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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

GUILIANI GOES FLIPPITY FLOPPITY ON IMMIGRATION

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If you can't figure out whether Rudy is pro-immigration or not, join the club. Historically, he's been great. But as John McCain admitted this week (and Sam Brownback learned the hard way), a very vocal xenophobic wing of the GOP doesn't take to kindly to anything short of the "execute, then deport" approach of Tom Tancredo.



Rudy has run to the fence over the past few months, though every once in a while he lets his guard down and says something that hints that there's still a brain and a heart somewhere in there.



Still, today's news that Guiliana has appointed two pretty extremist anti-immigrant politicians to an advisory board he's put together on immigration leaves one wondering. Nevertheless, he has not passed the Center for Immigration Studies acceptability test which means they suspect he's still at least 1% pro-immigration. So one can hold out some hope. 

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  1. Another voice's Avatar
    I do not think this is a good strategy for him at all. I understand that he is playing to the republican base right now mostly anti-immigrant. But if he does manage to pull off the nomination and he is the only republican that could give Hillary a run for her money then he will have to scale back this aproach. He will need more hispanic votes than the traditional cuban vote that republicans get and with this flip flopping Hispanics will not trust him even if he changes his tune again down the line.
  2. drew from immigrants list's Avatar
    A Gallup Poll in September showed candidate preference on immigration showed Giuliani at 31%, followed by McCain & Thompson at 23%, followed by Romney at 9%. Everything else combined for 13%. Back in September, Romney was the most restrictionist of the candidates & Thompson & Giuliani both had more moderate records than what they have since expoused.

    Polls then showed McCain at about 13% of the vote, which means 10% of people want McCain's immigration policy who don't plan on voting for McCain. Romney's immigration numbers actually trail his overall numbers by about 5%, while Giuliani's & Thompson's are about in line with their overall "who would you vote for."

    Giuliani's new anti-immigration consultant Jan Ting got 30% of the vote when he ran for Senate last year in a seat that was held by Republicans until 2000. Seems like giving the antis this much credence could be a big mistake.
  3. Limbo's Avatar
    Just my personal opinion here (my $,02, if you will). I think it is almost guaranteed that the next president will be pro-immigration a la Bush regardless of which party he/she belongs to.

    Anyone with enough vision to be chosen president will see that immigration is a good and necessary thing, including dealing with the enormous number of undocumented people in the country. Keeping out immigrants is economic suicide in this day of global competition, and the next president will have to acknowledge that.

    Americans still need to be vigilant, but I think what you are hearing now is just candidates playing to their perceived party bases.

    Now congress is another matter. That's where all the problems have been
  4. Another voice's Avatar
    Yeah I think that regrdless of the new president's Immigration stand Congress will determine the faith of this issue.
  5. Legal Immi's Avatar


    for those who are concerned about foreign policy this article throws some light on mayors approach...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/25/us/politics/25giuliani.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&ref=nyregion
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