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Tuesday May 17, 2011

Gingrich Clarifies (Confuses) His Position on America’s Undocumented

Gingrich Clarifies (Confuses) His Position on America’s Undocumented

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Newt Gingrich told a Univision interviewer that he believes a “citizen board” could be a better way to deal with the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

Gingrich was on the show “Al Punto” which will air on Sunday morning with his idea of the “citizen board”.  During WWII local selective service boards (citizen boards) were created so that each community could review cases on an individual basis and the draft could be applied upon review.

“We may want to think about a citizen board that can actually look at things and decide, is this a person that came in two months ago and doesn’t nearly have any ties here? Or is this a person who clearly is integrated into the society but unfortunately has been undocumented, therefore, we have to rethink how we are approaching them,” he said.

Gingrich then goes on to say he is opposed to creating a pathway for people who entered the country illegally, but he does not believe in mass deportation.

“Somebody who’s been here 20 years and is married and has three kids and has been paying taxes and lived a totally peaceful life” but is an undocumented alien might deserve a second chance, he said.

“We got to find the way to routinize and get them in the law without necessarily getting them on a path to citizenship. Now there ought to be a way to do that.”