Did Newt Gingrich just flip-flop on immigration?

Christian Science Monitor-

During Tuesday night’s GOP presidential debate, Gingrich got all compassionate-conservative on the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants – more compassionate than conservative, in fact, or so it seemed.

No talk of electrified fences or moats with alligators, as some of his Republican presidential rivals had offered. No promise to “shut down” the US-Mexico border the first day of his presidency (Rick Perry), or scary warnings that “terrorists have come into this country by way of Mexico” (Herman Cain).

IN PICTURES: Newt, now and then

Yes, Gingrich said, if somebody has recently come into the United States illegally and “has no ties to this country” then “they ought to go home.” (Which sort of sounded like someone having a pang of conscience about being an outlaw immigrant and voluntarily returning to their village south of the border.)

But then Gingrich added something big enough to drive a truck full of illegals through a hole in the fence at San Diego – or so his critics quickly said.

“If you’ve been here 25 years and you’ve got three kids and two grandkids, you’ve been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church,” he said,  “I don’t think we’re going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out.”

But forcefully uprooting illegals and kicking them out is the default position for Gingrich’s presidential rivals (and for most Republican governors and lawmakers these days).

Within seconds, Michele Bachmann was charging Gingrich with advocating “amnesty” – and not just for the kind of long-time families he was describing but for all 11 million illegal immigrants in this country. Mitt Romney called Gingrich’s position “a magnet” for more illegals.

Bachmann later told PBS that Gingrich “probably has the most liberal position on illegal immigration of any of the candidates in the race.”

Since then, other critics have spoken out.

“Newt did himself significant harm on immigration among caucus and primary voters,’’ tweeted Tim Albrecht, deputy chief of staff to Gov. Terry Branstad in Iowa – the state holding the first caucuses in January.

While in Congress, Gingrich voted for amnesty for undocumented immigrants in 1986 and for smaller, more specific amnesties throughout the 1990s, Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, which advocates tighter immigration controls, told the Associated Press. The organization gave Gingrich a “D” for his time in Congress.

Trying to keep his place as the current front-runner, Gingrich has been elaborating on his earlier statements – emphasizing the get-tougher part of his position.

“I am not for amnesty for anyone. I am not for a path to citizenship for anybody who got here illegally,” Gingrich said at a town hall event in Naples, Florida, Friday night. “I would have very, very stiff economic penalties for anyone who hires somebody who is not legally inside the system. I would be very tough.”

Rather than amnesty, he said, “I am suggesting a certification of legality with no right to vote and no right to become an American citizen unless they go home and apply through the regular procedures back home and get in line behind everybody else who has obeyed the law and stayed back there.”

Such explanations are unlikely to dampen the criticism.

Bachmann kept it up on Fox News Saturday by pointing to a 2004 letter to the Wall Street Journalin which Gingrich endorsed “paths to permanent residence to enable more workers to stay, assimilate, and become part of America.”

If he were to be nominated, Gingrich’s position on immigration probably would be OK with most voters in the general election. Getting through the far more conservative group of Republican primary election voters and caucus participants is another matter.

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Illegal Immigration and Crime

The Huffington Post published an article today that draws attention to the disparity between the reality of illegal immigration and the rhetoric emanating from the GOP debates. In the article, author Cristina Costantini focuses on the border town of El Paso, which according to many is one of the safest big cities in the United States. Now this is interesting considering that El Paso is also the entry point and residence of many of our nations undocumented immigrants. So the question is, if illegal immigration truly leads to higher levels of crime, why does El Paso rank amongst the safest big cities in the US?

For more information please see- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/immigration-crime-statistics_n_1089164.html

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Reagan passed an amnesty bill, so why can’t we?

Some of my favorite consults are those in which I get the opportunity to discuss the history of immigration reform in this country. I often pose the following question to clients, “name two administrations in the past 40 years that have passed comprehensive immigration reform.” Now at this point, my clients inevitably start naming democratic administrations and they usually get one of the answers correct landing on Clinton. However, without fail they are astonished when I tell them that along side Clinton was none other than the Gipper himself. That’s right, the administration of Ronald Wilson Reagan. Now I clearly understand the shock expressed by my clients when I throw out that name, I mean he was the pinacle of conservative values, Mr. Conservative himself.  When considered in light of the rhetoric espoused by many conservatives today that shock is easy enough to understand. There are many reasons why conservatives should embrace immigration reform, not the least of which is that it would have a direct effect on our economy. For example, did you know that 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children? Don’t believe it? Read this article from Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2011/06/19/40-percent-of-fortune-500-companies-founded-by-immigrants-or-their-children/

For more information on immigration reform and the GOP see- http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/11/07/twenty-five-years-after-reagans-amnesty-bill-conservatives-should-support/

That’s right, even folks at Fox think Republicans have gone waterboard, I mean overboard on the whole immigration front.

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Romney blasts Perry on in-state tuition issue

Mitt Romney recently began a telephone campaign in Iowa that is meant to attack Rick Perry on his immigration record. So what is the issue? The fact that Perry had signed a bill allowing in-state tuition for undocumented residents of Texas. Now, say what you will but is this really the issue that Romney should be attacking? I mean, I’m not a huge fan of Gov. Perry, but the arguments he has made in support of this bill are persuasive if not all together true. So let’s assume that the Lone Star state decided not to provided in-state tuition for undocumented residents, what then? They aren’t going anywhere. Our immigration system is broke and congress is not in any hurry to fix it. So why not help these kids out and ourselves by providing them with an education and a chance at becoming contributing members of our society. Why shut them out? Without an education they will be far more likely to become a burden on the state. I know many, many beneficiaries of this bill and even without documents they are still some of the most dynamic and innovative entrepreneurs and individuals I know. They contribute to our social, economic and moral fabric. If the Dream Act ever passes I am sure some of them will grace the covers of Forbes and Fortune.

For more information see-http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/11/mitt-romney-immigration-rick-perry-robo-calls/1?csp=34news 

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Deportation and the foster care system

We deport hundreds of thousands of people but what happens to their children? Who cares for them? Not their parents, at least not anymore. No, now it will be the states that will carry this burden. I guess it serves us right if we can’t come up with a better solution to our immigration issues than just shipping people off. For more information see- http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/immigration-policy-turns-american-kids-orphans-proves-absurdity-laws-article-1.972291?localLinksEnabled=false

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Obama Deportation Policy

Prosecutorial discretion is nothing new. The day the Morton Memo hit the media I knew I’d be receive a flood of calls from hopeful individuals, and I did. One after another I broke the news that there was no new law and that this was not amnesty. A political stunt yes but not amnesty. I can see why the Obama administration would push this. The administration has a record number of deportations under its belt, a fact that was not and is not likely to bode well for them in the upcoming election. The question is, has anything really changed? For more information see- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/31/undocumented-hispanic-students-deportation_n_1068031.html?ref=latino-voices

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Anti-immigration, really?

In a recent debate covered by CNN on high skilled workers a truly hilarious exchange occurred. One of the participants claimed that several Fortune 500 companies have internal policies of seeking to displace American workers with foreign employees through the H-1B program. Now this is pretty silly. The filing fees alone for H-1B workers is fairly hefty at around $3,500 a pop not including attorney fees. For more information see- http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Anti-Immigration-Claim-Falls-xfoftp-3090187096.html

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Detention is not the answer

I often speak with family members of detained immigrants in a panic to find out where and why their family member is held by ICE.  These are the calls I hate the most because in general there usually is not much that can be done. For those in the detention facility the situation is worse, much worse. As no doubt many of you are aware, the state of these detention facilities has been the subject of litigation and critique. For more information please see- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/end-ice-abuse/ending-immigration-detent_b_1073592.html?ref=latino-voices

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