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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Fred Thompson on illegal immigration

With Rep. Tom Tancredo out of the race, who is left to stand for the rule of law and strengthen our border security? Rep. Tancredo thinks it's Mitt Romney but I respectfully disagree. I have concern for someone who's positives on the issue consist mostly of late in the game conversion to the issue and then offset by bad judgement resulting in the sanctuary mansion tag being quite apt.

Fred Thompson answering questions on the campaign trail:

...there should be few if any exceptions when it comes to enforcing U.S. immigration laws, or the flow of illegal immigrants would continue.


...former Tennessee senator said he believes the issue will be resolved through "enforcement by attrition."

Thompson proposes cutting off incentives to illegal immigrants. That means keeping employers from hiring them in the first place, and sealing the borders to keep illegal immigrants going back and forth between jobs and family. He said it also means shutting down sanctuary cities and keeping illegal immigrants from getting college and other breaks.

"Over a period of time, I think the situation will reverse itself," he said. (source, Thanks to Michelle Malkin)

A Fred Thompson type of plan is already showing it's effectiveness at the state level.

NOGALES, Sonora - It's a common scene this time of year: streams of overloaded cars, pickups and vans with U.S. license plates crossing into Mexico for the holidays.

Most are filled with Hispanic families from Arizona and other states on their way to visit relatives south of the border for a few weeks before heading back to the U.S. But this year, the holiday travelers are being joined by scores of families such as Jorge and Liliana Franco, who are driving to Mexico not to visit but to stay - permanently.

Congress' failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, immigration crackdowns, Arizona's new employer-sanctions law and a sluggish economy have combined to create a climate families such as the Francos no longer find hospitable.

The number returning to Mexico is difficult to calculate, but there is no question that many families are leaving, according to Mexican government officials, local community leaders and immigrants themselves. (source, again thanks to Michelle Malkin)

Remove incentives for coming here and there is no need for deporting them all, which no major pro-law, anti-illegal immigration proponent has pushed for anyway.

The introduction to Fred Thompson's immigration plan:

In the post-9/11 world, immigration is much more of a national security issue. A government that cannot secure its borders and determine who may enter and who may not, fails in a fundamental responsibility. As we take steps to secure our borders and enforce our laws, we must also ensure that our immigration laws and policies advance our national interests in a variety of areas, and that the immigration process itself is as fair, efficient, and effective as possible. (Border Security and Immigration Reform Plan)

Fred Thompson supports proven means to reduce illegal immigration. He's presented his views with more than mere sound bites and without supporting amnesty outright or by foolishness resulting in sanctuary for law breakers. This would be part of the reason that conservative Iowa Congressman Steve King endorsed Thompson. This, among many reasons, is why I still support Fred Thompson for President.


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