First Newt Gingrich, now Jeb Bush: Criminalizing illegal immigrants ‘the wrong approach’

With the November elections now history, one senses an effort by many Republicans to soften the rhetoric when it comes to illegal immigration.

Late last week, it was Newt Gingrich. “We are not going to deport 11 million people,” he said.

Over the weekend, it was one of the two Bush brothers. From the Denver Post:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said if his children walked the streets of Phoenix they might look awfully suspicious to police. His wife, Columba, is from Mexico.

Harvard professor Robert Putnam told the same crowd of city officials from across the country at the Denver Convention Center on Saturday that his grandchildren might likewise draw suspicions. His daughter married a Latino man, he said.

“I think it’s not right that they could be picked up just because of the way they look,” Putnam said.

Bush and Putnam spoke and then fielded questions at a National League of Cities convention about immigration issues, including the controversial Arizona immigration law….

Bush, the brother and son of former Republican presidents, quipped that it was obvious he was not running for office, noting that his views differed from those of most of his Republican colleagues.

While he is sympathetic to the plight of Arizona officials forced to deal with all the problems linked to a porous frontier, he believes there are solutions other than a law criminalizing illegal immigrants, he said.
“It’s the wrong approach,” he said. “The net result is not much has been done.”

He said if the U.S. deported 12 million illegal immigrants from across the country, it would cost billions and not be very effective.

Instead he recommended tightening the border and improving programs to more smoothly integrate immigrants into American society.

Both Putnam and Bush agreed that teaching English to immigrants is one way to improve integration and ensure success for new generations of immigrants.

– By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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10 comments Add your comment


December 6th, 2010
4:36 pm

Add controlling government spending and balancing the budget as the next item to get dropped now that they got elected. Tea Party ignorants rule the world!


December 6th, 2010
5:01 pm

The “WE HATE AMERICANS BUT LOVE ILLEGAL ALIENS” PARTY just keeps growing. top headliners are Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Jeb Bush, Dick Armey, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, L.Gutierrez, and all the dual-citizen that are in our body politic.
We Americans didn’t criminalize iLLEGAL ALIENS. They did that themselves. They are lawless and our government can’t seem to reward them enough.
Pay attention folks…0ur politicians are the ones being rewarded. Check out their wealth and the $$$ they will be raking in with these SCAM Bills that are draining the taxpayers and funneling 0ur money right into their own pockets.
E-Verify and 287g Nationwide to find and deport all illegal aliens. Let the trials begin for these lawless treasonous lawmakers.


December 6th, 2010
5:09 pm

Illegal immigrants criminalize themselves simply by virtue of breaking the immigration laws of the USA and entering this country illegally and staying here illegally. They ARE criminals because they are committing a criminal act by being here illegally. I’m sick and tired of the people tap-dancing around trying to defend illegal immigration – there is no defense. And how ironic that other countries have very strict immigration laws and they ENFORCE their laws. Yet, the US is the only country called out by the liberals when law-abiding US citizens simply ask that our immigration laws be enforced across the board.


December 6th, 2010
6:29 pm

I could care less would Newt or any Bush has to say on ILLEGAL immigration. Everyone knows they are for it because of their actions in the past. We have the extremist Obama in off ice today because of Bush’s incompetence. Newt did nothing to stop ILLEGAL aliens when he was speaker.

Our immigration laws must be ENFORCED! We have to stop running our country by “political correctness” and go back to the rule of law before it’s too late.

Traitorous people have infiltrated our congress. Luis Gutierrez from Illinois said in November of this year, “I have only one loyalty, and that’s to the immigrant community.” By immigrant community he means ILLEGAL aliens! This man will do anything in his power grab to flood this country with Latinos by any means. He and many other democrats see these needy people as life long democrats that will keep them in power forever.

By the way here is the Congressional Oath of Office that Gutierrez and all congressmen swore to uphold. “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…”.


December 6th, 2010
6:54 pm

Its all about the math – there is a huge disparity in numbers between the truly wealthy (the guys with yatchs the size of WW2 destroyers), and poor whites, blacks,and Hispanics. The Republicans have brainwashed the most ignorant whites, but they need more votes. They have determined that the Hispanics will be the easier of the two remaining voter pools. Meanwhile, the Democrats, who have a lock on the black votes, need the Hispanic votes too. Neither party is going to enforce our immigration laws – they couldn’t care less about the middle class – the guys who pay all of the bills. This is too obvious.

Last Man Standing

December 6th, 2010
7:22 pm

I guess I could leave my comments as simply, “ditto”, but I have more to say. Niether political party has lived up to their responsibility of controlling our nation’s borders. We are now awash with illegal aliens. Granting amnesty is tantamount to approving their illegal actions. We can and should deport ALL illegal aliens – no matter their country of origin and no matter how many children they have who were born here. Being the child of an illegal alien makes the child illegal also.


December 6th, 2010
11:10 pm

Jeb Bush is a blue blooded idiot just like his brother and dad. They are just about as bad as the Kennedys who helped destroy our country. If this is not so, why is there growing discussions about how the nation can be peacefully split. Why is that? I didn’t here that talk back in the day but here it now in normal conversations more and more and more. Is this where we are heading? What happens next?


December 7th, 2010
9:01 am

Newt will be singing a different tune if he hopes to get out of the primary.


December 7th, 2010
8:22 pm

Newt goes whereever the wind blows-HYPOCRITE to the max…he hasn’t a prayer for the presidency.Jjeb Bush looking to his sons political future with an hispanic majority. They both make me want to VOMIT!


December 8th, 2010
10:54 am

Both of these two men have their eyes on the Oval Office and will submit to whatever it takes to get there??? Newt is very smart but
has many mountains to climb to get there. I don’t know about Jeb’s future??? I really don’t think it is D. C. for either…