Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gingrich in Santa Costume

I hesitate to give Gingrich any attention.  He has a history of being by far the most caustic and hateful of most nationally known Republicans.  Yet his latest foray into the immigration discussion has hit the headlines.  Don't for a moment imagine that he has become an empathic, fair-minded politician.  


The lost cause of Newt Gingrich's immigration gambit

That the only GOP debater offering realism on immigration is not a serious contender will speak volumes to 2012's Latino voters
You're a mean one, Mr. Gingrich - from blog "pie2012"
...the new "frontrunner", Newt Gingrich, broke ranks by suggesting that we "be humane" in enforcing immigration law and consider normalising the legal status of at least some of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants. Referring to the Kiebler Foundation's Red Card Solution (pdf), Gingrich's plan would offer two legal paths for the nation's undocumented: one granting citizenship for those wishing to reside in the United States in the long term, and another path offering employer-managed temporary work permits to seasonal workers and other short-term laborers.

The Red Card Solution has a number of faults: no right to US citizenship for children of temporary workers; no provisions regulating the treatment and protection of employer-managed workers; as well as an ominous and dehumanising system for tracking workers through electronic "red cards". But the proposal at least offers something that the GOP's nativist tendency could begin to consider..MORE

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