Giuliani’s hard workers!

Washington Post

Giuliani outlined his views about immigration during a recent campaign appearance in Boone, Iowa. The issue arose when Boone resident Maxine Redeker asked him what he would do about the illegal immigrants whose children, having been born in the United States, are citizens. She asked, will the parents of those children be allowed to remain in the United States?

Giuliani’s answer, in its most simplistic form, was yes, if they’re good people. If they’re not, they will be sent home.

“Look at the ones who are productive, decent people,” he said. “Give them a card, get them to pay taxes. Those people who have children who are here — fine, no problem. The ones who are committing crimes, we have to throw out of the country. No matter whether they have children or not.”

“I don’t know how you’re going to do that,” Redeker told Giuliani.

“You can do that,” he said. “You let them come forward. You let them come forward, you identify them, you figure out who they are. The ones who don’t come forward, you find them and throw them out. But in order to do that you have to first have control over your borders.”

Giuliani emphasizes border control whenever he is talking to audiences on the campaign trail, and argues that he could effectively close down the borders to illegal immigration in 18 months to three years.

I asked him after his exchange with Redeker about his broader views, particularly his willingness to allow many illegal immigrants to remain in the country and become citizens. That, I suggested, sounded very similar to the kind of comprehensive immigration package President Bush and John McCain pushed with no success earlier this year.

“I don’t think comprehensive reform is politically possible right now,” Giuliani replied. “I’ve come to the conclusion in studying this now for six months or eight months… It seems to me you first control the borders. Give everyone a little relief from the debate for awhile. Then we revisit in it a situation of more order, more confidence the border can be controlled. Then we have to say what’s the best answer to deal with the people who are here.”

Giuliani described himself as “very pro legal immigrant, very anti illegal immigrant, but I think I’m also practical about illegal immigration…”

His goal, he said, is a “practical, sensible solution” to the millions here illegally that is “humane and has us like other countries — that doesn’t have us doing anything excessive.”

Assuming he could make good on his vow to get control of the borders within three years off becoming president, would he then follow up on his solution for dealing with those here illegally? “I would try to do it,” he said.

The Giuliani plan could allow many millions of the illegal immigrants now in the country to stay and perhaps even become citizens. “Good people would be given a chance,” he said. “They’d have to earn it, they’d have to pay penalties and back taxes, they’d have to be able to read, write and speak English before they could become citizens. Bad people, or not such good people, would be thrown out depending on how you decided that.”

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4 Responses to “Giuliani Wants Amnesty For ‘Good’ Illegal Aliens”
  1. Eddie B. says:

    I still say that guy needs to wash his pants. Giuliani, on the other hand, needs to cleanse his soul. He has a lot of ghosts.

  2. Eddie B. says:

    I was watching Wolf Blitzer (Iknow, I know… he sure ain’t Lou) but anyways… There are 911 Truthers bringing Guiliani out into the open like the Kerry/Patrol Boat outting.

    This should be an interesting saga to watch unflod. Alex Jones is going to have fun with this.

  3. SkyPainter says:

    “Good illegal Aliens”????

    Did Giuliani really want to sell that to us. I mean… really… How can you be a “good” illegal alien when your first act against our country was to break into our county illegaly! That right there tells me there is no such thing as a “good illegal alien”….

    Somebody gag me with a taco!

  4. BEADALONG says:

    Maybe it’s time to “Swiftboat” Giuliani.

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