I was able to watch most of last night’s debate. The two candidates who have had the more controversial positions on immigration are Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry. It’s worth noting that both have probably more involvement with dealing with illegal aliens than any of the other candidates; Gingrich in supporting the 1986 Reagan amnesty and Perry being the 10-year governor of Texas who helped to implement the in-state tuition granted to illegal aliens if they’ve been residents of Texas for at least 3 years.
While I believe Perry is much better on immigration and dealing with illegal aliens than what many conservatives have said about him on the issue, his “heartless” answer a few debates back was a huge mistake. During the debate last night, Gingrich mentioned he would not deport those here illegally after they’d been here for a certain length of time (25 years), but would not grant them automatic citizenship, amnesty; he also said he would be willing to take the heat for his statement.
Right away, Michelle Bachmann jumped all over Gingrich on this, saying he would allow 11 million illegal aliens (CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer mentioned there were 12 million illegal aliens in the U.S.) to remain in this country when in fact he said no such thing. Mitt Romney chimed in saying Gingrich’s plan would be a magnet for an influx of illegal aliens, similar to what happened after the Reagan amnesty. Romney’s statement ignored much of what Gingrich had just said; as President, Gingrich would not have a problem deporting those illegals who didn’t meet a certain select criteria.
There’s something else. Just as with Romney, Bachmann, Cain, and Santorum (and I believe Hu