Rudy Giuliani and
Mitt Romney squabble on illegal immigration
Mitt Romney accuses Rudy
Giuliani for being too soft on illegal immigration, Giuliani has
was a big mistake for Rudy Giuliani and John McCain to skip the
Ames Straw Poll, making Mitt Romney one of the leaders for
Presidency in 2008 after his 31% victory in Iowa.
And the former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney saw the once in a lifetime opportunity, seized the moment
and attacked the favorite GOP presidential hopeful on the
hot-button issue of illegal immigration. Just a few days ago
Mitt Romney accused Rudy Giuliani of turning New York into one
of the biggest sanctuary city during his time as a Mayor of the
Big Apple. During his campaign in Iowa, Romney said that
Giuliani intentionally "instructed city workers not to provide
information to the federal government that would allow them to
enforce the law," turning a blind eye on the growing problem.
"New York City was the poster child
for sanctuary cities in the country and I think that's the wrong
way to go," Romney attacked Giuliani. While Rudy Giuliani
was a mayor, in 1996 he sued the federal government for new
provisions in federal immigration laws that would encourage
government employees to turn in illegal immigrants seeking
benefits from the city.
But now it appears that Mitt Romney was
not quite prepared to start this fight. While speaking in South
Carolina today, Rudy Giuliani quickly declared the immigration
issue as one of his famous "12 commitments", vowing to put an
end to illegal immigration, secure the border and account for
each of the non-citizens in the United States (probably having
the 12 million illegal immigrants in mind, as the permanent
residents are also non-citizens, although quite well
"My response is, you have to look at the
results. New York City had the least amount of illegality per
capita of any major city in the country and I brought that
change about," Giuliani said.
Rudy Giuliani did not just take the
defensive stance, but fired back at Mitt Romney, pulling out his
governor of Massachusetts record and pointing out that during
his term, the Massachusetts cities of Cambridge, Orleans and
Somerville all declared that they are in essence sanctuary
cities. "Why should the American people believe Gov. Romney
has the right kind of executive experience for America when he
claims he was powerless to take action against the three
sanctuary cities in Massachusetts who refused to enforce illegal
immigration laws?" Jim Dyke, a senior Giuliani campaign
strategist, was quoted by ABC News.
Though break for Mitt Romney, as the
Democratic mayor of Sommerville since 2004, Joseph Curtatone,
claimed later that he had not received any communication from
Romney on the issue. Curtatone said that when Sommerville
declared itself as "city of hope" in 2006, it was simply an
official recognition of what exists everywhere in Massachusetts.
Although the battle on immigration was
started by Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani is definitely coming out
as a winner of this one.
The odds on the presidential candidates
remain unchanged for now. Rudy Giuliani is listed at 5/1 to
become the next President and Mitt Romney is right behind with
9/1, as posted by the online oddsmaker
Bodog Sports. Giuliani is still
the favorite to be named as the Republican Candidate for the
2008 US Presidential Election at 3/2, but Mitt Romney's odds was
slashed to 4/1, passing John McCain at 5/1.
Published on 08/14/2007
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