Fred On Illegal Immigration and Border Security
Yesterday I posted that Fred Thompson was going to address Illegal Immigration at a campaign stop in Georgia. Here is the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s coverage Thompson’s visit.
… Thompson put illegal immigration atop of a long list of positions that he said proved his conservative pedigree.
Thompson accused both Romney and Giuliani of tolerating “sanctuary” policies endorsed by some U.S. cities, in which local authorites routinely don’t inquire into an individual’s immigration status.
“I voted to do away with sanctuary cities,” said Thompson. He pointed to Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York. “I don’t know where [Giuliani] stands today on that. I know where he stood then,” Thompson said.
Later, Thompson said that after securing the U.S. border, the millions of undocumented foreign workers now working in the U.S. could be addressed through attrition.
“They set up a false choice — either we get giant busloads of people tomorrow, and round them all up, or we have to grant amnesty. Attrition by enforcement is what makes the most sense,” he said.
But Thompson said he didn’t favor tougher penalties for businesses who employ illegal workers. “I think the issue now has to do more with enforcement,” he said.
I agree for the most part with what Fred said on the issue, but one point that I do disagree with him on is the penalties for businesses who knowingly hire illegals. I definatly think that those penalties need to be increased and enforced. Before we are able to do that though we must provide employers the means to verify the citizenship status of its potential employees.
Earlier post here