Monday, August 22

GINGRICH ON POROUS BORDERS (COURTESY OF JOHN HAWKINS)

Do read the interview of Newt Gingrich conducted by John Hawkins, and published at his "Right Wing News" site. I have stated previously in this blog that I am warming to a Gingrich candidacy in 2008.

Here's a compelling excerpt in which Mr. Gingrich lays out his views on our nation's porous borders and serious illegal alien problem -- issues that I write about extensively.

John Hawkins: There's a battle going on in the Republican Party between people who are adamantly opposed to rewarding illegal aliens in any way, shape, or form and there are others who want to keep them here for cheap labor. How do you think we should be handling the illegal alien issue?

Newt Gingrich:
Well, I think there are a number of absolute historic principles and that this deserves to be discussed among the country at the highest level of seriousness. The first principle is we have to have control of our borders and our coasts for national security reasons. The Director of Central Intelligence warned publicly in congressional testimony that he fully believes a nuclear weapon could be driven across our border. Now after all the talk about 9/11 and learning the lessons of 9/11, how much clearer a warning could you get than to have the Director of Central Intelligence say publicly he’s worried that the border is so open that you could literally drive a nuclear weapon into the United States. Part One is -- get control of the border; that means increasing the border control, it means establishing whatever technological and other systems you need to control the border...

John Hawkins:
Newt, real quick, one thing – everybody seems to agree that we need to control the border, you would think. I mean, we hear that every time...

Newt Gingrich:
You don’t see a budget designed to do it, you don’t see a plan designed to do it, you don’t see a public commitment to do it...

John Hawkins: That’s what I was going to ask. Why aren’t we seeing it because theoretically everybody – Democrat, Republican – keeps saying we need to control the border...

Newt Gingrich: I don’t understand it. I mean, you ought to call the White House press office and ask them. I don’t understand it. It seems to me, as a national security matter, we’re going to spend 9 billion dollars a year on a missile defense; we ought to spend some money on making sure they don’t drive the nuclear weapon in instead of flying it in a rocket.

John Hawkins: I agree 100%.

Newt Gingrich:
So, Part Two of that is, I think, to have border control truly work, you have to have what I would call a Blue Card Guest Worker Program where they have to give you an iris scan, a thumb print, agree to obey the law, and sign a contract that says if they break the law, we can remove them from the U.S. in 48 hours. Then I would say to everybody who’s come illegally in the U.S.: you have to go home to apply for the blue card. It’s not that we’re not going to be willing to give you a blue card, but we’re not going to allow you to start your career in the U.S. breaking the law for two reasons. First of all, it’s really sick for the person who’s broken the law (to gain an advantage) and second, it means that everybody who stayed at home in Guatemala City obeying the law and waiting for a visa was a fool. So I would make everybody go home to apply for a blue card for temporary workers and I would say -- both to the businesses and anybody that thinks they’re going to stay as an illegal – once you create an honest, legal, temporary worker program – any business which hires a person who’s not an American citizen and doesn’t have a work permit – I would hammer, first, economically, and second, with criminal penalties. At the same time I would say to anybody who’s in the U.S. illegally -- once we’ve created this program – we’re going to take your iris scan, take your thumb print, kick you out of the U.S. and you will be on a computerized database and we won’t let you back in for a minimum of 10 years. So you really create a carrot and a stick pattern and then the last stage I would have is --- I would have very open availability to learn English, special programs in English, something Chris Cox sponsored when he was in the Congress. I would have as a rule that you could apply to become an American citizen but you have to be able to pass a test in American history, in English, in order to become a citizen because I do think we want to say to people, “We’re very interested in having citizens who decide they want to become American, but we are not confused about the identity of being American.”
John Hawkins has done a real service here and I applaud him. It's nice to absorb Newt Gingrich's positions and prescriptions without the incessant interruptions from the egocentric Bill O'Reilly, for a change!

I encourage you to read the entire interview.

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