Working for logical immigation reform based on a stable population, a recognition of the finite nature of our natural resources and the adverse impact of continued growth on our quality of life, standard of living, national interest, character, language, sovereignty and the rule of law. Pushing back and countering the disloyal elements in American society and the anti-American rhetoric of the leftwing illegal alien lobbies. In a debate, when your opponents turn to name calling, it's a good sign you've already won.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Rudy Puts his Foot in his Mouth

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani says illegal immigration is not a crime. Technically, he is correct. When you throw an immigrant out of the country, it's not a criminal proceeding. It's a civil proceeding. But, obviously, he is not taking the problem seriously.

"Illegal immigration shouldn't be a crime, either," Giuliani said,"... because the government wouldn't be able to prosecute it. We couldn't prosecute 12 million people. We have only 2 million people in jail right now for all the crimes that are committed in the country, 2.5 million. My solution is close the border to illegal immigration."

These statements are a curious way to win the nomination. How is it that we can undertake civil proceedings against millions of illegals but not criminal proceedings. Maybe he should suggest a change in the law along the lines of Sensenbrenner, HR 4437.

He doesn't explain why we are spending billions of dollars on the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement if no crime is being committed by the illegal aliens. Nor does he deal with the case of the repeat offender who returns to the U.S. after having been deported or removed. That person faces jail time -- a startling turn of events for something that is not a crime. Good luck, Rudy, with trying to close the border without criminal penalties.

Rudy missed the point altogether. You don't have to prosecute 12 million cases to send a message to the illegals that they are unwelcome and that we will prosecute as many as we can. All we need is a law that says illegal entry is a felony and visa overstays will be heavily fined and immediately deported. Sorry Rudy, no cigar!


patriot said...

Ultima, this is what I don't understand. Why was there such opposition to the Sensenbrenner bill? It seems to me that entering another country illegally or overstaying one's visas should be a felony. It wasn't going to be retroactive, so why the objection by the pro-illegals and their supporters?

ultima said...

I suspect the Pro-illegals wanted to make sure that violation of our borders remained a civil offense so they could keep coming back without worry. The Pro-illegals worry that a felony classification would mean the illegals could never come out of the shadows and never be given mass legalization.

From a different perspective it is clear that without the felony tag, other things that we might do will be much less effective.

tweety said...

Ha, I knew that was their secret agenda! They just wanted the illegal flow to continue.

The only thing I don't get is that it wasn't going to be made retroactive for those already here, so I fail to see how that would affect those coming out of the shadows for a possible legalization.

I agree, if the Sensenbrenner bill had passed, we would be on the road to recovery now.