November 30, 2011
As a political frontrunner in the 2012 presidential election, Newt Gingrich’s stance on immigration has something for everyone.
Due to the liberal media’s back and forth bashing on Gingrich’s stand on immigration here are the facts:
Under Gingrich, there would be no federal overhaul. The 1988 Simpson-Mazzoli Act on immigration barred employers from hiring undocumented immigrants and fortified security along the Mexican border. It also offered some amnesty to some undocumented workers. The bill did not diminish the flow of undocumented immigrants into this country, and it was seen as a failure by many.
The real road on immigration would take three paths under Gingrich: enforcement, legal path to citizenship, and eligibility.
Gingrich has advocated a double-down approach and enforcing current immigration laws by securing the border as the No. 1 priority and by using rapid response teams and predator drones to the total fence approach that currently has holes in it. We have enforcement laws on the books that our federal government does not abide by.
Gingrich has stated he would make some of the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States eligible for legal status. The immigrants who came here as children and later served in our military should have a path to legal status. The DREAM Act had this provision but it never passed into law.
Gingrich also has stated the requirements dictating who would be eligible: being self supporting and purchasing health care. If they are not on this path, the individuals would pay a fine.
Rep. Silver Reyes, D-Texas, made this statement, “In President Obama’s and my vision of America, families who have been here for 25 years, who have paid their taxes, who are integral parts of our communities and churches, should not be separated.”
From the looks of things, Newt Gingrich is on the right path to control illegal immigration by enforcement, legal path to citizenship and eligibility. If he is not caught up in the media meat grinder, this plan may have some real traction into controlling a problem that has gone on for decades. If we want to hand over the election to Barack Obama, the Republican candidate must walk a tightrope on immigration to be firm but fair. If we take the approach of deporting everyone who is illegal, Barack Obama will be reelected, end of the lesson.
Edwin Vargas, New Bern
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