As I mentioned last night, Rudy did appear on O’Reilly and he had the opportunity to spell out the specifics of his plan. He went through some of his immigration plan’s proposals-i.d. cards, the fence and BorderStat (a variation on his CompStat program for measuring crime fighting results). He ended with this: “Americanization, at the end of the road, everybody who becomes a citizen, no matter what their status was before or how you’re dealing with them, what penalties they have to pay, has to speak, read, and write English. … [The] purpose of immigration, remember, as you and I always understood it is–immigration, wonderful, I’m the biggest advocate of legal immigration you’re going to find, but it’s part of assimilation.” I agree, Phil, that Fred is a great storyteller, but especially on this issue politicians have been talking for years and voters are going to demand to know what each of the candidates is actually going to do. The New York City analogy doesn’t work for everything, but the comparison to driving down crime and measuring results there and the task of dealing with the utterly out of control border and measuring progress with that undertaking has some logic to it.
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