Friday, September 07, 2007


A Kind Word About Rudy

My feelings about Rudy Giuliani are fairly well known: Let's just say that he's not in my top two or three preferred candidates in the GOP field.

However, I think he should get credit for speaking some truth about ilegal immigration, even if it won't go down too well with some Republican voters:
"It's not a crime," Giuliani said Friday. "I know that's very hard for people to understand, but it's not a federal crime."

Giuliani's comments came in an interview with CNN Headline News and radio talk-show host Glenn Beck.

"I was U.S. attorney in the Southern district of New York," he said. "So believe me, I know this. In fact, when you throw an immigrant out of the country, it's not a criminal proceeding. It's a civil proceeding."

Illegal immigration shouldn't be a crime, either, Giuliani said: "No, it shouldn't be because the government wouldn't be able to prosecute it. We couldn't prosecute 12 million people. We have only 2 million people in jail right now for all the crimes that are committed in the country, 2.5 million."

He added: "My solution is close the border to illegal immigration."
He's right. Now, it's a reasonable question to ask whether entering the country illegally should be a federal crime, but it's not right now. It would have been easy for Giuliani to demagogue the issue in the way Romney is trying to, but he refused to do so.

Good for him on this one.

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