August 16th, 2007
11:59 AM ET
16 years ago

Republican border war continues

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former New York City Mayor and Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani fired another shot Thursday in his border battle with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Giuliani launched two new radio ads in South Carolina, a key early primary states in the 2008 presidential race. In an ad called “Fence,” Giuliani reflects on his difficulty in getting criminals who were illegal immigrants deported by the federal government. (Related: Watch Bill Schneider report on Giuliani v. Romney on immigration)

“It frustrates me that if someone comes here illegally, in addition to everything else that’s involved in that, if they commit a crime, we don’t throw them out of the country,” he said in the spot.

Giuliani adds, “People that come in illegally we gotta stop. You stop illegal immigration by building a fence, a physical fence and then a technological fence. You then hire enough Border Patrol so they can respond in a timely way.” The ad ends with Giuliani saying that fluency in English ought to be a requirement of becoming a U.S. citizen.

The second new radio ad, called “Out of Control,” focuses on how Giuliani’s record on crime, welfare, and spending as New York mayor.

- CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. The King of Cable

    Rudy, Rudy, Rudy . . . . what about those mostly Republican employers who lure the illegals here with promises of a better life? No penalties? You wouldn't be looking for their votes, would you????

    August 16, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Bob Roxboro, NC

    Sorry Rudy,, you stop illegal immigration by penalizing the traitorous employers who would sell out their mothers for a chance to profit by exploiting these hapless, downtrodden laborers from afar. Get with it folks, hefty fines for the avaricious asses who utilize illegals to make their obscene profits.

    August 16, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. RA The Framing Wizard

    This may create some heart burn of your own!

    The Clinton’s in the White House again! Is a disaster waiting to happen! Liken to a nuclear explosion. I will choose the heart of a nuclear explosion over the Clinton’s back in the White House any day of the week!

    August 16, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Here's my question:

    When will CNN begin reporting on the DEMOCRAT'S "position" on illegal immigration?

    We know that both Giuliani and Romney are running campaigns asserting that they will halt illegal immigration and we know that Democrats were unanimous in their support for President Bush's amnesty plan, but SOMEHOW, neither the Democrats, nor CNN is providing ANY commentary on the positions of the various DEMOCRATIC candidates on this VERY important issue.

    August 16, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    RON PAUL is the choice for limited government, no income taxes, and no to illegal imigration.

    August 16, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. RA The Framing Wizard

    Do change your views or your positions! Rudy Giuliani! Go For It!

    August 16, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. RA Las Vegas, NV

    Opps; made a mistake in my verbiage. Do NOT change your views or your positions! Rudy Giuliani! Go For It!

    August 16, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Mike, Boston, Mass

    I gotta agree, you hear virtually ZERO from any democrat candidate concerning illegal immigration or even badly needed reforms to legal immigration. Typical; democrats skirt the tough issues and straddle the ones that might make them unpopular with any given special interest group. This group has it right though – www dot numbersusa dot com BTW, our next president will be Duncan Hunter!

    August 16, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. James, NY, NY

    Poor labor is getting sold out by the party they back and all CNN wants to talk about is the Republican position on illegal immigration.

    August 16, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. ReadBtwthlins

    At least one party is talking about how to SECURE the border.

    August 16, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Rudy is a documented hypocrite.

    As mayor of New York Rudy denounced the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. This Act changed the way illegal immigrants who committed crimes were handled. Under the Act illegal immigrants who committed any crime, from the minor to the most egregious, were immediately eligible for deportation. The Act also denied undocumented immigrants from receiving social benefits.

    Rudy worked hard to have the Act overturned and denounced the Act in an immigration speech on Tuesday, March 31, 1998. He re-instated social benefits to the illegal immigrants in New York City.

    In that very same speech Rudy also denounced California Proposition 187, which restricted benefits and social services to illegal immigrants.

    Rudy condemned the I.N.S. for the way they process illegal immigrants. He condemned federal and state legislation that would deny benefits to illegal immigrants. And now Rudy has the unmitigated gall to declare his frustration as to why people come to the U.S. illegally. Mayors like Rudy are the cause of people coming to this country illegally. He has no place at all to declare his frustration. He should look in the mirror and condemn the man looking back at him.

    I used to like Rudy. Now the man simply disgusts me.

    August 16, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. Tom Dedham, Mass

    The Democrats made their statements on illegal immigration and it was hushed up as a non-story...............

    This will be brought up again by that evil genius Rove, so SHHHHHHH, we have our wedge issue that will unite us and the independents and swing a few fed up Democrats that are sick of spending 6 hours in an ER like I have.

    August 16, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. C.N. - Lowell, IN

    To Todd of Denham Mass, who thinks that six hours is a long time in the ER-

    give amnesty to 20 million illegals and you'd better bring a suitcase to the ER.

    August 16, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  14. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    STILL no stories on the democrats positions!

    August 17, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. David, Gilbert Arizona


    The 6 hour wait in the ER is due to the lack of general practitioners and registered nurses.

    Doctors are leaving hospitals and all the red tape involved. They are setting up their own private practice where they have slightly more control over the service they can provide. Doctors are also specializing in specific skill sets instead of general medicine. Couple that with the lack of registered nurses and you have huge delays at hospitals.

    Here is where Rudy falls short. In his campaign he declares his frustration at the number of illegal immigrants coming to the United States but at the same time he advocates providing social services to the illegal immigrants that make it across the border.

    Add all those factors together and you get an easy 8 hour wait at a hospital.

    Rudy is a walking oxymoron. I believe at this point Rudy would lie to the face of God if he thought it would get him elected.

    August 17, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Right on C.N., sad, but true as hell.

    August 17, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |