Posted on November 28th, 2011 No commentsBy Josh Lederman for The Hill
Intent on drawing a clear contrast between rival Newt Gingrich and herself, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called for 11 million illegal immigrants to be deported from the United States in steps.
In the week since a GOP debate during which Gingrich supported legalizing some undocumented immigrants, Bachmann has pounded the former House Speaker, likening his position to “amnesty” and circulating a letter he co-authored in 2004 that supported a path for worker legalization.
Asked by radio host Laura Ingraham on Monday about an earlier statement she made differentiating between immigrants who had recently entered the country illegally from those with longstanding ties to the United States, Bachmann said she was never referring to legalization.
“What I’m talking about is the order of deportation, the sequence of deportation,” Bachmann replied. “It is almost impossible to move 11 million illegal immigrants overnight. You do it in steps.”
Bachmann said deporting those convicted of crimes would be the first step.
She also said that while she hadn’t seen any polls detailing her level of support among Hispanic voters, she believes they are seeking the same answers from government as everyone else: a chance to pursue a prosperous life.
That doesn’t include extending government benefits such as in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, Bachmann contended, this time pushing back on another of her competitors, Gov. Rick Perry, who has upheld that policy in Texas.
“When we give the welfare state, then people won’t be able to come out of it. It’s the biggest trap that people can have,” she said.Uncategorized amnesty, crimes, deportation, gop, gop debate, government benefits, hispanic voters, house speaker, illegal immigrants, laura ingraham, lederman, michele bachmann, newt gingrich, presidential candidate, prosperous life, radio host, rick perry, state tuition, undocumented immigrants, welfare state
Posted on November 23rd, 2011 No comments
Published November 23, 2011 Fox News Latino
Gingrich, 68, may be the most familiar of the eight Republican candidates. But he has never been a play-it-safe politician and has a long career of highs and lows to prove it.
During Tuesday night’s debate on CNN, Gingrich went out on a limb with his immigration stance, saying that the nation’s immigration policies shouldn’t separate people who have lived in the country for years from their families.
Gingrich highlighted his break with traditional GOP thinking on immigration Tuesday in a televised debate, stepping into a touchy area that tripped up Perry earlier this year. Gingrich said he favors pathways to legal status for undocumented immigrants who have lived peaceful, law-abiding, tax-paying lives in the United States for many years.
“I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families which have been here a quarter-century,” Gingrich said in the forum, televised on CNN. “I’m prepared to take the heat for saying let’s be humane in enforcing the law.”
That spells amnesty to some critics of illegal immigration. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and the GOP establishment’s favorite, was among those who refused to play along. Any type of pathway to legal status is a magnet for more unlawful crossings from Mexico, Romney said.
Immigration has vexed U.S. politicians for years. Many analysts say Republicans risk angering the fast-growing Hispanic population by showing little sympathy for the millions of undocumented residents already here.
I’m prepared to take the heat for saying let’s be humane in enforcing the law.
- Newt Gingrich
Gingrich, like fellow Republicans John McCain and George W. Bush, has supported more lenient immigration policies in the past. On Tuesday he chose to portray his record as humane and courageous. In coming days, GOP insiders will watch to see if voter reaction mirrors the rebuke that Perry suffered for saying people are heartless if they don’t support his policy of granting in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants.
Pushing new ideas for conservative governance and congressional reform, Gingrich led the 1994 Republican revolution that put his party in control of the House for the first time in 40 years. Four years later, after overreaching in his battles with President Bill Clinton and even some fellow Republicans, Gingrich was dumped from leadership. He soon left Congress.
Since then he has lectured, written books, made documentaries and earned millions of dollars as a consultant to organizations, including Freddie Mac, a backer of thousands of home mortgages.
Eyeballs sometimes roll when Gingrich cites his books, college degrees and big-thinking proclivities. But he’s rarely dull. On Tuesday he detailed why he thinks the United States should follow Chile’s model of making Social Security accounts private for workers.
“It has increased the economy, increased the growth of jobs, increased the amount of wealth, and it dramatically solves Social Security without a payment cut and without having to hurt anybody,” Gingrich said.
Cain, who struggled to break through in Tuesday’s foreign-policy-focused debate, also has hailed the Chilean model, but in less detail than Gingrich.
Reviews from Chileans are more mixed than Gingrich suggests. But any talk of privatizing Social Security runs risks in this country. That’s especially true in general elections, when Democrats and independents vote.
Americans soundly rejected Bush’s bid to partly privatize the government retirement program just after his 2004 reelection as president. Many Republicans have avoided the subject ever since, or at least addressed it more gently than Gingrich.
Gingrich also has criticized abortion with greater emphasis and detail than some of his rivals. He supports a national “personhood amendment,” which would define life as beginning at conception. It would effectively ban all abortions and some forms of birth control. Mississippi voters resoundingly rejected a similar measure in a state referendum this month.
Romney, meanwhile, is sticking with his run-out-the-clock strategy. He’s adhering to GOP orthodoxy on immigration, not making too much noise about Social Security, and focusing his criticisms on Obama.
His strategy has kept him fairly steady in the polls for months while others — notably Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain — have risen and fallen. Now it’s Gingrich, the history-quoting former House speaker, with a chance to prove he’s the Romney alternative who can rally and inspire Republican voters.
Romney once supported legalized abortion but now opposes it. He says a future Supreme Court should overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling that barred states from outlawing abortion.
Romney took few chances in Tuesday’s debate. He is all but ignoring his GOP rivals as he sharpens his attacks on Obama. His campaign drew fire Tuesday for a new TV ad that quotes Obama out of context in a 2008 speech about the economy.
The CNN debate offered significant TV time for Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. But few veterans of Republican campaigns give them a chance to win the nomination.
Gingrich, for now, seems to have the best chance to derail Romney, but his history of groundbreaking political achievements and stark blunders leaves some GOP insiders unwilling to predict the results.
Republican campaign consultant Matt Mackowiak said Gingrich “made his view on immigration more persuasively than Perry had previously.” But Gingrich will suffer if it “can be construed as amnesty,” he said.
“Gingrich’s mouth got him back into the race,” Mackowiak said. “And it very well might take him right back out.”
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Posted on April 16th, 2009 1 commentIn a forum at the L.A. Times, he expresses frustration at opinions of opponents seeking to derail the budget measures he supports on the May 19 ballot.Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that the claim by some conservative activists that illegal immigration is to blame for all of the state’s fiscal problems is ignorant and bigoted.
The governor made his comments during a public forum at The Times building in downtown Los Angeles, where he expressed frustration with anti-tax organizations and others seeking to derail a package of ballot measures that will come before voters in a May 19 special election. Schwarzenegger and lawmakers placed the measures on the ballot as part of the budget agreement they reached in February.“Anyone who says you have a budget crisis because of undocumented immigrants, I would say this is a prejudiced comment rather than reality,” the governor said, challenging a claim regularly made by opponents of his fiscal plans.
Most of the ballot measures, however, are trailing in the polls.
If approved, they would put restraints on future state spending while extending the life of recently enacted tax increases on vehicles, retail sales and personal income from two to four years.The propositions also authorize borrowing $5 billion from future lottery earnings and hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to services for the mentally ill and early childhood education. Additionally, they would freeze the pay of state elected officials when there is a deficit.
If voters reject the measures, the state’s budget shortfall would grow substantially.
The governor, whose low approval ratings have analysts questioning how effective a pitchman he will be for the measures, expressed confidence that they will prevail next month. Analysts are not counting the governor out. A well-financed opposition campaign has yet to emerge, and supporters of the measures have drawn endorsements — and campaign cash — from numerous influential groups, including the California Teachers Assn.
Schwarzenegger derided opponents of the package — on the political right and left — as ideologues who seek to take the state “over the cliff.”
“If it were up to them, this state would come to an end because they would never agree on anything,” he said.
Schwarzenegger has been seeking to enact a cap on state spending since he first came to office.
Lawmakers rejected his first attempt, followed by rejection by voters in the 2005 special election.
The spending restraints are in place in several other states, creating rainy-day funds their governments have been able to dip into to blunt the impact of the economic downturn.
In response to a question about Californians getting a much smaller return on every dollar they pay in federal taxes than residents of many other states, the governor said: “I would say the California congressional delegation is less effective because Democrats and Republicans are not working together as well as in states like in Texas and in Florida.”