Gingrich Plan on Immigration a Good Starting Point

4) It makes a healthy distinction between an illegal immigrant who arrived here 20 years ago, and has been contributing to the economy and society ever since, and one who got here 20 days ago and hasn’t contributed anything.

5) It puts a conservative face on the cause of immigration reform since, whatever you think of Newt, he doesn’t exactly fit the profile of a bleeding heart liberal;

6) It separates “citizenship” for illegal immigrants (which will never happen) from giving them work permits so they can stay in the United States (which just might);

7) It will keep many immigrant families together, which stands in stark contrast to what is happening under the cruel policies of the Obama administration;

8) It advances a genuine idea and a practical solution to a stubborn problem instead of settling for another dose of cynical politics and heated rhetoric;

9) It would give at least some undocumented workers a chance at legalization, which means they wouldn’t have to worry about being hunted or harassed by local cops impersonating border patrol agents; and

10) It might even help convince Latinos to take another look at supporting a Republican for president, which would break the stranglehold that the Democratic Party has on that group and that would help both the political parties and Latinos.

What Newt Gingrich proposes by way of dealing with illegal immigrants isn’t perfect. But it’s a good starting point. Any of his opponents who sees fault in this approach is free to step up with a better idea to address the problem.

So far, though, that hasn’t happened. For the most part, all we’re hearing is criticism. It’s not helpful. It’s not productive. And it’s not worth listening to.

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