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Friday, August 17, 2007

VIDEO - Giuliani Explains Why Giuliani's Immigration Stance is Nuts

Watch this clip from a 1996 speech at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, courtesy of Talking Points Memo:

This is the same man who promised earlier this week that he would "end illegal immigration." But a decade ago he said:
"[W]e're never, ever going to be able to totally control immigration into a country that is as large as ours, that has borders that are as diverse as the borders of the United States ... As a society that wants to be a country that values freedom ... that values freedom of movement, [and] freedom to do business ... if you were going to totally control the flow of people into the United States, you might very well destroy the economy of the country, because you'd have to inspect everything and everyone in every way possible. ... You're never totally going to control it, so we're going to have to accept that, if we want to be the kind of country that we are."
Giuliani is trying to justify his change of position on "new technologies," but that doesn't address the excellent point he made about how our society wants to be a country that values freedom. In any event, technology hasn't changed THAT much in just ten years.


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