Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sarah Palin Finally Reveals Immigration Position, Favors Partial Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants

Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has finally disclosed her position on illegal immigration, and while I wouldn't suddenly nickname her "Sanctuary Sarah", she certainly favors at least some amnesty for illegals. Story published by WorldNetDaily, based upon October 21st interview of Palin by Univision. Also covered by The Political Cesspool and the Vanguard News Network Forum.

Here's a transcript of the pertinent part of the Univision interview:

Univision: Governor, let me ask you about immigration. How many undocumented immigrants are there in Alaska?
Palin: I don't know, I don't know. That's a good question. [Ed. Note: This is the same Sarah Palin who told People Magazine that she considers herself an "intellectual". Good gravy, man, she's the freaking governor and she can't even provide a "ballpark" figure? Pathetic, itz!]

Univision: As governor, how do you deal with them? Do you think they all should be deported?
Palin: There is no way that in the US we would roundup every illegal immigrant - there are about 12 million of the illegal immigrants - not only economically is that just an impossibility but that's not a humane way anyway to deal with the issue that we face with illegal immigration. [Ed. Note: The sheer numbers are often cited as an excuse to accept it as a fait accompli. There is no need to have a mass roundup; enforcement through attrition, focusing upon employers, would suffice.]

Univision: Do you then favor an amnesty for the 12 or 13 million undocumented immigrants?
Palin: No, I do not. I do not. Not total amnesty. You know, people have got to follow the rules. They've got to follow the bar, and we have got to make sure that there is equal opportunity and those who are here legally should be first in line for services being provided and those opportunities that this great country provides.

Univision: To clarify, so you support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?
Palin: I do because I understand why people would want to be in America. To seek the safety and prosperity, the opportunities, the health that is here. It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.

However, WorldNetDaily tells us that Univision did NOT provide a complete translation of the interview. Here's the statement by Palin omitted:

"We – our policy – John McCain has been so clear with his policy and it makes a lot of sense too," Reuters reported Palin said. "We secure our borders first. But then with a comprehensive approach we must deal humanely with those who are here, and we must allow the steps to be taken to protect the families of those who are here, maybe as illegal immigrants today". [Ed. Note: What an ambiguous statement!]

How about first dealing humanely with all those Americans who are losing jobs because of our recession, and can use those jobs currently worked by illegal immigrants?

Perhaps a very small number of illegals who have rendered exceptional service to America, or who have committed an act of heroism, could be allowed to stay and qualify for citizenship. But the vast majority, upon routine detection and apprehension, must be sent packing, otherwise you're rewarding bad behavior and creating an incentive for more illegals to come.

By the way, I've seen estimates varying from 2,000 to 5,000 illegal immigrants in Alaska.

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