Skip to comments.Newt on immigration: What if we had local boards who could legalize certain illegals?
Posted on 05/19/2011 7:22:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
I don’t know, guys. We’ve reached the point where the “Newt implosion” narrative has crystallized so thoroughly that every new story about him ends up being refracted through that prism. I don’t trust my own judgment at this point. Is this new bit genuinely toxic, as Ace’s co-blogger Gabe seems to think, or is it much ado about nothing?
Newt Gingrich, whose campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has gotten off to a rocky start, risked fresh controversy on Thursday by suggesting that some illegal immigrants living in the United States “may have earned the right to become legal.”…
Gingrich recounted how World War Two-era U.S. draft boards chose who would serve in the military, saying a similar system might help deal with the millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally.
“Because I think we are going to want to find some way to deal with the people who are here to distinguish between those who have no ties to the United States, and therefore you can deport them at minimum human cost, and those who, in fact, may have earned the right to become legal, but not citizens,” Gingrich said.
Here’s the complete quote via Radio Iowa:
This is, at the risk of as I do on occasion of getting into trouble with the news media, Gingrich said, in answering the question, and a few people in the audience chuckled. Im looking seriously at the way the Selective Service Act used to work in the 1940s and World War II where a local Selective Service board who knew the local people made the decisions because I think we are going to want to find some way to deal with the people who are here to distinguish between those who have no ties to the United States and therefore you can deport them at minimum human cost, and those who, in fact, may have earned the right to become legal, but not citizens.
That’s not totally alienating to the conservative base, right? You can imagine local amnesty draft boards designating illegals who’ve served in the military for special legalization privileges. (We already do it, kinda sorta.) As well as anyone else who has “ties to the United States,” which, er … could be millions of people.
Seriously, am I misreading this? Or does Newt know something about the imminent zombie apocalypse, leaving him willing to antagonize grassroots righties at every turn knowing that none of it will matter come Sunday? Exit quotation: “My reaction is if youre the candidate of very dramatic change, it youre the candidate of really new ideas, you have to assume theres a certain amount of clutter and confusion and it takes a while to sort it all out, because you are doing something different.”
Update: Greenroomer Patrick Ishmael e-mails to say that Newt made these comments in Waterloo, Iowa. And he is, apparently, a big Abba fan. So I guess this is obligatory…
It’s like saying that if you get away with a crime long enough, it’s okay and you should get a reward...
Newt has just gone f’n nuts.
Newt is part of the problem.
Newt, Washington stooge. Go away!
And what if we had certain boards who could legalize laws that are inconvenient.... like speeding... and drugs... and drinking ages... and mandatory education of any sort... and statutory rape... and religious requirements... and sharia law...
I think you are right. He is slowly losing his mind.
Maybe he’s trying for a spot on the democratic ticket. I have absolutely no idea what Rush Limbaugh sees in this man.
Nootie has been a Rockefeller RINO since ~1968.
GOOD GRIEF! CAN’T ANYONE SHUT HIM UP???!!!???
Yelling on purpose.
Oh boy somebody gets to keep the stolen money because they “earned” it? What about us who didn’t steal what have we earned besides having to pay more taxes to support these lawbreakers?
Newt has jumped the shark. There is something in the water in DC that make people lose their brains and common sense.
Some places, like San Francisco, would establish boards that would legalize every illegal that came before them. The illegals would flock to those places. The downside is that the wouldn’t stay.
he’s running as a democrat right?
what? he’s not?
Well he SHOULD be.
Newt on immigration: What if we had local boards who could legalize certain illegals?
Would those 2 AMNESTY Bill/DREAM ACT sweeties make a lovely couple on the GOP ballot ???
Newt keeps doing us a favor by opening his mouth and telling us how he thinks. He could have played it smart and taken the high road and not spilled the beans on his ideas and fooled people into supporting him. Thank you Newt. Keep talking.
I'd go this far ~ which is certainly not amnesty ~ just enroll them in a Berlitz language program for maybe 3 months of immersion in their native tongue.
Then send them home.
I think that's only fair ~ if the government didn't want to send mom and pop back, make it up to the kid with some free schooling ~ then send him back anyway. Now he's at least "bilingual" eh!.
And then after the local boards legalize the illegals what will they legalize or criminalize next ?
Yeah, they’d stay ~ once they found out that in reaction to San Fran stupidity circumcision had become mandatory everywhere else!
Newt is nothing but a damn feel good leftist, that sitting on the couch with Ms Nancy fried his little brain.
put Newt in a straight jacket and lock him away for life!
They would always lose as we did with 187 and AZ lost judges give all that to the feds.
Ah I see his Deuteronomy 10:19 ‘social justice’ teachings are showing.
Newt became dead to me the minute he suggested that the Feds could legitimately force people to buy health insurance.
In my mind that makes him a traitor not only to the conservative cause, but to the very idea of a free Constitutional Republic that once existed over this land.
I could never vote for such a man, I would sooner see what little is left of the Republic destroyed by the hands of the Democrats.
By the thousands it would seem.
You could have the Newt and Trump show and it'd probably draw a good crowd.
Bet they could really hurt Obama in a primary.
Newt long ago sold out. He’s just a Progressive trying to fool everyone into thinking he’s a Republican. A lot of these types are deathly afraid of the Tea Party taking them out of the picture during the 2012 elections. Newt running as a Republican would be exactly the same a ‘good ole boy” McCain running.
Newt’s idea would be fine, if we weren’t essentially in a civil war about to lose our country. Things are going to get nasty when we default on the debt, all those sucking on the system will be thrown on the tracks. There are an awfully large number of illegals who won’t necessarily be on our side when the shtf.
The kid is entitled to nothing. Still, if our overlords would buy into your proposal, I’d support it. That they would do any such thing is fantasy, of course.
These Newt and Trump meltdowns just strengthen Sarah.
Those leftwingtard interlocutors on the debate circuits would keep asking Newt about "killing giraffes" and "dating" and "giving your wife cancer" (or whatever other nonsense they're into.
They'd be wanting to know if Trump is still suing that crazy old lady next to the casino.
Think about it ~ these guys have had three official wives ~ just like Limbaugh.
ABC could have a debate and bring in Limbaugh as one of the questioners, and I'm sure he'd ask some ringy dingies!.
What happens to people when the go to DC??? They seem to enter a alternate state that is suspended from all reality. It is as if up, down, right, and left means something totally different to them then it does to the rest of the Nation. And, if you where to point it out to them, would stare at you in bewildered indignation.
If you rob a bank and are not caught for 6 years, you should be allowed to keep the money and go free. It is the demoncrat way...and Newt’s!
Maybe he's taken brain and mouth transplant from McLame, Romney, and ...what's that dippo from South Carolina... the guy JAG Senator.... Lispy Gram.
After all, the “overlords” mean those chillun’s nothing good ~ they just want them for cheap lawn boys and cheaper bed warmers.
OK..the only way any of this makes any sense is if Noot has become a Dem Operative.
Every time he opens his mouth it gets worse.
I agree with the local boards especially for rooting out RINOs.
Newt has just gone fn nuts.
He and McCain need to share a padded cell with Pelosi and the rest of the idiots.
When are we going to hear one of these Republican cowards call for deportation?
I know, I know, there is a good reason that they are called cowards. The last Republican President who put Americans ahead of Mexican invaders was Eisenhower, and I’ll never see his like again in my lifetime.
Maybe we should have an immigration lottery...
How much do you think we should we charge for the tickets?
And BTW, I sure miss Terry Anderson.
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