Here is video of an interview Sen. Marco Rubio did with Bill O’Reilly last night where he talked about the problem of illegal immigration. Rubio said we need more “skill-based” immigration, and said there needs to be a crackdown on illegals who overstay their visas and employers who hire illegals.
As far as what to do with the 12 million or more illegals who are already in the country, Rubio outlined the following:
1. Illegals here who have committed a crime (other than being here illegally) must be deported.
2. All other illegals should be able to apply for legal status that allows them to remain and work. But they would not be eligible for Social Security or other Government programs. During this “phase,” the border must be secured and workplace verification must be put in place.
3. “After a significant period of time” passes, illegals here with legal status, who have not violated the terms of that status, may apply for a Green Card. If approved, they must wait at least five years to apply for citizenship.
4. On both the Green Card and then later the Citizenship application, people must go to the back of the line and wait their turn behind people who have applied without coming to the U.S. illegally.
While some would call this a “Pathway to Citizenship,” it is a very long process indeed that does not allow those here illegally to jump ahead of people in the citizenship process who have not violated the law.
Rubio offered to come on O’Reilly’s show with President Obama to discuss how to responsibly address the Immigration issue. O’Reilly said he would give them the entire hour!
Here is video of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on “Morning Joe” today where he talked about the importance of the Republican Party dealing with the issue of immigration. Gingrich reflected on being attacked during the GOP Nomination battle for speaking up in favor making a way for illegals who have been in the United States for a long time to be able to stay. He said he remembers thinking, as he was being attacked for his position, “How is that going to look in a 30-second ad this Fall?” Gingrich pointed out the GOP has lost the Asian-American vote over the last 12 years, as well as most Latino votes, largely because of immigration.
Gingrich also talked about his new book, “Victory at Yorktown.”
What a perfect display of the mindlessness of many on the Left.
Bill O’Reilly talks to Monica Novoa, the Coordinator of the “Drop the I-Word” Campaign. The “I-Word” is “Illegal.” They don’t want you to call Illegal Aliens “illegal” – even though they are. They are “undocumented workers.”
O’Reilly gives her a chance to explain what she wants America’s Immigration posture to be, asking her point-blank if she wants “open borders.” She would never say so, and never really would say what she actually wants. O’Reilly chided her for leading this campaign without actually thinking through what she wants.
It looks like Texas Gov. Rick Perry is about to get a major endorsement next week from Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio – one of the most recognizable figures in the nation fighting against illegal immigration:
ABC NEWS – The Note: Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” will endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry next week, a source with knowledge of the endorsement told ABC News.
Arpaio espouses a hard-line stance on illegal immigration, leading raids to round up and jail illegal immigrants, and was a major proponent of the controversial Arizona immigration law. Perry has spoken with Arpaio several times over the phone since entering the presidential race.
Arpaio, a much sought after endorsement in the GOP field, plans to campaign with Perry in New Hampshire next week, the source said. The Texas governor will be in the Granite State Tuesday and Wednesday, holding three town halls and a breakfast at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce along with speaking at the New Hampshire State House.
Perry, who touts himself as the only candidate with firsthand experience in dealing with border security, encountered backlash from Republican voters after a statement he made in a September debate suggesting that those who oppose the education of illegal immigrants “don’t have a heart.”
Perry has since walked back that statement, saying on several occasions that it was “inappropriate” and “insulting.”
As Texas governor, Perry signed a voter ID law, vetoed a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and sent $400 million to the border in the form of Texas Ranger reconnaissance teams. . . . Read More
Perry has been attacked on immigration by Michele Bachmann and others. Bachmann reportedly tried hard to get Arpaio’s endorsement. It’s interesting that Arpaio is choosing Perry – which would seem to indicate that Arpaio knows the attacks on Perry don’t reflect his true record. Could it be that Arpaio knows the actual record of Perry as a border state Governor and what he has done to try and seal the border with Mexico despite getting virtually no help from the Federal Government?
Michele Bachmann has been very critical of Newt Gingrich’s remarks on illegal immigration in the most recent debate, seeking to take advantage of what she calls his amnesty position.
But Greg Hengler at Townhall has uncovered Bachmann’s own words during a GOP Debate this past September that sounds an awful lot like Newt Gingrich’s position on what to do with the illegals already in the country:
“Well, that’s right. And again, it is sequential, and it depends upon where they live, how long they have been here, if they have a criminal record. All of those things have to be taken into place.”
Here is video of Karl Rove saying Newt Gingrich may pay a price for his recent remarks on Immigration. Rove said Gingrich has changed his position from four years ago, when he was for rounding up illegals and deporting them. But now he wants to allow “legal status” for a segment of the illegals in the country, who have been here for “25 years” and have paid taxes, etc.
Gingrich has clarified his position, saying he wants “local citizen panels” to decide on what should be done with many of the illegals in the country.
Michael Reagan is shown on this video saying his father – President Ronald Reagan – would support Newt Gingrich’s position on the issue.
Here is video of Gov. Mitt Romney speaking to the Florida CPAC Conference today. Romney made the case that he is the candidate who can turn the U.S. Economy around, hammering President Obama for his failed leadership. He also went after Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his support for in-state tuition for the children of illegals in Texas, telling the crowd that opposing “illegal immigration” does not mean you “don’t have a heart” – it means you “have a heart and a brain.”
Gov. Mitt Romney is not wasting any time hammering Gov. Rick Perry with his “you don’t have a heart” remark in last night’s GOP Presidential Debate:
THE CORNER: In his speech this morning, Mitt Romney zeroed in on Rick Perry’s immigration line last night.
“My friend Gov. Perry said that if you don’t agree with his position on giving that in-state tuition to illegals that you don’t have a heart. I think if you’re opposed to illegal immigration, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a heart. It means that you have a heart and a brain,” Romney said to applause at CPAC. . . . Read More
Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez is arrested outside of the White House during a Dream Act rally after he refused to move when asked to by authorities. Gutierrez was attending the rally urging Obama to use his “broad discretionary power” to stop the deportation of illegal immigrants.
H/t: The Blaze
TX State Sen. Chris Harris (R-Arlington) spoke for many Americans when he interrupted the Spanish-language testimony of a citizen of 23 years against the Sanctuary Cities ban (SB9), to say it was “insulting” for the man not to speak English. This goes right to the heart of everything that is wrong with those who advocate for illegals and La Raza. The seperatism. The sense of entitlement. The contempt for our common language that prior immigrants always hurried to adopt. God bless you Sen. Harris for speaking for all of us!
The Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Phoenix, Arizona has passed a resolution calling on the U.S. Government of pass immigration reform that would provide a “path to legal status” for the millions of “undocumented immigrants” in the country:
POLITICO: The nation’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution backing a path to legal status for illegal immigrants at its annual meeting in Phoenix.
The resolution calls on the government to make border security a priority and to hold businesses accountable for their hiring. It also asks government officials to support “a just and compassionate path to legal status, with appropriate restitutionary measures, for those undocumented immigrants already living in our country.” The vision for a path toward legal status mirrors what President Barack Obama has offered as he’s urged support for immigration reform.
“I think Southern Baptists understand it’s just not politically viable to send an estimated 12 to 15 million undocumented immigrants back where they came from,” said the Rev. Paul Jimenez, chairman of the SBC’s resolutions committee, told The Associated Press. “It’s not humane either.” . . . . . Read More
Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh releases a video in response to Obama mocking republicans for wanting tighter border security, and suggesting they’ll want moats with alligators. In the video Rep. Walsh says, “Maybe that’s not such a bad idea. Maybe the alligators will do the job Obama seems so reluctant to do…if it takes moats & alligators to secure our borders to get you to be serious — I’m game.”
Herman Cain appears on Fox News to share what he would do if he were president to secure our borders. He shared his plan in four points:
1. “We need to secure the border with technology and guns. If that takes six thousand armed agents on the border, we ought to do that.”
2. “Enforce the laws that are already on the books. We cannot ignore what the definition of legal is. If we do, we are going to become a lawless society just the way Mexico is becoming.”
3. “Let’s make it easier for businesses to hire people that we know are here legally.”
4. “Empower the states to do what the Federal Government is not doing, and what the Federal Government will not do.” Cain said it was “ridiculous” for the Federal Government to sue Arizona.
Sometimes MSNBC’s Chris Matthews just shocks you. Here is one of those times. In this video, Matthews just comes right out and says he does not believe that Democrats really want to stop the flow of illegal immigration across the border!
“It seems to me that Democrats are not trustworthy on the issue of enforcement, are they?”
Matthews favors amnesty for those already here illegally, but he also said it can only happen if enforcement of the border takes place to stop any further flow of illegals into the country.
The United States House of Representatives passed “The DREAM Act” on Wednesday, which would give many young illegal immigrants legal status if they meet a list of criteria. It is aimed at young people who were brought here illegally by their parents before the age of 16, and who are less than 30 years old now. Millions of children are brought here illegally by parents, and have been here most of their lives. But the measure is unlikely to get the needed 60-votes in the U.S. Senate to bring it up for an up-or-down vote. The Senate is scheduled for a cloture vote on the matter sometime Thursday:
POLITICO: A controversial bill that would provide a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants cleared the House on Wednesday, but now faces a daunting test in the Senate.
After a two-hour floor debate, the House passed the DREAM Act along mostly partisan lines, 216 to 198, with 38 Democrats voting against the bill and 8 Republicans supporting it.
Democrats framed the legislation as a civil-rights issue. Republicans denounced it as a “nightmare” amnesty plan that would encourage illegal immigration.
“The DREAM Act symbolizes what it means to be American,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “It’s about equality. It’s about opportunity. It’s about the future.”
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) postponed a procedural vote in the upper chamber for Thursday morning. . . . Read More
The bottom line is that this is not going to pass. Republicans oppose it, and Democrats are seeking to use it to gain Hispanic votes even though they know it does not have the votes for passage in the U.S. Senate. But they are pushing it so they can say to Hispanic voters, “We tried,” and can use the vote to vilify Republicans.