Some of those Republicans are with the "Hard Work Clean Hand" initiative, a self-described conservative immigration group that has circulated a letter urging RNC delegates to adopt the Texas Republican Party's immigration platform.
Brad Bailey served on the Texas GOP’s 2012 Platform Committee and co-wrote the immigration plan, which takes aim at the 14th Amendment by limiting citizenship — "with no exceptions" — to people born to citizens of the U.S.
But the plan also calls for creating an "effective and efficient temporary worker program."
So what does that mean?
Bailey spells that out:
• Self-funding through participation fees and fines;
• Applicants must pass a full criminal background check;
• Applicants with prior immigration violations would only qualify for the program if they paid the appropriate fines;
• Applicants and/or employers must prove that they can afford and/or secure private health insurance;
• Applicants must waive any and all rights to apply for financial assistance from any public entitlement programs;
• Applicant must show a proficiency in the English language and complete an American civics class;
• Temporary Workers would only be able to work for employers that deduct and match payroll taxes;
• All participants would be issued an individual Temporary-Worker Biometric Identification Card that tracks all address changes and both civil and criminal court appearances.
Bailey, who is also the founder and CEO of the Hard Work, Clean Hand group, writes that "we are sharing our plan, its details and development with you because we believe The Texas Solution is our party’s strongest opportunity to lead and effectively reform immigration law." He adds that the GOP "does not represent Anglos alone, but all Americans who support traditional, conservative values of family, faith and freedom."
The letter concludes, "The Texas Solution is a reality because conservatives banded together to draw a common sense plan that will work. We invite you to join us in publicly supporting The Texas Solution and advocating for it with your fellow delegates in Tampa.”
The Platform Committee is scheduled to meet in Tampa August 19-21.