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Giuliani’s Stance on Immigration Not the Answer

Posted by Joshua Price on August 16, 2007

According to the blog at The Washington Post, Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani recently articulated his approach to our nation’s illegal immigration problem by saying of the “good” 12-20 million illegals here:

Give them a card, get them to pay taxes. Those people who have children who are here — fine, no problem. The ones who are committing crimes, we have to throw out of the country. No matter whether they have children or not.

Now I am certainly no legal scholar, but it seems to me that if one who has absolutely no legal right to be in this country, crosses over the border and subsequently makes residence inside the country, has already broken the law–irrespective of what type of non-citizen the person becomes while here illegally. More precisely, citizenship in this country should not be given out to illegal immigrants solely for good behavior once inside the country. Because by definition, an illegal immigrant is someone who has already broken the law and is therefore a criminal. I understand that this is an unpleasant and insensitive position to take on this issue, but it happens be the correct, legal position.

What is ironic is that Giuliani characterizes his immigration stance as “very pro legal immigrant, very anti illegal immigrant.” If he were “very anti illegal immigrant” he would not be in favor of allowing the “good” illegal immigrants to remain in this country and reward their illegality.

Rudy Giuliani is not the answer as a potential president. Maybe as a the head of a cabinet department, but not president or vice president.

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