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Is Newt Gingrich Right About Immigration?

Is Newt Gingrich Right About Immigration?

As former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich rises to the top of the GOP 2012 field, his immigration plan has become a target for his Republican rivals. Specifically his proposal to “Create a path to earned legality for some of the millions of people who are here outside the law” has drawn heavy criticism from conservatives. He defends it as “humane,” arguing, “I am for a path to legality for those people whose ties run so deeply in America that it would truly be a tragedy to try and rip their family apart.” However, former Gov. Mitt Romney said it would create “a new doorway to amnesty,” and Rep. Michele Bachmann said that Gingrich “probably has the most liberal position on illegal immigration of any of the candidates in the race.” Some immigration activists have embraced Gingrich’s willingness to challenge the status quo of the Republican platform on immigration while other activists insist that his plan does not go far enough. Here is the Debate Club’s take on Newt Gingrich’s immigration plan.


The Arguments

#1
34 Pts
Newt Gingrich Supports the Arizonification of America

No – Newt Gingrich Supports the Arizonification of America

Chris Newman Legal Director and General Counsel at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network

#2
24 Pts
Newt Gingrich Plan Will Create Immigrant Underclass

No – Newt Gingrich Plan Will Create Immigrant Underclass

Marshall Fitz Director of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress

#3
9 Pts
On Immigration, Newt Gingrich Has Right Questions, Wrong Answers

No – On Immigration, Newt Gingrich Has Right Questions, Wrong Answers

Frank Sharry Founder and Executive Director of America's Voice

#4
5 Pts
Newt Gingrich Right to Bring Morals to Immigration Debate

Yes – Newt Gingrich Right to Bring Morals to Immigration Debate

Luis Alvarado Strategic Advisor for Revolvis Consulting

#5
-5 Pts
Newt Gingrich Faces the Facts of Immigration

Yes – Newt Gingrich Faces the Facts of Immigration

Tamar Jacoby President of ImmigrationWorks USA

#6
-13 Pts
Newt Gingrich Plan Would Mean More Illegal Immigrants

No – Newt Gingrich Plan Would Mean More Illegal Immigrants

Mark Krikorian Author of 'The New Case Against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal' and 'How Obama is Transforming America Through Immigration'


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