Skip to comments.Romney Assails Giuliani, Huckabee on Tuition Breaks for Illegal Immigrants
Posted on 11/13/2007 5:04:57 PM PST by tompster76
SIOUX CITY, Iowa Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, seeking to protect his lead and fend off challenges from rivals in this early-voting state, assailed Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee over supporting tuition breaks and broader sanctuary for illegal immigrants or their children.
The former Massachusetts governor singled out two of his Republican opponents and likened them to Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying Tuesday: "There are those people in both parties who are in a sanctuary state of mind, who believe in sanctuary cities, who believe in policies which are sanctuary in nature."
In campaign appearances and advertisements in Iowa and elsewhere, Romney is increasingly using illegal immigration to differentiate himself from the rest of his opponents. The issue is particularly salient in Iowa's ultra-conservative western region, given the influx of immigrants coming to work in fields and factories in recent years.
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This is what these guys need to do. If you want to win, you best point out the flaws in your opponents.
Mitt’s silence regarding Fred is notable here.
Fred isn’t rising in Iowa. Huckabee is.
That is what needs to happen. Hunter is the true conservative, the true fighter on security and Islamo terror.
He is pro life, pro gun, pro sovereignty, anti illegals.
What the heck are we all messing around with most of these other dufuses for?
He didn’t go after Ron Paul, either. Clearly, Romney does not believe that Thompson is a serious threat anymore.
Re Thompson: Romney stated: “He was elected to the Senate, went to the Senate. What did he do during that time period? I just don’t know. It doesn’t stand out as an effort that he made.”
(I agree. Fred had the opportunity to do something, e.g push for the fence but he didn’t)
Thursday, Jun 30, 2005
By Wesley Brown
Arkansas News Bureau
LITTLE ROCK - In a impassioned speech before hundreds of influential Hispanic civil rights leaders from across the nation, Gov. Mike Huckabee told a captive audience Wednesday that America is great because it has always opened it doors up to people seeking a better way of life.
"I would hope that no matter who we are, or where we are from, that America should always be a place that opens its arms, opens it heart, opens its spirit to people who come because they want the best for their families ...," Huckabee said as the largely Hispanic audience gave him a standing ovation.
Huckabee was the keynote speaker, along with Tyson Foods Inc. Chairman and CEO John Tyson, at a noon luncheon of the League of United Latin American Citizens, which is holding its 76th annual convention in Little Rock.
About 10,000 political, community and business leaders, along with exhibitors and speakers are in Little Rock attending the convention at the Statehouse Convention Center. The convention started Monday and runs through Saturday.
Although he never actually talked about the U.S. or Arkansas immigration policy, Huckabee made it very clear where he stood on the issue. In his opening remarks, he said the nation will need to address the concerns of the Hispanic community because of its growing influence and population base.
He told the LULAC delegates that their presence in the state's capital city was very important because Arkansas has one of the fastest growing Hispanic populations in the nation. "Your gathering is so very significant for our state," Huckabee said. "We are delighted to have you."
Despite several light moments, Huckabee did not stray away from several controversial issues that made him a target of criticism during the recently ended 85th General Assembly. He said Arkansas needs to make the transition from a traditional Southern state to one that recognizes and cherishes diversity "in culture, in language and in population."
"This is an issue that is going to require extraordinary efforts on both sides of the border, particularly those coming from Mexico," Huckabee said of verifying the status of illegal aliens. "But I am confident that our government will recognize that we should accommodate people who wish to provide the best opportunities for their families (and) employers so that we can make sure our economy has the necessary work force."
During the legislation session, Huckabee criticized an immigration bill by Republican senators Jim Holt of Springdale and Denny Altes of Fort Smith as un-Christian, un-American, irresponsible and anti-life. Senate Bill 206, which died in the Senate, would have required proof of citizenship to register to vote and also force state agencies to report suspected cases of people living in the country illegally. Holt, R-Springdale, replied later to Huckabee's comments that Christian charity does not include turning a blind eye to lawbreaking.
We should not be giving people legal incentives to break the law and enter the country illegally.
well he sponsored Mccain feingold...
Emerges? To where? I think his poll numbers are what? 1%
I am not a fan of Mitt or Huck. I just want these candidates to get out there and start dukeing it out. I want them to start exposing each other so that people get a true picture of what they may be supporting. Truth is, many people do not know, and Huck is out there fooling them.
I am a Duncan Hunter fan. To me, he has about all the qualities we need for the next POTUS.
Wish everyone else could see that.
I will not vote for Rooty, Huck, Paul, McCain, or Romney if I can help it. Narrows it down for me.
Tuition for illegals would be more relevant if they offered bachelor degrees in leaf blowing and picking lettuce. This is really the last election that gives us the chance to regain control of the border
Thanks for posting this. Please continue to do so. It should be printed up on handouts and stuffed in the front door of every Iowa voter. Somebody’s got to get the truth out about this sanctimonious, smary, do-gooder. He reminds of Jimmy Carter. The same kind of naive, asinine, provincial, backstabbing hick with an inflated idea of his importance and moral superiority. Listening to him in the debates makes me almost physically ill. The simple-minded sermonettes that he tries to pass off as substantive responses to questions shouldn’t fool anyone. When is the MSM going to start exposing this fraud?
I know. I totally am sold on this guy. He had an hour on the Glenn Beck show last Friday.
I came out of that hour more sold than ever. Talk about "straight talk". That was Hunter.
He's not flowery, or full of BS talk, he just says what I want to hear.
“For about eight years, Rosales said, he worked on and off landscaping the grounds at Romney’s home, occasionally getting a “buenos dias” from Romney or a drink of water from his wife, Ann.
“She is very nice,” said Rosales, 49.
About 6 miles away in Copado, a 37-year-old man who recently returned to Guatemala from the United States told a similar story, describing long days tending Romney’s 2 1/2-acre grounds.
“They wanted that house to look really nice,” said the worker, who asked to remain anonymous. “It took a long time.”
As Governor Mitt Romney explores a presidential bid, he has grown outspoken in his criticism of illegal immigration. But, for a decade, the governor has used a landscaping company that relies heavily on workers like these, illegal Guatemalan immigrants, to maintain the grounds surrounding his pink Colonial house on Marsh Street in Belmont.
The Globe recently interviewed four current and former employees of Community Lawn Service with a Heart, the tiny Chelsea-based company that provides upkeep of Romney’s property. All but one said they were in the United States illegally.
The employees told the Globe that company owner Ricardo Saenz never asked them to provide documents showing their immigration status and knew they were illegal immigrants.
“He never asked for papers,” said Rosales, who said he had paid smugglers about $5,000 to take him across the US-Mexican border and settled in Chelsea.
The workers said they were paid in cash at $9 to $10 an hour and sometimes worked 11-hour days.
Romney never inquired about their status, they said.
In addition to maintaining the governor’s property, they also tended to the lawn at the house owned by Romney’s son, Taggart, less than a mile away on the same winding street.
Asked by a reporter yesterday about his use of Community Lawn Service with a Heart, Romney, who was hosting the Republican Governors Association conference in Miami, said, “Aw, geez,” and walked away.”
This is the same BS story. Romney hired (legally) a company and it is illegal to check the immigration status of those employees. It seems some people are desperate if this is all they can do. I don’t check the immigration status of my pizza deliverymen either.