Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich

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In an interview with the Miami Herald,   Presidential contender New Gingrich attacked his chief opponent, Mitt Romney, for his total opposition to giving permanent work permits to long-term illegal aliens. 

Gingrich re-emphasized his promise to allow long-term illegal aliens who have families, jobs and a clean criminal record to get life-time U.S. residency.  Although he would not allow them to become U.S. citizens, he would let them hold U.S. jobs for life.

Romney has criticized Gingrich's position as "amnesty."  Gingrich indicated that his pro-legalization position has been more attractive than Romney's position to conservatives.

I don’t understand his position unless he was just pandering to hardliners,' Gingrich said. 'I was prepared to take the heat to develop a rational program.'  Gingrich said he had a 'humane' plan and that Romney didn’t. . . . Gingrich said he was “pleasantly surprised” that conservatives back his immigration plan,

-- Miami Herald, 12JAN2012

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/01/12/2587064_p2/gingrich-takes-on-romney-immigration.html 

Romney and other presidential candidates campaigning in South Carolina apparently have a different take on what Republican primary voters want in immigration policy.

News media are reporting that Romney's campaign plans to hit Gingrich hard in South Carolina next week for his alleged softness on illegal immigration.

Rick Santorum is touting his endorsement by Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) who is most famous as the mayor of Hazelton who drove illegal aliens out of his town.

Romney has gotten the endorsement from an even bigger name in the fight against illegal immigration -- Kris Kobach, the lawyer who is behind the language in most state laws (such as South Carolina's) that attempt to drive illegal aliens away. 

Mitt Romney stands apart from the others. He’s the only one who’s taken a strong across-the-board position on immigration.

-- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach 

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-presidential-primary/203941-romney-to-slam-foes-on-immigration-in-south-carolina 

Gingrich told the Miami Herald that he "was very surprised when Gov. Romney indicated he would deport everybody. I hope somebody down here would ask him: Is he envisioning breaking up families? Is he envisioning that it doesn’t matter that someone’s been here 25 years and has grandchildren.” 

That brought a rebuke from Roy Beck, President of NumbersUSA: 

Speaker Gingrich has seriously distorted Governor Romney's position.  Romney has never advocated mass deportations. What Romney has promised repeatedly is the tools of Attrition Through Enforcement in which the magnets of jobs and taxpayer benefits are pulled away and illegal aliens begin to go home on their own.

I'm disappointed that Speaker Gingrich would use the same false dichotomy of the open-borders groups in trying to make the case that if you don't support legalization of illegal aliens then you are advocating mass deportations and are somehow not humane. 

Mr. Gingrich continues to talk about illegal aliens who have been here 25 years, but he has never been willing to say that his amnesty would not, in fact, cover millions of illegal aliens who have been here a much shorter time but have ties to the community.  With Mr. Gingrich once again touting his legalization program just before a crucial primary, and doing so in the context that what this country needs is more foreign workers, nobody comes to mind more than George W. Bush who acted consistently from a deep commitment to more immigrant workers and to the illegal workers who are already here. 

-- Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney

Romney and other presidential candidates campaigning in South Carolina apparently have a different take on what Republican primary voters want in immigration policy.

News media are reporting that Romney's campaign plans to hit Gingrich hard in South Carolina next week for his alleged softness on illegal immigration.

Rick Santorum is touting his endorsement by Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) who is most famous as the mayor of Hazelton who drove illegal aliens out of his town.

Romney has gotten the endorsement from an even bigger name in the fight against illegal immigration -- Kris Kobach, the lawyer who is behind the language in most state laws (such as South Carolina's) that attempt to drive illegal aliens away. 

Mitt Romney stands apart from the others. He’s the only one who’s taken a strong across-the-board position on immigration.

-- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach 

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-presidential-primary/203941-romney-to-slam-foes-on-immigration-in-south-carolina 

Gingrich told the Miami Herald that he "was very surprised when Gov. Romney indicated he would deport everybody. I hope somebody down here would ask him: Is he envisioning breaking up families? Is he envisioning that it doesn’t matter that someone’s been here 25 years and has grandchildren.” 

That brought a rebuke from Roy Beck, President of NumbersUSA: 

Speaker Gingrich has seriously distorted Governor Romney's position.  Romney has never advocated mass deportations. What Romney has promised repeatedly is the tools of Attrition Through Enforcement in which the magnets of jobs and taxpayer benefits are pulled away and illegal aliens begin to go home on their own.

I'm disappointed that Speaker Gingrich would use the same false dichotomy of the open-borders groups in trying to make the case that if you don't support legalization of illegal aliens then you are advocating mass deportations and are somehow not humane. 

Mr. Gingrich continues to talk about illegal aliens who have been here 25 years, but he has never been willing to say that his amnesty would not, in fact, cover millions of illegal aliens who have been here a much shorter time but have ties to the community.  With Mr. Gingrich once again touting his legalization program just before a crucial primary, and doing so in the context that what this country needs is more foreign workers, nobody comes to mind more than George W. Bush who acted consistently from a deep commitment to more immigrant workers and to the illegal workers who are already here. 

-- Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA

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