Here is a letter I have quickly drafted in response to Assemblyman Donnelly’s AB26:
Assemblyman Donnelly, as a fellow California Republican, I respectfully disagree with your proposed AB 26. Following SB 1070 in Arizona, the controversy and racial divisiveness it has caused Republicans in Arizona with the Latino communities hasn’t been good, and continuing down that path will not help us electorally in the future.
Thankfully, I am here not to fully criticize or demonize your proposal, but to offer a friendly suggestion. A compromise. Much like the Utah Compromise, HB 466, that is being proposed in the Utah Legislature by Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R-Orem) and Sen. Curtis Bramble (R-Provo). Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff also helped draft the bill.
The Utah Compromise (HB 466) is a joint migrant worker bill that would establish a partnership between Utah and Mexico, creating a legal pipeline for migrant workers.
I believe you could be the poster child, and a stronger champion for immigration reform efforts if you adapted Utah HB 466 for California. There does need to be a fix for immigration, but a California version of SB 1070 is not the way to go.
For the future of our party, and for the future of California, I respectfully request that you modify your bill. Otherwise, I fear that you are helping to doom our party for another generation of minority status representation in the Golden State.
This is just my opinion.