By Gary P Jackson
Even the best of con men can only keep up their act for so long. In the end, a leopard can’t change it’s spots, and a scorpion is always a scorpion. It’s their nature.
Newt has been able to deftly hide his Big Government, ultra-liberal mind-set, from the less engaged voter for the last few months. In last night’s debate, Newt brought the Full Monty on an issue that Conservatives care deeply about, and once again showed just how clueless he is, and how his default solution for every single problem is MORE government not less.
Newt has always been soft on illegals, and has always been for amnesty. He voted for amnesty back in the Reagan era, one of the few things Ronald Reagan got wrong. Unlike Reagan, who regretted trusting the democrats, and regretted signing the bill in the first place, Gingrich has stated that even knowing the democrats screwed Reagan, and the country, and nothing they promised in return was ever delivered, he’d still vote for amnesty again.
Newt talks about dealing with illegals in a “humane way”, implying that anyone who isn’t down with his plan doesn’t want that, which is an insult to us all.
Might as well call Conservatives “heartless like Rick Perry has.
He also thinks it’s just horrible that illegals who have lived here for 25 years should be asked to go home. Yeah, because breaking the law every single day for 25 years makes them model citizens!
Among other things, Newt wants to create a WWII style Selective Service Board, at the local level, to review illegals, and give them some sort of “legal” status, if they pass whatever criteria Newt cooks up, or allows them to.
Again, these would be local, and the local citizens on these review boards would determine, using their own standards, who stays and who must go. Unless Newt has buried the details somewhere, it looks like you could potentially have a different standard in every single community. You can bet these review boards would be quite liberal handing out legal status.
Worse, as this is a federal deal, the federal government would be footing the bill, using YOUR money.
We already have plenty of laws on the books to deal with illegal aliens. We’re $15 TRILLION in debt [and counting] The last thing we need is another Big Government boondoggle.
Much like Rick Perry’s DREAM Act, something Newt supports on a national basis, in what he calls an “amended form”, Newt’s “draft boards” would only serve as a magnet for more illegals, rather than a deterrent.
Micky Kaus has a good read on what Newt is up to, and what a mess it would be.
1) A key word here is “ultimately.” Is Gingrich saying he’d wait a while–i.e. years–between putting “every piece in place” and giving out his Selective Service style amnesty? If the answer is yes, then his plan might be an incremental improvement on proposals like the “FEET” plan–which would wait eight years after enforcement measures work before talking about amnesty.
The intervening years of effective enforcement would a) send a signal to the world that the immigration game had changed, counteracting the “magnet” effect amnesty inevitably has, and b) by definition prevent future generations of illegals from getting in even if an eventual amnesty made the idea more attractive. (The improvement would be that the amnesty wouldn’t be a blanket amnesty but a case-by-case review– though if there were any real chance of losing at the review stage few illegals would come forward.)
2) But there’s no particular need (aside from the political need to woo Latinos) to specify now what sort of eventual amnesty might be considered. You could just tell the illegals now living here that they’ll have to wait “in the shadows” while the borders are secured. Or you could say nothing. That would enhance the temporary deterrent effect of enforcement measures and lower the “magnet” effect of ”ultimate amnesty” talk. Gingrich seems to want to tie up all the loose ends in a nice detailed “comprehensive” plan befitting a world-historical thinker like himself. On immigration this impulse tends to get you into trouble.
3) Gingrich doesn’t emphasize the time delay between the enforcement “pieces” and the amnesty, leaving the impression he’d like to rush from one (“OK! Border’s closed!”) to the other, without waiting, say, for the inevitable ACLU enforcement-weakening lawsuits to wend their way through the courts.
4) That impression is reinforced by his additional embrace of the Krieble Foundation’s “red card” proposal. This plan would apparently grant immediate, legal, non-citizen status to all illegals in the country who went home and obtained an easy-to-get guest worker pass from an employer. There would be no “artificial limits on their number”–in effect, as many red cards would be issued as employers demanded. The catch is that in theory a red card holder would then be required to re-return “home” when his or her guest worker pass expired in order to obtain another one. How many of today’s illegals–especially the one’s who’ve been here “for 25 years”–are going to take this deal? If they don’t, will Gingrich immediately offer them Selective-Service style review? If so, his plan moves a lot closer to a near-term amnesty.
Read more here.
As Phillip Klein reports, Mitt Romney was quick to jump all over Newt.
After tonight’s debate, Mitt Romney’s campaign clearly saw an opening to go after a surging Newt Gingrich, after he argued for considering a path to legality for immigrants who had originally come to this country illegally 25 years ago, but had spent decades integrating themselves in a community.
“Newt Gingrich supported the 1986 amnesty act, and even though he conceded that was a mistake, he said that he was willing to repeat that mistake by extending amnesty to immigrants who are illegally in the country today,” Romney adviser and spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said in the spin room following the AEI/Heritage Foundation debate in Washington, DC. “Mitt Romney is against amnesty, and Newt Gingrich made it very clear he was for amnesty.”
I’m no fan of Mitt Romney, but in the interest of fairness, it must be pointed out that Romney actually vetoed DREAM Act legislation in his state, pioneered a program to let state police enforce immigration law, implemented English immersion programs, and [unsuccessfully] fought off attempts to grant driving privileges to illegals.
Let’s face it, when you are to the left of Mitt Romney, on any issue, it’s time for you to pack up and go home.
Romney is actually better on immigration that Newt or Rick Perry. English immersion is critical. Assimilation is a good thing.
Thanks to a misguided U.S. Supreme Court ruling [Plyer v Doe] states are forced to educate the children of illegal aliens, all the way through high school. If we’re going to educate them, we should make sure they know English. It’s the language we speak in America, and the universal language of business.
I’m glad the REAL Newt Gingrich showed up last night. Maybe that will wake people up!
It doesn’t matter what the issue is, Newt’s default setting is to find a bloated, Big Government solution for it. And the “solution” is generally something completely out of touch with Conservative values and goals.
We have plenty of laws on the books to deal with illegals. All that needs to happen is have those laws enforced. If one wants to create new laws, they should be laws that severely punish those who hire illegals. Severe enough to stop employers from hiring anyone not here legally.
I like to think I can put myself in the illegal’s shoes as well. I do understand why someone would want to come to America and live a better life. But we are a nation of laws. When a group refuses to obey those laws they need to be dealt with.
One of the issues of illegals, that few talk about, is the fact these illegals are little more than modern day slaves. Since they are here illegally, and aren’t in a position to complain, employers take advantage of them, not only by paying far less than market wages, but often force them to work in conditions that are unsafe. Of course, the illegals are here by their own choice, but it doesn’t make this situation right.
This is a complicated issue, and deserves serious action, by serious people, not huge Big Government boondoggles, and what amounts to amnesty for 10’s of millions of illegals.
Let’s not forget that many of these illegals aren’t good, hard working people who simply want a better life for themselves and their families. As Texas Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples notes, in a groundbreaking strategic military assessment, the Texas border is a war zone. Terrorists are routinely crossing our border.
Some of these are Narco-terrorists looking to further there position in the drug trade, but some are members of Islamic terrorist groups like Hezbollah. These Islamic terrorists learn Spanish, and blend in with others as they come over our border.
Border security is a major issue, and instead of talking about securing our border first, Newt is talking about amnesty for illegals. Shows you where his priorities are.
Newt is, and has always been a Big Government liberal. He knows how to talk like a Conservative, but in the end, he’s the farthest thing from it!
America can do a hell of a lot better than Newt Gingrich.
America MUST do a hell of a lot better than Newt Gingrich!