Thursday, August 16, 2007

More on Giuliani's Immigration Shift

From NBC’s Domenico Montanaro:

In his continuing shift right, Giuliani is up today with a 60-second, hard-line immigration radio ad in Iowa and New Hampshire called “Fence.” In the ad, he says illegal immigration “frustrates” him and he drew on his experience as mayor of New York -- again. He criticizes the U.S. Immigration Service, who he says he tried to work with as mayor of New York.

“It makes no sense,” Giuliani says of the immigration service’s deportation priorities. “After they have been in jail for selling drugs in the United States -- we now have to keep them in the United States. They [the immigration service] couldn’t do it [deport them], because they had other people lined up to throw out. They had like a professor who over-stayed his visa. I had a drug dealer who had maybe killed people.”

Last week, Romney accused Giuliani of having run a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants as mayor of New York. This week, the New York newspapers challenged Giuliani’s hard-line immigration credibility. Today, the New York Post wrote, “Critics said Giuliani's get-tough plan contrasts with his actions as mayor, when he actually filed a lawsuit to protect the identity of illegal aliens receiving city services.” Yesterday, the New York Daily News said as mayor Giuliani was “considered one of the most immigrant-friendly government executives in the nation -- in both word and deed.”

The Daily News pulled a quote from Giuliani who said in 1994, “’Some of the hardest-working and most productive people in this city are undocumented aliens. If you come here, and you work hard and you happen to be in an undocumented status, you're one of the people who we want in this city." Click here for the full transcript.


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Well, Guiliani could be immigrant-friendly and also understand the problems associated with immigration. Nobody can deny that something must be done to solve the problems with illegal immigration. But that is not the biggest problem of ours. For some reason, people find a scape-goat in immigration. Let us consider our shrinking middle-class, the rising number of homeless in the streets (who incidentally are not immigrants), the war that we are not willing to pull out of, the falling level of education of our kids, concentration of wealth in the hands of very few, political demagoguery of all levels, environmental crisis that we are not heeding to, etc. etc. etc. Why is it that people talk about immigration as if it is our biggest problem? We would be lucky if that was so.

Posted by: Zoya Kosmodemianskaya | Aug 16, 2007 9:04:28 AM

'[y]ou're one of the people who we want in this city'

That's a hard one to live down if politically you're trying to change your spots. It's almost Bloombergian.


'environmental crisis that we are not heeding to'

Immigration level affects population level & population level negatively affects the environment in countless ways.
Real environmentalists should be against massive population growth which is an effect of our current immigration level.

'our shrinking middle-class'

An unlimited stream of illegal labor undercuts American workers. You may be displaced or have your wage decrease (see Borjas). Liberals used to watch out for workers and real liberals should be against such a distortion of the labor market. With some exceptions, most Democrats sold out.

Posted by: Jack | Aug 16, 2007 4:01:21 PM

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