ANAHEIM — California’s Republican Party voted Sunday to change its stance on immigration with the adoption of an amendment authored by California GOP Central Valley Regional Vice Chairman Marcelino Valdez. The Tea Party caucus ultimately backed the amendment.
by MICHELLE MOONS
A draft version of the amendment was approved in committee on Saturday at the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim. The early version sought to strike the words “illegal alien” from platform language, remove a stance that all election ballots and government documents be printed in English only, and remove a declaration “allowing illegal immigrants to remain in California undermines respect for the law,” according tothe Sacramento Bee. Debate during Sunday’s floor vote led to significant adjustments. TheBee reports that the platform still supports English as the official language of government, but has dropped a demand that ballots be printed in English only. It also refers to illegal aliens as “people,” rather than as “otherwise law-abiding folks,” as originally proposed.
“We are pleased to see that the immigration plank has been updated and the Party has adopted a stance that modernizes the platform while still maintaining the core values of the party,” Valdez said Sunday. “This is a great first step in the right direction towards growing the California Republican Party.”
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