Illegal immigration supporter Rudy Giuliani for president?
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani hasn't declared himself to be a candidate for president, but has started a pro-Rudy non-profit that will probably start spreading pro-Rudy propaganda. He'll present himself as uniquely qualified to fight terrorism, but some on the far-left and perhaps others will no doubt disagree. And:
On Sunday, after a speech in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Mr. Giuliani said he did not view the election as a rebuke to Republicans, but urged the party to commit itself to fiscal discipline and immigration reform.
As discussed here, Rudy is a true softie when it comes to illegal immigration. NYC was a sanctuary city, and in the referenced interview he offered not just the standard "pass the buck to the Feds" argument, but also arguments similar to those used by opponents of California's Proposition 187. In brief, he's a strong supporter of illegal immigration.
And, from an unofficial Rudy for President blog:
...The first question from the crowd was regarding (no surprise) Illegal Immigration. Rudy essentially gave three steps that need to be enacted in any immigration reform legislation. The first step is to seal the borders. Secondly, there needs to be a mechanism for those who are here illegally to come forward so that we can identify who they are and screen them for criminals and potential terrorists. Thirdly, any immigration reform measure would have to include an English language requirement to foster assimilation into American Culture... Seems to me that this is exactly what the vast majority of Americans want: Seal the borders first!, Screen out the criminals, the drug dealers, and potential terrorists; and require anyone who stays to learn our language and assimilate...
Most Americans don't want illegal immigration, and Rudy's plan - which is just about the same as Bush's plan - would increase illegal immigration as well as increasing the risk of terrorist infiltration.