The United States should JOIN nearly all other advanced nations—and the majority of all nations—in ending the practice of granting citizenship to the births to illegal aliens, foreign students and tourists. Our antiquated policy entices further illegal immigration and retards the decision of illegal aliens to go back home.
Tell Newt Gingrich he can do better on immigration:
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- Speaker Gingrich has had a checkered past with the amnesty issue. He voted for or consented to several amnesties while he was in Congress. But during the Bush amnesty efforts, he spoke out against the proposals, especially condemning the idea of putting illegal aliens on the path to U.S. citizenship. By autumn of 2011, however, he was making it much clearer that he believes that only the giving of citizenship is an amnesty (which he still opposes) but that he believes a significant part of the illegal population should be legalized so they can continue holding U.S. jobs and using U.S. infrastructure. Although he often uses an example of somebody who has been in the country illegally for 25 years and has raised a family here, his official website does not put any kind of time restriction on who can get the legalization of presence and jobs. His plan essentially ignores the idea of Attrition Through Enforcement and instead proposes either legalizing or deporting all of the officially estimated 11 million illegal aliens. He does not provide the criteria yet to easily estimated if he would legalize 3 million and deport 8 million or perhaps legalize as many as 7 million and deport 4 million. Under virtually any criteria, his overall proposal appears to be a combination of mass legalizations and mass deportations.
- At the GOP Presidential Debate on November 22, 2011, Speaker Gingrich said, "If you've been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you've been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don't think we're going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out."
- At the November 22, 2011, GOP Presidential Debate, Speaker Gingrich said, "I do not believe that the people of the United States are going to take people who have been here a quarter century, who have children and grandchildren, who are members of the community, who may have done something 25 years ago, separate them from their families, and expel them. I don't see how the -- the party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century. And I'm prepared to take the heat for saying, let's be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families."
- At the November 22, 2011, GOP Presidential Debate, Speaker Gingrich said, "I believe ultimately you have to find some system -- once you've put every piece in place, which includes the guest worker program, you need something like a World War II Selective Service Board that, frankly, reviews the people who are here."
- At the GOP Presidential Debate on November 22, 2011, Speaker Gingrich said, "The Krieble Foundation has a very good red card program that says you get to be legal, but you don't get a pass to citizenship. And so there's a way to ultimately end up with a country where there's no more illegality, but you haven't automatically given amnesty to anyone." The Krieble Foundation proposes increases legal immigration because it believes the U.S. has a worker shortage.
- At the November 22, 2011, GOP Presidential Debate, Speaker Gingrich backed a narrow application of the DREAM Act for those who completed military service: "In the DREAM Act, the one part that I like is the one which allows people who came here with their parents to join the U.S. military, which they could have done if they were back home, and if they serve on it with the U.S. military to acquire citizenship, which is something any foreigner can do. And I don't see any reason to punish somebody who came here at three years of age, but who wants to serve the United States of America."
- He opposed President Bush's 2007 amnesty push: “Mr. Gingrich began his dinner address by criticizing the Bush administration for incompetence — and past presidents in both parties for "lying" about amnesty for illegal aliens in particular. 'The answer to the failed amnesty bill in the Senate is to enforce the laws [already on the books],' he said. 'They promised that in return for amnesty [in 1986] they would patrol the border and force employers to obey the law. The federal government has broken its word for 21 years.' He said that simply enforcing current law would, 'over a 10-year period, eliminate 80 percent of the current problem without ever getting into the complexities of the Senate bill.”
Source: Washington Times, 23 July 2007.
- More recently, Rep. Gingrich indicated that an illegal alien should only receive an amnesty in exceptional circumstances: “I voted for the Simpson-Mazzoli Act. We were told we were going to give amnesty to 300,000 people, and it turned out we gave amnesty to 3 million. I approach this issue with a demand that we have common sense immigration reform, and with a deep opposition to comprehensive immigration reform. There is a big difference.... I am against any person who is here illegally being on a track to citizenship without some very, very serious thought being put into this. I am thinking this through carefully because frankly if you've got a kid that came here with their parents when they were 3-years-old and they are now 19-years-old and they don't even speak the language of their native country you've got to think really long and hard about what you are going to do. If you've got somebody who has been here for 12 years, is married and has four kids, you have to think really hard about that. I don't have a good answer.”
- Rep. Gingrich has highlighted the difficulty he sees in the question of repatriating some categories of illegal alien youth: “I am against any person who is here illegally being on a track to citizenship without some very, very serious thought being put into this,” he said: “I am thinking this through carefully because frankly if you’ve got a kid that came here with their parents when they were 3-years-old and they are now 19-years-old and they don’t even speak the language of their native country you’ve got to think really long and hard about what you are going to do. If you’ve got somebody who has been here for 12 years, is married and has four kids, you have to think really hard about that. I don’t have a good answer.”
- And even more recently, Rep. Gingrich has reiterated his indecision regarding an amnesty for illegal aliens who came to the United States as youths: “We've got to have some sort of system of human discrimination in this country that says, for example, there's a young man in this country in Dallas who came to this country when he was three. 'He doesn't speak Spanish. Now to say to him, gosh, you need to go back to Mexico strikes me as something that no common sense group of American neighbors would do.”
- On June 15, 2011, Rep. Gingrich tweeted his support for Sen. Grassley's mandatory E-Verify legislation, S. 1196.
- While Rep. Gingrich has not spoken specifically about E-Verify, he has suggested that credit card companies should run a worker-verification program to ensure that illegal aliens are not able to find jobs: “We need a guest worker program that, quite frankly, is fairly large and driven by economics — but that is out-sourced to American Express, Visa or MasterCard,” Gingrich said, who added there is “zero possibility of the federal government managing" such a program without significant fraud abuse.”
Reduce Overall Immigration
- Rep. Gingrich has said nothing about the need to reduce overall immigration. His actions in Congress, however, greatly increased overall immigration numbers through creation of the visa lottery and increasing the number of employment-based green cards. Absent recent statements to the contrary, we have to assume his Bad record of actions indicate a Bad rating for his current stances.
End Chain Migration
- While in Congress, Rep. Gingrich supported high levels of chain migration and opposed efforts to reduce it. He has said nothing to indicate a different current position.
End Visa Lottery
- Rep. Gingrich helped create the lottery and then supported ending it, both in the 1990s. Having said nothing about it since, he earns an Unhelpful rating.
- He supported ending it in 1997.
- Rep. Gingrich voted for the lottery's creation in 1990.
Limit Unfair Worker Competition
- Rep. Gingrich is a strong supporter of importing foreign workers, both temporary and permanent. And he has made statements in this regard during the current Jobs Depression.
- At the November 22, 2011, GOP Presidential Debate, Speaker Gingrich said, "Let me start and just say I think that we ought to have an H-1 visa that goes with every graduate degree in math, science and engineering so that people stay here."
- Rep. Gingrich has recently stated that: “[the United States] need[s] a guest worker program that, quite frankly, is fairly large and driven by economics....”
- While in Congress, Rep. Gingrich consistently voted to increase the number of foreign workers.
Secure Border & Fence
- Unlike many who talk about the need to secure the border, Rep. Gingrich has recently been very strong and specific about doing so.
- On January 7, 2011, Speaker Gingrich said, "you pass a law that says we are waiving all federal regulations to control the border, so you don't go through EPA studies and all this other stuff. You just do it."
- Rep. Gingrich recently stated that it is possible for us to secure our southwestern border, but the United States has not put enough effort into doing so: “If we're prepared to be thorough enough, we can control the border. Every place on the border that we try to control, we succeed. It's been a failure of will. It's been a failure of resources. And frankly, there are a lot of people in the United States who want illegal immigration either because they want cheap workforces or because they think they're going to get future votes…. T he president, as commander-in- chief, has an obligation to defend the border. He shouldn't hold that obligation hostage to a larger bill. They could pass a border control bill tomorrow. They could effectively control this border in six months, if they wanted to. We have the resources. We have the assets. We know how to do it. But it has been totally bogged down in bureaucracy.”
- Rep. Gingrich has not made his position clear regarding an entry/exit system.
Support Local Enforcement
- Rep. Gingrich has not made his position clear regarding local enforcement of immigration laws.
- On November 29, 2011 in Charleston, SC, Speaker Gingrich spoke out against the Obama Administration's lawsuits against states that have passed immigration enforcement legislation: "After years of failure on the part of the federal government to achieve border security, it is an outrage that the Obama administration would seek to block South Carolina and other states who choose to pick up the slack.... If the Obama Administration put as much energy and resources into controlling the border as it does into attacking our own states, we would have 100 percent border security by now."
Punish Business Violators
- Rep. Gingrich strongly supports monetary sanctions for employers who hire illegal aliens: “I wouldn’t put [employers who hire illegal aliens] in jail. I would just tell them that if they make money by hiring people illegally that we will bankrupt them.”
- On January 7, 2011, Speaker Gingrich said, "I would dramatically increase the penalties for businesses who in fact are not obeying the law. You don't get illegal workers without having illegal employers."
Tackle Refugee Fraud
- Rep. Gingrich has said nothing about fraud in the refugee and Temporary Protected Status programs.
End Birthright Citizenship
- Rep. Gingrich has not made his position clear regarding birthright citizenship for illegal aliens.