Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has revised his stance on illegal immigration to allow for citizenship of illegals serving in the US military and work permits for illegals attending American colleges and universities, two platforms that are included in the controversial DREAM Act currently being debated in Congress.
During a heated exchange with talk radio host Laura Ingraham, Gingrich cited a provision in the DREAM Act that allows “non-citizens” serving in the American military to have the same opportunity as others in applying for citizenship.
“I think that it’s legitimate to say, if you’re willing to risk your life for two or three years, serving to protect the United States, we will be willing to consider you for citizenship,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich also said that illegals attending colleges and universities in America should be afforded work permits, but not automatic citizenship.
“I am opposed to granting citizenship to anyone who has broken the law, before the people back home who have obeyed the laws,” Gingrich added.
Ingraham then played a clip from the day before where Gingrich said, “we have to find policies that extend to every American, and that includes people who are not yet legal, every American, the opportunity to pursue happiness, the opportunity to have a work ethic, the opportunity to grow more prosperous, and we have to design a system where it is more advantageous to be legal than illegal.” She then asked Gingrich what he felt Americans voted for on November 2.
Gingrich replied that no election, including the Colorado governor race that saw the openly anti-illegal Tom Tancredo lose to his Democrat rival, has been won on the idea that 11 million people can be deported. This led to a heated argument between the two conservatives, with Ingraham saying that both Republicans and Democrats have “fallen down” in their basic responsibility to enforce the border.
Gingrich said he is in favor of deporting illegals who are gang members or arrested for a felony, and is “committed 100-percent” to enforcement of the US border, noting his past accomplishment as Speaker when he helped enforce the first control of the San Diego border. He also said he committed to having English as the official language of government.