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Friday, December 02, 2011

Newt Gingrich's 2006 paper: 'Zero Tolerance for Amnesty'

Politico: I've been going over Newt Gingrich's public stands on immigration in recent years, in the wake of the CNN debate in which he said he was willing to take hits for advocating a more "humane" approach, I read his AEI paper from 2006 on immigration, in which he took a "zero tolerance" policy toward amnesty.

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The entire paper is 25 pages long, and goes over several issues in the battle against illegal immigration — border security chief among them.

But there is a lengthy passage against amnesty, which begins this way:

Zero Tolerance for Amnesty. As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger put it so eloquently in a Los Angeles Times op-ed on March 28, “We can embrace the immigrant without endorsing illegal immigration. Granting citizenship to people who are here illegally is not just amnesty ... it's anarchy. We are a country of immigrants, yes. But we are also a nation of laws. People who want to be citizens will want to do it the right way.”

And doing it the right way means that all those who are currently working in the United States illegally and who wish to apply for the worker visa program must return to their home country and apply. Application for the worker visa program should not be permitted in the United States under any circumstances.

Anything less than requiring people who are working here illegally to return home to apply for a worker visa is amnesty.

This is a bit different than the position he took in the CNN debate, where he suggested that ripping apart families and sending people who've been active in the community for a long time back to their native countries was not the proper approach.

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