Newt Gingrich’s Moderate Stance on Immigration
From ABC News:
Former Speaker of the House and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich spoke at length about his views on immigration reform Sunday at an outreach event at Don Quijote’s Mexican Restaurant in Manchester, NH. Gingrich has been criticized by the other candidates, as well as many Republicans, for what is seen as a moderate stance on immigration. In his own words:
“We are not going to go into those churches and those neighborhoods and tear apart those families. The American people aren’t heartless…We have to end the period of having people in the shadows. It’s bad for the country, it’s bad for the people, it leads them to get excluded, it is dangerous. It means those that need help are afraid to show up and ask for it. So I want to find a path that gets us to a system where four or five years from now 99.99 percent of everybody in the United States is here legally and we’re comfortable with it.”
Speaker Gingrich is especially concerned about those Latinos who have lived in the country for an extended period of time and have laid down roots. He supports “granting those undocumented immigrants legal status, but not full citizenship, and…a temporary guest-worker program for undocumented individuals in the United States.” Gingrich has been courting Latino support throughout the 2012 race, even in Iowa and New Hampshire where the Latino populations are quite small, 5% and 2.8% of the states’ population respectively.
For Gingrich’s detailed solution to the immigration issue, see his website: