Here's the thing: I have no intention of taking up an eligibility fight with Santorum.
If Obama can be a natural born citizen even though his father was not an American, so can Rick. And that goes for any of our other GOP candidates. I'm talking 'bout you, Rubio.
But, this is where I have a problem: When Newt outlined a very bold, aggressive approach to dealing with our fluid borders and the illegal alien crisis we are facing today, Rick and Mitt both accused Newt of being flat-out pro-illegal alien because he included a very practical, reality-grounded approach to dealing with those particular, aging aliens who have deep roots in their respective communities and are otherwise law-abiding.
To be clear, Newt advocated
passing a comprehensive national immigration bill. He said he'd control the border. He said he'd make English the official language of government. He be very pro legal immigration. He'd create a legal worker program that would be outsourced to American Express, Visa, or Matercard (remember, he is the Science and Technology Candidate) in order to avoid the kind of fraud you'd have with a federal bureaucracy and he'd be tough on American employers who hired illegals.
In addition, he'd create a way for illegals who are now in their senior years to begin a path to legality (emphatically, not citizenship) - legality
- so that they can stay in America with limited rights that, importantly, do not include the right to vote but spare them from being separated from their children, grandchildren and beloved communities in their waning years. This path to citizenship would not be decided in Washington by a bunch of bureaucrats, but through a local citizen advisory board.
Who better to decide if someone gets to pursue a path to legality than the neighbors who've lived among them for decades?
For this, Mitt and Rick accused him of outright supporting amnesty. This was a grossly dishonest accusation especially since their solution to this problem was simply to ignore it.
But, in light of the fact that Rick's grandmother was not a citizen, I believe it was the height of hypocrisy for him to slander Newt in that way, also.
Let me tell you about my Grandma Blue Eyes and why I take this issue so personally. Grandma came to America from Paisley, Scotland through Ellis Island along with her sisters and family when she was five.
Sometime during the war, all her sisters and she had fulfilled all the requirements and classes needed to become American citizens. When the day came for the big test and swearing-in ceremony, she was ill and could not go with her sisters. All her sisters became citizens that day but she did not.
And then fear seized her. The kind of fear that wasn't healthy and that she struggled with for most of her life. You see, she was married and had a child, the only one out of her sisters with such attachments. If she went back to get her test and failed, she'd be deported and separated from her family.
She was simply terrified to fail. So days became weeks became months and instead of taking the test she decided to just pretend she was at that ceremony with her sisters and granted citizenship with them.
That's how she became an undercover illegal alien.
She was married to a p51 fighter pilot who served in WWII, raised four wonderful, law-abiding children and lived and worked in America her whole life without ever voting or receiving public aid. Her children all work and have families and contribute to society and none have ever received public aid. Now, her grandchildren (of which I am one) have families and are productive members of society who deeply love and are devoted to this country.
She loved this country deeply and was a sterling citizen.
If, in the years proceeding the war, it was Scots who had created an unsustainable, illegal invasion of our country to such a degree that Americans were facing bankruptcy supporting them, Mitt and Rick would be fine and dandy deporting Grandma Blue Eyes along with all the other illegals who came to America and did nothing but take from us and break our laws.
Under a Mitt of Rick presidency, there would be no distinction between Grandma Blue Eyes and someone who stole over our borders last year with his pregnant wife and made hard-working, decent Americans pay for his healthcare and the cost of delivering his baby.
In light of this, Newt is not only looking like the most compassionate, practical candidate who deals with problems as they are and not as we wish them to be, but the only sane one as well.
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