…I think if you campaign in most neighborhoods in America, whether they're Latino, or they're Anglo, or they're African American, or whatever, if your choice is food stamps or a paycheck, I think virtually every Latino voter would prefer a paycheck.So is Gingrich saying here that minority voters don't want to be the recipients of government programs?
Here's what Newt had to say about the amnesty question:
…Now Republicans have to be articulate enough to say we have to solve the challenge of undocumented workers and undocumented children. We have to solve the challenge of bringing people in from the shadows into the law. We ought to have a series of steps to get us there. I agree with that totally..."Out of the shadows" ? What about those canvassers in Washington State who are helping the Democrats, and openly involved in electoral politics? They're sure not "in the shadows".
And there was this exchange:
RAMOS ...you don’t want to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants?NEWT AND CALLISTA GINGRICH ON ISSUES OF LATINO INTEREST
Newt Gingrich: No, it's impossible.
Oct. 18th, 2010
It's the old "they can't all be deported" argument.
But they could all be deported if our government wanted to do it.
However, it probably wouldn't even be necessary to deport all illegal aliens. Imagine a coordinated government program of (1) gaining control of the border, (2) going after employers who hire illegal aliens, (3) cutting off government benefits to illegals, (4) aggressively raiding workplaces that hire illegals, (5) letting states like Arizona enforce the law, and (6) plugging up the anchor baby loophole. In that case, illegal aliens would be self-deporting in droves. Of course we'd have to deport those who didn't leave of their own accord, but there would be less of them. Plus the news would get to Mexico and other countries and fewer people there would be leaving for the U.S.
So we shouldn't buy into the conventional wisdom on this argument.