Rudy Giuliani promises that he will end illegal immigration.
“We can end illegal immigration,” Giuliani vowed to an audience of roughly 300 at a community center in Aiken, S.C., Tuesday morning. “I promise you, we can end illegal immigration.”
Very impressive. There’s just one little tiny problem . . . how he behaved in New York. I’ll yield the floor to Michelle Malkin.
[T]he record is clear. New York City’s sanctuary policy was created in 1989 by Democrat Mayor Ed Koch and upheld by every mayor succeeding him. When Congress enacted immigration reform laws that forbade local governments from barring employees from cooperating with the INS, Giuliani filed suit against the feds in 1997. He was rebuffed by two lower courts, which ruled that the sanctuary order amounted to special treatment for illegal aliens and was nothing more than an unlawful effort to flaunt federal enforcement efforts against illegal aliens. In January 2000, the Supreme Court rejected his appeal, but Giuliani vowed to ignore the law.
So, we’re better off with Romney? Nah. The linked article explains how three cities in Massachusetts declared themselves sanctuary cities during Romney’s tenure, and he never said boo. He instituted a program to have local authorities help the feds identify criminal illegals, but the deal
was reached in the closing days of his term, in December 2006, and was immediately rescinded by his replacement, Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick. The 30 state troopers initially assigned to receive specialized training from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency never received their training.
Face facts: no candidate is going to change the situation in any significant way. I’ve said before that this is a battle we have already lost. We lost it long ago. There are too many Hispanic voters who will harshly punish any party that tries to do anything major and meaningful about illegal immigration; therefore, no party will risk it. If you wonder why nothing ever seems to happen, that’s why. Pure and simple.
Plus, the Democrats are winning in 2008 anyway.
The best we can do is try to find solutions that are obvious and should appeal to both parties, such as identifying and deporting criminal aliens. This is a simple step that would have saved lives in Newark and across the country. I’ve spoken to liberal friends about this idea and haven’t found anyone yet who objects to the basic idea. The only objection I’ve encountered is that it won’t happen because it makes too much sense, and government doesn’t work that way.
I’m not that cynical. I think we can make that change.
But end illegal immigration?
Don’t insult our intelligence, Rudy.