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May 19, 2011

Gingrich: Don't Hate Me For Being a Squish on the Debt, Hate Me for Being a Squish on Immigration

Look, I agree with him on the legalization thing, at least for certain aliens and only after the border has been secured and the criminals deported. But I'm just not sure this is the right time for Newt Gingrich to be publicly talking about anything at all that can be characterized as "amnesty."

This, my friends, is what's called a death spiral:

Newt Gingrich, whose campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has gotten off to a rocky start, risked fresh controversy on Thursday by suggesting that some illegal immigrants living in the United States "may have earned the right to become legal."

[...]

He preceded his response by acknowledging that he risked sparking another controversy.

Gingrich recounted how World War Two-era U.S. draft boards chose who would serve in the military, saying a similar system might help deal with the millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally.

"Because I think we are going to want to find some way to deal with the people who are here to distinguish between those who have no ties to the United States, and therefore you can deport them at minimum human cost, and those who, in fact, may have earned the right to become legal, but not citizens," Gingrich said.

Click over if you also want to read about Gingrich pathetically trotting out his "I'm an outsider" shtick again.


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