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GINGRICH ON IMMIGRATION – by A. CITIZEN

June 19, 2007

In 2004, Newt Gingrich And Other Conservative Leaders Wrote Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Calling For Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Stating, “The Status Quo Is Unacceptable And Clinging To The Status Quo – Or Tougher Versions Of It – Is Neither Conservative Nor Principled.” (Newt Gingrich et al, Op-Ed, “Welcome To America,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/6/04)

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· Other Conservative Leaders Signing Op-Ed With Gingrich Included Stuart Anderson, Jeff Bell, Linda Chavez, Larry Cirignano, Cesar V. Conda, Francis Fukuyama, Richard Gilder, Ed Goeas, Tamar Jacoby, Jack Kemp, Steve Moore, Grover Norquist, Richard W. Rahn and Malcolm Wallop. (Newt Gingrich et al, Op-Ed, “Welcome To America,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/6/04)

Op-Ed: “[A]s Conservatives We Believe That Our Laws Must Reflect Reality And Common Sense, Be Fiscally Responsible, And Avoid The Loss Of Innocent Life. Our Current Immigration Laws Do Not Pass This Test.” “[A]s conservatives we believe that our laws must reflect reality and common sense, be fiscally responsible, and avoid the loss of innocent life. Our current immigration laws do not pass this test. Between 1990 and 2000, the U.S. increased the number of Border Patrol Agents from 3,600 to 10,000. During that same period illegal immigration rose by 5.5. million. Moreover, over the past eight years, more than 2,000 men, women, and children have died attempting to cross into America and seek the opportunity to work and achieve a better life.” (Newt Gingrich et al, Op-Ed, “Welcome To America,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/6/04)

Op-Ed: “Clinging To The Status Quo .. Is Neither Conservative Nor Principled,” And “It Has Become Clear That The Only Viable Approach To Reform” Combines Enforcement With Increased Legal Immigration While Addressing “Those Already Here In The U.S.” “The status quo is unacceptable and clinging to the status quo – or tougher versions of it – is neither conservative nor principled. It has become clear that the only viable approach to reform is combining enforcement with additional legal avenues for those who wish to work in our economy, while also addressing the situation of those already here in the U.S.” (Newt Gingrich et al, Op-Ed, “Welcome To America,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/6/04)

Op-Ed: “We Applaud The President And Believe His Approach Holds Great Promise To Reduce Illegal Immigration And … Aid Homeland Security And Free Up Border-Security Assets To Focus On Genuine Threats.” “President Bush has proposed a new legal path to work in the U.S. through a temporary worker program that will match willing workers with willing employers. We applaud the president and believe his approach holds great promise to reduce illegal immigration and establish a humane, orderly, and economically sensible approach to migration that will aid homeland security and free up border-security assets to focus on genuine threats.” (Newt Gingrich et al, Op-Ed, “Welcome To America,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/6/04)

Op-Ed: “The President Has Shown Courage By Calling On Congress To Place Reality Over Rhetoric And Recognize That Those Already Working Here Outside The Law Are Unlikely To Leave” And Congress Should Establish “Paths To Permanent Residence To Enable More Workers To Stay, Assimilate, And Become Part Of America.” “The president has shown courage by calling on Congress to place reality over rhetoric and recognize that those already working here outside the law are unlikely to leave. Congress can fulfill its role by establishing sufficient increases in legal immigration and paths to permanent residence to enable more workers to stay, assimilate, and become part of America.” (Newt Gingrich et al, Op-Ed, “Welcome To America,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/6/04)

Op-Ed: “Each Generation Of Americans Must Connect Our Nation’s Past To Its Future And In So Doing Keep President Reagan’s Vision Of The ‘Shining City’ Alive.” “Immigrants are crucial to our competitiveness and future labor and economic growth, as well as our military strength. Our country’s welcoming attitude to immigrants will permit the U.S. to grow and prosper, as the populations of many other nations stagnate and decline. Each generation of Americans must connect our nation’s past to its future and in so doing keep President Reagan’s vision of the ‘Shining City’ alive.” (Newt Gingrich et al, Op-Ed, “Welcome To America,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/6/04)

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Welcome to America

The Wall Street Journal

February 6, 2004

Fifteen authors offer this “Conservative Statement of Principles on Immigration”:

In his farewell address to the nation, President Reagan said: “I’ve spoken of the Shining City all my political life . . . [I]n my mind it was . . . teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and heart to get here.”

America is a nation of immigrants. Except for Native American Indians, everyone in this country came to America or is here due to the good fortune that a parent, grandparent, or other relation came before them. Keeping a door open to those with the “will and heart to get here” is vital to our economy, our culture, our role in the world, and our historic tradition as a land of freedom and opportunity.

Conservatives believe in legal immigration. We believe that America grows stronger by welcoming those who seek to better their families, work in our industries, and find liberty and refuge from oppression.

Conservatives oppose illegal immigration. We believe there is a right way and a wrong way to immigrate to the U.S. However, as conservatives we believe that our laws must reflect reality and common sense, be fiscally responsible, and avoid the loss of innocent life. Our current immigration laws do not pass this test.

Between 1990 and 2000, the U.S. increased the number of Border Patrol Agents from 3,600 to 10,000. During that same period illegal immigration rose by 5.5. million. Moreover, over the past eight years, more than 2,000 men, women, and children have died attempting to cross into America and seek the opportunity to work and achieve a better life. The status quo is unacceptable and clinging to the status quo — or tougher versions of it — is neither conservative nor principled. It has become clear that the only viable approach to reform is combining enforcement with additional legal avenues for those who wish to work in our economy, while also addressing the situation of those already here in the U.S.

President Bush has proposed a new legal path to work in the U.S. through a temporary worker program that will match willing workers with willing employers. We applaud the president and believe his approach holds great promise to reduce illegal immigration and establish a humane, orderly, and economically sensible approach to migration that will aid homeland security and free up border-security assets to focus on genuine threats. The president has shown courage by calling on Congress to place reality over rhetoric and recognize that those already working here outside the law are unlikely to leave. Congress can fulfill its role by establishing sufficient increases in legal immigration and paths to permanent residence to enable more workers to stay, assimilate, and become part of America.

We believe strongly in assimilation and oppose efforts to weaken the historical process that has led to e pluribus unum. While immigrants by and large reject entreaties by those who favor multiculturalism, the best defense is a good offense: making the teaching of English and civics a priority in our schools, community colleges, and adult education programs.

Immigrants are crucial to our competitiveness and future labor and economic growth, as well as our military strength. Our country’s welcoming attitude to immigrants will permit the U.S. to grow and prosper, as the populations of many other nations stagnate and decline. Each generation of Americans must connect our nation’s past to its future and in so doing keep President Reagan’s vision of the “Shining City” alive.

Co-authored by Stuart Anderson, Jeff Bell, Linda Chavez, Larry Cirignano, Cesar V. Conda, Francis Fukuyama, Richard Gilder, Newt Gingrich, Ed Goeas, Tamar Jacoby, Jack Kemp, Steve Moore, Grover Norquist, Richard W. Rahn and Malcolm Wallop.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. juandos permalink
    June 20, 2007 2:24 AM

    Funny thing is that Gingrich knows how to say the right things at the right time… Is this enough to garner a slot in the RNC candidate race? I think NOT!

    Let’s not forget that a few years back Gingrich and the HILDABEAST were doing a tour together pushing some silly socialist medical program for the parasites…

  2. Steve R permalink
    July 1, 2007 2:19 AM

    As a typical politician, I expect Newt & every other candidate has said something one year, only to offer a totally contradictory position the next year. Lets face it, in politics, especially in America, the lack of any consistency seems to be the only constant.
    Newt was at least wise enough to realize there was a groundswell opposition, and respond to that. The problem is not solved the way some want, but at least the giveaway of amnesty & multiple additional benefits are off the table. (How does in-state college tuition become part of an amnesty package for citizenship?)
    The deal breakers in this measure were not necessarily the issues mentioned. The deal breakers were things like a 24 hour background check. DHS cannot process security clearances for their own staff because they lack staff to conduct the security clearances. How would they process 12 to 20 million applications in a 24 hour period? There are folks waiting for “years” to process legal applications! Even the computer system to support the background checks does not always reliably function. So if it “goes down” does that mean clearance approval anyway or what?
    Some say the plan was too nasty. Still others say it was too lenient. In truth it was both, but to excesses in some cases. And those were why folks could not support the legislation.
    Comprehensive reform supporters probably still are at any end of the political spectrum. However, when we must accept excessive benefits to get reforms that simply are not even in the bill, why accept it at all?
    Real reforms MUST begin with DHS. The entire system at DHS is broken. Creating paths to citizenship, increasing immigration numbers, offering in-state tuitions, calling for 24 hour approvals, are NOT reforms. They are backroom, back-door methods to clean up the backlogs created by inaction, incompetence, malfeasance, and political skulduggery, without having to do any of the work they were supposed to do in the first place.
    These are the reasons Americans rejected this legislation. Offer a plan that calls for the system to be repaired, clears up the backlogs, eliminates loopholes, is not a giveaway, calls for respect of the law, does not allow illegals to jump ahead of legal applicants, & seriously protect the borders while prosecuting employers of illegal aliens, & the people would get behind “reforms.”

  3. memo2017 permalink
    August 21, 2007 7:36 PM

    Thank you Very much,
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