Skip to comments.2006 - Giuliani Endorses McCain-Kennedy Immigration Reform [Amnesty]
Posted on 05/18/2007 10:31:35 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
GIULIANI: And I think that, you know, we're going through a very serious debate on immigration and I think that I look at it from the point of view of how do we create more security for the United States? How do we, in an era of a war on terrorism, which is going to continue for the indefinable future, and then some of the other problems that we have, how do we create more security? And I think that either extreme is not the right answer.
One extreme is what I would call the punitive approach, which is reflected in the House legislation that was passed, which is to make it a crime to be an illegal or undocumented immigrant; it is illegal now but it's not a crime and I believe, if I recall correctly, that it would make it a five-year felony and there are 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. It would become a law that was honored in the breach and it could not possibly be enforced.
To give you the dimensions that I remember, at least when I was the Mayor, it's estimated that there are about 400,000 people in that category in New York, it could be more now but it used to be about 400,000. The Immigration and Naturalization Service, I believe, deports about 1,500 to 2,000 people a year so I pretty quickly figured out that I was going to have 398,000 illegal immigrants no matter what the federal government did and I had to do something sensible about it rather than something stupid and kind of make it work in the society in which we exist.
Well, that's really the picture for the whole country and to deal with it in a punitive way is actually going to make us considerably less secure than we already are because the problem is that we have such a huge underground that we can't really keep account of who's here, who they are, identify them, and kind of separate the ones that are here for benign or neutral purposes, which we can argue about the competitiveness and the economy and everything else, but they're not really doing damage to our society, might even be making vast contributions to it, and then focus on the people that we have to focus on who are the people that might come here to carry out terrorist acts or to sell drugs or to commit crimes and the reason we can't do that well is that we have a system already that's unenforceable, that's unrealistic given the numbers of people that want to come here, the size of our borders, the number of resources that we could conceivably have to apply to it.
So the right answer is to do the things that have to be done to secure our borders, introduce new technology, require more of people in describing who they are, identify them effectively, fingerprint them or finger image them if you have to, photograph them, come up with cards for them, use the modern methods that we presently have for identifying people but don't try to legislate against the inevitable forces of, you know, social movement and the economy because it isn't going to work. So we have to find a way and I think that the compromise the Senate was looking at something along those lines makes sense.
Give people a way to earn citizenship, give them a way to earn citizenship in which they have to demonstrate facility with English and they have jobs and they're paying taxes and they've put themselves in an entirely legal status, recognize the economic forces that are realistic ones that require people to come into the United States or require people to have people come into the United States, and you identify them and you have them pay taxes and you find out who they are and then you concentrate on the people who are avoiding that and you'll be capable of doing that because it'll be a problem the dimensions of which you can touch and feel and measure and see and it'll be much harder for terrorists to hide in a situation like that.
And I think that the Manhattan Institute, which sort of turns on trying to figure out the logical and sensible answer to a problem, can play a big role in getting us to think about immigration in a way that it is sensible and it gets us to a resolution that makes us more secure because I think that going in either extreme is going to hurt us.
They’re off my list, too.
Go figure the swimmer torpedoes to of the “liberals most likely to succeed” with one bullet.
Thanks for flushing ‘em out, Teddy!
All the clauses put in this amnesty bill mean nothing because they won’t be enforced...We have been betrayed by our politicians since 1965..
Government agencies will be created under Immigration Reform..These agencies will be staffed and run by the people who were illegal or by Latinos, Chicana, Hispanic,, who still talk with heavy accents yet are legal.
Let’s face it, we have been sold out by liberal democratic politicians who have socially engineered our country to resemble a Bananna republic....it’s all for votes.
The ding bat California politicians sold out California and now they are in key positions in Washington DC...Get used to socialism or worse...
All the leaders with BALLS have been emasculated by political correctness, diversity, and gender....
When the European American becomes the minority in this country you will see persecution. Minority status and the perks that go with it will never be given to European American males...They are the bad guys....
Careful now,...they may try to recraft their message after reading tomorrows polls - at least Rudy might. McCain is too deep into it to back out. He may as well save his dough and retire.
Now we will have them caught in their lie before they get off the stage. Every talking head on TV that will interview them after the debate will have the info on the lie emailed to them in 5 minutes.
It doesn’t work like it did 10 short years ago.
Here’s Romney’s take in 2005.
it is illegal now but it’s not a crime
“Ah ain’t got time for this jibba-jabba.” Mr. T
Version 1 of ? on his take of the legislation? Thanks for the info!
I despise this moron, Rudy!!
Rudy is an IDIOT!
Go post this at Wideawkes and watch the meltdown. ;o)
Somehow I doubt they’d let me in the door. ;-)
Can something like that be sent out in mass emails? Like a bumper sticker?