For many years now, our nation has debated the merits of race preferences
("affirmative action"). This debate has been conducted in our legislatures, our
courts, our schools, our communities and at the ballot box. Now, our nation is engaged in
a debate about immigration.
This debate is wide ranging and many people honorably and strenuously disagree over what
course America should take. However, immigration and race preferences cannot be considered
in isolation. Under existing laws and policies, the majority of immigrants coming to
America will automatically be eligible for race preferences and privileges not provided to
the great majority of Americans. This is unfair!
As voters in California, Washington and Michigan made clear in their overwhelming support
of ballot measures banning government mandated racial preferences and as voters in
five other states will have the opportunity to prove again in November 2008 the
American people strongly oppose the idea that our government should treat us differently
based on race, ethnicity, sex or national origin.
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They understand that while preferences were aimed at giving a helping hand to those who
had historically suffered discrimination, in practice they have served above all to
compound injustice, needlessly breeding resentment by systematically privileging some
Americans over others. Yet, immigrants cannot even claim to be victims of the historical
discrimination that "affirmative action" was designed to redress.
It is essential
that any new immigration legislation not perpetuate indeed not exacerbate
these injustices. Any new legislation should include carefully drafted provisions to
ensure that the new immigrants and their children not be afforded any special privileges
that put existing Americans, including minority Americans who have suffered actual
discrimination in the past, at a disadvantage.
We, the undersigned, hold a variety of views about immigration. But we are united in the
conviction that each individual should be judged on his or her merits. While immigrants
and their descendants should be afforded the right to compete fairly and freely in every
aspect of American life, they should receive no special benefits on the basis of race,
sex, ethnicity or national origin.
We have drafted language that would enable the Congress to preserve this very important
Ours is a nation dedicated to the proposition that all of us should be treated as equals
under the law. Those who seek to join the American family should likewise be treated as
equals. No individual or group of individuals should bring to our land an expectation for
a future entitlement to preferential treatment and under no circumstances should we
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