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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Gingrich Strikes Note of Pragmatism on Immigration

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I can remember Newt Gingrich taking surprisingly moderate immigration positions when he was House Speaker and am pleased to see he has not abandoned those positions just to get through the GOP primaries. Last night at the latest GOP debate, Gingrich made it clear that an enforcement only approach is not the way to go. Here's a video report from the NY Daily News:


 


Gingrich's plan is still kind of weird - draft boards of citizens who will make determinations on legalizing out of status individuals. I don't see that working in the real world.


Gingrich's gamble could be pretty shrewd. The conventional wisdom is that you need to take far right positions on immigration in order to win the Republican nomination and then have to figure out how to get back to the center to have a shot at getting at least a decent showing with Hispanic voters. But as I've shown many times over the years, most voters don't consider immigration one of their top issues and are not likely to vote against someone just because they disagree on that issue. Gingrich apparently understands this and is willing to roll the dice that he can survive the primary process without going extreme.

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  1. gg's Avatar
    Newts plan = Free flow of second class migrant workers thanks to a brainchild of Krieble Foundation

    http://redcardsolution.com/
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    "Newts plan = Free flow of second class migrant workers thanks to a brainchild of Krieble Foundation."

    "And pretty soon living standards in the state will start to resemble that time as well."

    The US south is pretty much a developing country. Many development indicators in Chile and Argentina are far better than that of Alabama, Lousiaiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and at least all of Georgia outside of some of the Atlanta suburbs, according to the Global Executive Forum. Thomasville, Georgia is as bad as many towns in India..with the mindset similar to that of the Indian caste system. At least the Indians who migrate to this country have brains...that is not something one can say about many residents of Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama or Lousiana or for that matter SC or Arkansas. Giving Red Card is not going to change the intellect of these states by much! Living standards in these states are dismal...as I said Thomasville, GA is as bad as any town in India and it is an all-white town with trailers all over the place!

  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    I think in reality Newt's plan is not workable but it is good to see that some of these clowns are at least acknowledging the reality that the deport them all agenda is fantasy land. They also see the opening politically created by the Obama policies on immigration of empty promises, playing political football with the issue and the dissapointment throughout the Latino community. That has given people like Newt an oppening he is willing to gamble enough to try to get to the center and get to the magical 35-40% of the Hispanic vote to win. I think is still a long shot because the choice is then who's lie is better Obama's of full CIR or Newt's of half CIR. If you are a betting man and you know that a president alone can not get Immigration done and that the republican party will not sign on to Newt's plan or any other plan, you still bet on Obama and the dems.
  4. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Not letting people get citizenship leaves the definite smell of dividing the country into classes. My personal opinion is that if something like that happens, it will be overturned, but will leave a defnite mark of Repulica reputation with Hispanics, much like the civil rights reforms did.
  5. Another Voice's Avatar
    "Not letting people get citizenship leaves the definite smell of dividing the country into classes. My personal opinion is that if something like that happens, it will be overturned, but will leave a defnite mark of Repulica reputation with Hispanics, much like the civil rights reforms did."

    I agree!!!! the Newt so called "plan" just creates second class citizens, I guess he forgot about that little detail of equal protection under the law thing....but let's be real he knows himself that this idea would never work!!! I heard a pundit today that stated that all these candidates are taking cues from Romney since he is allowed to flip flop now they all want to so is risk less to take a position when you can back dawn from it later on.....
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