Breaking: Newt Gingrich IS running for president (and his stance on immigration reform)

(this post is not necessarily an endorsement)

Expect to hear Newt’s announcement to run for prez tonite on Hannity. As per immigration reform, here’s his take:

“You cannot pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

Instead, he proposes a series of bills, small, tangible action steps as it were, towards fixing a system that’s broke. His goals? Working towards some kind of legal status for the current undocumented in-country, e.g., a “guest worker” status, or extending visas so good workers can stay longer. He moves away from the hard-line policy of his party and wants to work towards making people “legalized”, but not necessarily citizens. The upside of this is that it protects them from exploitation and should also address some of the issues like trafficking and drugs that get intertwined when one is living in shadows.

In the end, Newt wants to make immigration lawyers obsolete, so as to streamline a vastly exhausting, lengthy and expensive process (thus prone to exploitation)

Is this a good way forward? I’ll let u be the judge. I hv my thoughts but I’d like to hear yours:

Published by Wayne Park

Asian-American clergyman thinking about issues of faith, place, race and culture-making in the vast city of Houston, TX

2 thoughts on “Breaking: Newt Gingrich IS running for president (and his stance on immigration reform)

  1. If my recollection is correct, this sounds a bit like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 which kept immigrants as “permanent aliens” without the possibility of citizenship.

    Doesn’t sit well with me at all.

    1. I’ve heard this concern mentioned.
      I’m not sure how convinced I am either, as olive branches placate the argument but keep things status quo. Still; don’t know I there is any other way forward in this partisan govt…

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