Tuesday night, Newt Gingrich opened the door to some controversy when he opined that if he were President, some illegal aliens who had been in the country for a long time and had not committed criminal acts, could be allowed to stay.
From the Washington Examiner:
Newt Gingrich did not walk on stage at Tuesday's Republican presidential debate planning to make a bold new statement on immigration. In debate prep, the former House speaker spent a lot of time with national security advisers discussing the issue of religious freedom abroad -- a topic he has tried to showcase recently -- but didn't discuss immigration at all.
Besides, when Gingrich made his now-controversial remarks -- that he would permit some long-time illegal immigrants to stay in the United States permanently -- he wasn't saying anything he hadn't said earlier in the campaign. It's just that back then Gingrich was an also-ran and nobody was listening. Now, Gingrich is leading the polls, and people are paying close attention to his every word.
Here is what Gingrich said Tuesday night when the discussion turned to illegal immigrants: "I do not believe that the people of the United States are going to take people who have been here a quarter century, who have children and grandchildren, who are members of the community, who may have done something 25 years ago, separate them from their families, and expel them."
Gingrich said pretty much the same thing at a campaign event in South Carolina just last month. "There are some folks who have been here 20 or 25 years," he said. "They have paid taxes, they live in the community, they're married, they've got three kids, two grandkids, and they go to your local church. We are not going to deport them."
And at the nationally televised Sept. 7 Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library in California, Gingrich said, "We should ... find a way to deal with folks who are already here, some of whom, frankly, have been here 25 years, are married with kids, live in our local neighborhood, go to our church. It's got to be done in a much more humane way than thinking to automatically deport millions of people."
When I first heard Gingrich offer his opinion, to say I was not thrilled would be an understatement. I want illegal aliens removed from the country.
However, Gingrich may have made a great preemptory move that would allow for the greatest number of illegals to be removed from the country.
When we have a Republican President and he or she gets serious about removing the illegals from the country, those who are the illegal enablers are going to throw out the most sympathetic cases they can to try and get Americans to support not throwing the illegals out of the country. The most sympathetic would be someone who has been in the country for thirty years, has children and grandchildren and has not been arrested and perhaps even opened a business.
Gingrich’s proposal takes that off of the table. The illegals removed will not be the sympathetic illegals. They will be the most recent arrivals.
After the 2012 election, we must close the border and we must deport as many of the illegals as we can.
That is not negotiable.
Only one way to Stop this infiltration of our Borders "Secure The Damn boundaries by whatever means necessary to ensure all American citizens safety and guard against any New Threats to America period.Wouldn't you agree NWBill??????? Newt at least has ideas which I can't say for most in our Senate because they have Senate majority leader Harry Reid who cares about his plants at his home more than the American citizen voters huh? My advise to most of them is simple "Do So At Your Own Peril" The Pink Slips are about to go out at a fast clip get ready to take back our Country "Fast n' Furious" Oops another pun landed at Attorney General Holders feet!!!
Roland, yes, I agree, secure the borders by however and whatever it takes! But Roland, you can't discount the extreme importance of Harry Reid's poor little pomegrante trees - sniff, sniff.
LOL Laura. Hey everyone check out the new Defense authorization Act being proposed talk about illegal God will be on my side when it comes time for me to protect myself and all my belongings no matter how big or small they may be.
I am a legal immigrant and I think all illegals need to be deported.
But how exactly will you do it? How many federal egents will you need to deport 11 million people? BTW, dont forget: we kept our border OPEN for all of them to come here easily. Imaging yo live in poverty and you need to feed your family. And a few miles from you is an open border with a job waiting for you. Would you cross that border? Honestly, would you become that criminal? Of course you would!
So, close the frigging border first, and then do what Newt said. He is the only one who said something real (and doable) on this issue.
Again, doing what states should do by way of individual state laws would cause "self deportation".
Here we go again! Debra, how do you propose we do that? Will they suddenly
decide to turn themselves in at the WalMart deportation center?
No! This has to be a carrot and stick approach. Entice them with a nice carrot,
but if they don't play along, whack them with the stick as you find them.
We have to be realistic! And, certainly putting a few divisions of Marines on the border wouldn't hurt!
How am I 'bouncin' off the walls'? All I said is IF the people are here ILLEGALLY then they need to be deported.
And as for 'how' it's to be done, we have millions of unemployed law Abiding Americans. I'm betting a good number of them would make good agents. Fire the ones refusing to do their jobs, and hire the ones that will.
What about the money? Who's gonna pay them?
And, I'm sorry if I'm picking on you...but I'm here to win hearts and minds
I wonder why we should copy the incremental policy of the Left? Does that mean we should be more like the Left to win?
The strategy behind the idea is to GET THE HISPANIC VOTE NO MATTER HOW BADLY HE HAS TO DESTROY OUR NATION IN DOING SO.Judson,why do you seam to jump behind every RINO that pops up & expect everyone to follow?
Robbie: Excellent point about the illegal vote. Many illegals are also of a certain political - faux religious background and will do whatever that organization says. La Raza is also there to encourage this.