For Gingrich, a Glimmer of Hope

As far as substance is concerned, last night’s Republican presidential debate on national security was terrible. With few exceptions, the candidates had little to say on America's withdrawal from Iraq, the prospects for preventing a nuclear Iran, the defense cuts in the Super Committee “trigger,” and the nation’s relationship with China. Likewise, CNN failed to ask the candidates about the ongoing collapse of the European economy or our detainee policies. As for less glamorous but equally important issues like the effort to reduce our nuclear arsenal, or the medium-term status of the North Korean regime? Absolutely nothing.

What was worth noting about this debate—the 13th this year—came toward the end of the night, when Newt Gingrich put himself to the left of Mitt Romney on immigration. As has been the case in nearly every debate, Romney scared off the “amnesty” straw man and offered a hard-right approach to immigration reform, proposing a system in which anyone who came to the United States illegally is deported. The former Speaker pushed back: “I do not believe that the people of the United States are going to take people who have been here a quarter century, who have children and grandchildren, who are members of the community, who may have done something 25 years ago, separate them from their families, and expel them.” Gingrich declared: “Let’s be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families.”

This sounds similar to Rick Perry’s rhetoric from an earlier debate, when he called Republicans “heartless” for opposing a Texas policy that provided in-state tuition rates for the children of undocumented immigrants. The difference is that Gingrich doesn’t attack the motives of Republicans as much as he makes an appeal to their better natures. Whether this will harm him is up in the air. Regardless, it was nice to see a glimmer of humanity from the presidential hopeful.

Indeed, if there was any constant throughout the debate, it was the extent to which Newt Gingrich was confident, clear, and able to hold his own (especially against Mitt Romney). On most questions, he offered the most cogent answers, even if they were sometimes restatements of Obama administration policy (his answer on Pakistan, for example). It’s not a hard call to say that he won this debate.

The question, of course, is whether this actually matters for the GOP presidential contest. How much does a good debate performance count, and will it do anything to blunt Romney’s strength as a candidate? At first glance, the answer is no, but there was evidence—if only a little—to suggest a potential weakness in Romney’s armor.

With Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain, the problem is establishment credibility; despite their popularity with the rank-and-file, party elites aren't flocking to support any of them. Newt Gingrich is a little different. As former Speaker of the House, he comes with a fair amount of support from Republican insiders—a fact seen in the warm reception he received from the debate audience in Washington D.C. If he can leverage his newfound popularity into something sustainable, he’ll become the first candidate to challenge Romney on his own turf. Is it unlikely? Yes. But as the Republican presidential contest continues to unfold, it’s something to think about.

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Immigration is a highly volatile issue and no matter what the two parties say it will have equal ranking with the jobs and the economy. This was illustrated on CNN cable when former Speaker Newt Gingrich stated for the record, that people who had been here at least twenty five years, with roots could in some way become a legitimate member of this society, but with no path to citizenship--and those who came here in the last 5 years would not be accepted and would be eventually deported. The only problem I see with this as many others in the GOP race to become President simply did not entertain this, because others will see this as soft on immigration enforcement, and a 'magnet' for others to arrive in even larger numbers. It's a complex state of affairs and the only avenue, I see for long term illegal residents, no matter if they are paying taxes, without a criminal background, have children or as Newt said 'going to church, is to file papers and then leave the country and wait in line like every other potential immigrant. Otherwise is greatly unfair to honest people, who have waited patiently years for a visa in other countries.

For the other illegal aliens who have no support, especially those who are in the welfare system, they must depart under their own means or eventually be deported. With the potential inception of the 'Legal Workforce Act' getting any job nationwide, will grow even more difficult for illegal migrants and immigrants. Businesses are under the growing pressure of being caught, with a chance of a large fines, loss of business assets and even prison. With an estimated 22 million Americans unemployed, many given-up, should add a urgency to enacting E-Verify. But as the candidates informed Moderator Wolf Blitzer, in last night’s debate, the border fence must be secured initially as that to me means the 2006 Secure Fence Act. Texas Governor Rick Perry added to the commentary a need for 'Boots on the ground' Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, whom Gingrich had overtaken in the polls, jumped on the prospect in distancing himself from the former congressman.

So far the Mandatory E-Verify Congressional bill has been ignored, accurately as the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli bill had been--that GOP nominating candidate Gingrich expressed. Newt Gingrich is very well versed in immigration history; he and other supporters of the bill were promised certain regulations that were watered down. Gingrich added, “We were going to get two things in return,” he said. “We were going to get control of the border and we were going to get a guest worker program with employer enforcement. We got neither.”

So the giant magnet for cheap labor is still obvious, because the politicians had obviously colluded with the business lobbyists, not enforcing the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act. This type of reply will not go down well with Conservatives, specifically the millions of TEA PARTY members-a growing force of voters in thousands of nationwide branches. The Liberal Progressive, including their compatriots in the media, has tried to undermine the voting power of the TEA PARTY, moderate Democrats, and uncountable numbers voters in every political party. The disillusionment for the present administration has drawn the regular American out of their morass; unknown numbers who have never voted before. Not just white citizens but, but black people, Hispanics, Orientals and all racial majorities.

On private land along the borders are hidden cameras placed there by concerned ranchers and property owners. The mind-set of the Democratic agenda is to expel that fewer aliens are crossing the border? The camera’s lens show a different story as the trails are still full of both hundreds of illegal groups daily, with the packed (mules) of drug migrant recruitment. There is no slowdown, as being recorded through this equipment. The border is still full of vast stretched of open land, barring a few rusty strands of barbed wire that has been there for decades. What all the prospective presidential candidates impressed on the audience was that the ‘Fence is not secured’ and without the House and Senate being integrated fully with the new fresh-faced TEA PARTY policymakers—it never will. Our immigration laws remain broken because of the undying influence of the thousands of lobbyists who jamb the halls of Congress.

The TEA PARTY is not just about stopping illegal immigration Amnesty, but halting the further encroachment of the bloated government on citizen’s lives. It is a protector of our Constitution from Liberal Extremists, reinventing our tax code that is fair to everybody, with no exemptions. Drilling for our own oil for US consumers and for other countries needs of which America has the largest reservoirs in the world of oil and could reduce the 15 trillion dollar deficit. Returning Department of the federal government, which should be in the hands of individual states? Cut thousands of mostly groundless regulations, thus industry is not suffocated from creating jobs.

IF YEARS BACK ENTERING THE UNITED STATES WAS A FELONY, THEN THE WHOLE ISSUE WOULD BE RESOLVED.

Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) that would require 100% of businesses to utilize E-Verify for all new hires within 2 years. The bill would also require all federal, state, and local agencies as well as federal and state contractors, sub-contractors to use E-Verify within 6 months. The Legal Workforce Act could open up jobs currently held by the approximate 8 million plus illegal aliens. I do agree with the larger populace of this nation that we should be attracting the cream at the top of highly skilled people, whose occupations is in Science, Math and computer technology and other highly specialized trades. What we must stop is those who come here to gain access to public entitlements. We have already become a free HMO medical care, to the world’s poor and a free schooling system for unknown numbers of children of illegal alien parents that courts make us use our taxes to incur. Where are we going to find the money to pay for these unfunded mandates, that if Obama’s health care for the majority is found constitution-the funding will spiral upwards even more?

MAYBE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS—PERHAPS MILLIONS WILL GO HOME, TAKING THEIR FAMILIES-- ONCE E-VERIFY IS FULLY IN OPERATION.

Firstly there is strong support for E-Verify law, The Legal Workforce Act, bill number H.R.2885, as just 35 co-sponsors are needed to bring this to the House floor. . Those American not working and want a job should get into action and phone 202-224-3121 in Washington and demand ‘ The Legal Workforce Act’ bill be passed. As an addition, you can go to the website of NumbersUSA and freely fax your House Representatives. All politicians, especially who are in the new TEA PARTY leadership will be held accountable in coming elections. The majority of those politicians in Washington have their own site on the web, so everybody with access to a computer can write an E-mail.

The Legal Workforce Act, E-Verify will prosecute businesses with harsh fine and prison for hiring foreign nationals. .NumbersUSA has all the facts and a free faxing system to contact the House to bring H.R. 2885, to the floor of the House.

Does anyone recall that Newt resigned his post after the HUGE backlash in pursuing the Clinton impeachment? Does anyone recall how Newt left his ailing and aging wife for then intern, current wife? Does anyone recall what happens when our nation hires a hyper-partisan POTUS to represent our interest? Talk to George W. Bush? Our nation is at the brink of social, financial, and educational calamity and we require a leader to work with world leaders with all of us citizens in mind. If the GOP is only focused on winning an election, then the entire party is broken (maybe the system) and no candidate from that part of the aisle can be taken seriously for policymaking.

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