In 2012, the Republican Party stood for the ancient biblical proposition that the sins of the father should be visited upon the son. Mitt Romney captured its presidential nomination while vowing to veto the Dream Act, which would allow immigrants brought here illegally as children to gain citizenship. The new statement of "principles on immigration" issued by congressional Republicans does not sound hateful toward brown people. The good news, writes Steve Chapman, is that many GOP members grasp the need to moderate their policy. The bad news is that the party still perpetuates the fantasy of wiping out illegal immigration by empowering government.
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