Gingrich says millions of illegal immigrants should leave
December 18th, 2011
01:24 PM ET
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Gingrich says millions of illegal immigrants should leave

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich insisted Sunday that some illegal immigrants who have become full community members should be able to stay in the country, but he added that his policy would require 7 million or more to go back to their home nations before having a chance to return.

Appearing on the CBS program "Face the Nation," the front-running Republican presidential hopeful repeated his call for some kind of citizen review board to assess whether illegal immigrants would be eligible to get a residency permit and stay in America.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Good work, boys. Keep the microphones and cameras in his face. He's about to pop of a good one. The facts are that conservatives love the cheap, union busting labor that immigrants, legal or otherwise, provide. It has been conservatives that have relaxed the laws and law enforcement that have encouraged people to come into this country. Do not forget the right wing support that Bush had for his "guest worker" program. Immigrants were a good thing until Republicans realized that illegals were consuming taxpayer benefits.

    December 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Jules

    That's not what he said a couple of weeks ago. Oh my gosh – a flip flop from the GOP – what a shocker that is.

    December 18, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Peace

    Is this what we call "changing of mind" or flip-flopping though not 100%?

    December 18, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Raul Alvarez

    This guy is a Joke, if republicans allow him to be their candidate, they are going to regreat it!

    December 18, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. "Face the Nation' ...he does..

    We still think that Gingrich is the "steadfast" GOP candidate of the group...Newt allowing his tongue to run outfront from time to time...is not a bad thing....The truth comes out this way and tells us what really ails America...Remeber Pres Reagan did it often and the result was positive....!

    December 18, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Absolutely. No question, about that fact.

    December 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. John

    I am absolutely amazed that any Mexican/Latino would vote for a Republican, with all of the disdain the GOP has shown to their culture, beliefs, and attitudes.

    December 18, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. arale norimaki

    if the Congress care about America’s immigration system. you can start by removing wet foot, dryfoot" policy, in terms of allowing Cuban refugees that racist

    Why is this anti-hispanic when it applies to all illegal immigrants? illegal is not a Race. It is Illegal

    other vs. Cubans: Is There A Double Standard On Illegal Aliens?

    December 18, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Charlene Shoultz

    They have come to America to have a better life. In doing so, that better life involves honoring this country. Learn and speak our language–English. Stop the drug and liquor use. Get a drivers license. -f you cannot find a job, then return to Mexico. Many have brought disease TB for one. Unable to work, you have turned to our government to support your health needs, educating your children and costing taxpayer dollars when you are arrested doe crimes. Please know you are welcome but only on a visa, work permit.

    December 18, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. c'mon america

    I agree with what newt says , but what will he do once businesses complain about losing their CHEAP labor . I know , i know , they only do work Americans won't do . But the truth is there are a lot of construction workers who are unemployed and can't make ends meet on the new wages dictated be ILLEGAL workers . Also , when i was a teenager we worked at mc donalds etc. for school money etc. Now adult ILLEGALS do that work too . Will Americans not do it ? Or is it just not available to them anymore ? ( i live in So. Cal. It may be different elsewhere )

    December 18, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    First I don’t believe that 7 million will leave

    I bet we will talk about immigration 2012, 2014,2016 ……

    December 18, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Robert Wyatt

    I, for one am not a fan if ILLEGAL ALIENS. Defenders say as long as they aren't violating any laws, just leave them alone... Well, it seems to me that if they are here ILLEGALLY, well, aren't they violating at least one law...Send them all home and let them come in through the front door............

    December 18, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. diridi

    Do not believe all this junk....politics. Republicans are pushing in House on High Skilled immigration Act while Computer and medicine grads are out of work..Foreigners are lobbying....all contract jobs....let the companies hire Citizens of America, first, then we see...folks, just remove all Republicans in next elections....please...

    December 18, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Bushper

    This is just trickry by GOP to get Hispanic vote. But it will fail woefully.

    December 18, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Coigne

    Why not give them amnesty? Reagan did.

    December 18, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. CBR

    Is this man serious? Who would even qualify to be on these panels and would people even want to serve on something so subjective?

    December 18, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |