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.
Fred probably would leave it up to the states. That’s his answer for everything.
All these candidates need to be exposed on the illegal alien issue and other issues. Too much dancing around already, but in terms of which candidates can appeal to red states that actually vote Republican in general elections, I think it’s between Romney and Thompson, once voters are clear on where all candidates stand on key issues.
I think this country club Republican strategy where blue states nominate through the primaries a candidate (Rudy) the red states will have to elect in November of 2008 is a recipe for disaster.
Fred has already given his position and, no, that is not it. But I suspect you knew that already.
“Pretty soon, Southern white guys like me may be in the minority,” Huckabee said jokingly as the crowd roared in laughter.”
Just the sort of sentiment one can expect from guilt-ridden white guys, or those who think American residency or citizenship is a gift they personally have to offer the world’s poor.
We don’t need those sentiments in positions of leadership.
“This is the same BS story. Romney hired (legally) a company and it is illegal to check the immigration status of those employees.”
Romney hired a shady landscaping business that did not pay taxes and employed Central American illegals. In all those years Romney knew those foreign, non English speaking men, that lived a life of working for cash and avoiding the IRS, yet he never suspicioned that they may be illegal.
Romney was not required to continue to employ those landscapers for 10 years and to recommend them to other people.
For those of us that know of the world of illegals you won’t be able to sell us the impossibility of picking and choosing who you make your long term relationships with.
I don’t tolerate illegals working at my home or business, or even for my subs, this is like all questions related to Romney, there is always the uncomfortable truths.
It's the number one issue relating to our Homeland security and sovernity. Listen up, candidates.
It could simply be that Freddie doesn’t have the pro illegal record that Rudy and Huck have.
Governor Romney opposed efforts to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens. "Those who are here illegally should not receive tacit support from our government that gives an indication of legitimacy," the governor said, echoing arguments that opponents have voiced in the Commonwealth and in other states considering similar license measures. "If they are here illegally, they should not get driver's licenses," he said. (Scott S. Greenberger, "Romney Stand Dims Chances Of License For Undocumented," The Boston Globe, 10/28/2003)
Governor Romney vetoed an outside section of the 2005 state budget that would have permitted illegal aliens to pay the same in-state tuition rate paid by Massachusetts citizens at state public colleges and universities. (Office Of The Governor, "Romney Signs $22.402B Fiscal Year 2005 'No New Tax' Budget," Press Release, 6/25/2004)
Thank you for the update!
Pretty soon, Southern white guys like me may be in the minority, Huckabee said jokingly as the crowd roared in laughter.
The pathetic cry of the soon-to-be extinct.
GIULIANI: Third Party Conservative
McCAIN: Third Party Conservative
HUCKABEE: Third Party Conservative
ROMNEY: Third Party Conservative
THOMPSON: Probably Thompson
PAUL: Probably Paul
Well, you seem to be intent on suicide, since the only people you will vote for probably won’t get the nominaton.
Wow... The only one that’s a deal breaker for me is Giuliani. I’ll admit some of the others aren’t great, and I’d have to cover my eyes pulling that lever. You can vote for who you want, of course, and we’ve already compromised more than enough with the GOP, but I don’t think the other candidates will do the irreversible damage to conservative influence that Giuliani would.
If my pizza delivery man spoke no English, you can be darn tootin I’d be reporting the company to www.wehirealiens.com for suspected hiring of illegal aliens. I’d also let the company know I’d done so. I wouldn’t ignore it for years while greeting the delivery man in Spanish, as the Romney’s did their landscapers.
Personally, I think Mitt Romney is our best choice to defeat Hillary and company.
The former Arkansas governor has openly sympathized with the needs of illegal immigrants. He has advocated prenatal care for pregnant immigrants and has proposed a scholarship program for illegal immigrants who graduate from Arkansas high schools (Arkansas News Bureau). He also criticized a 2005 federal immigration raid (AP) in Arkansas. Huckabee has expressed support for amnesty for illegal immigrants under some conditions. In an interview with ABC-TVs George Stephanopoulos, he said, We should have a process where people can pay the penalties, step up and accept responsibility for not being here legally. He added: The objective is not to be punitive. The objective is to make things right. He has also expressed support for some type of barrier along the border with Mexico.