November 14th, 2007
03:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Thompson takes on illegal immigration in new ad

Thompson is out with a new ad in Iowa.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson launched a new television ad in Iowa Wednesday that highlights his conservative stance on illegal immigration.

"Americans know we have an illegal immigration problem," Thompson, sitting at a diner counter, says in the 30-second ad. "And most of us have a good idea about how to start fixing it-secure our borders, and enforce the law. Giving up, by granting amnesty is not the answer."

Thompson's new ad comes the same day a new CBS/New York Times poll places him in fourth place in Iowa with 9 percent.

The commercial is likely to play well with Iowa GOP caucus-goers. The same poll out Wednesday found Hawkeye State Republican's rank illegal immigration as the No. 1 issue they want the candidates to discuss.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Fred Thompson • Iowa
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Andrew, NJ

    Thompson's candidacy boils down to: "They sky is blue"

    Thats all his candidacy is, pointing out things that everyone else already knows. i.e. that speech of his "We need to stop doing things that don't work[except Iraq War], and do more things that work"

    How insightful! But these guys never propose any solutions. Well except Ron Paul...his cut off all benefits the illegals can currently enjoy and get rid of incentive for these people to come here. Of course on top of actually enforcing our borders.

    November 14, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. ingabinga

    Show me a candidate that is going to deport all freeloading illegals and I'll show you my vote.

    November 14, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Richard, St. Paul, Mn

    Thompson's another carbon copy of the currently broken Republican Reich – lame, false and untrustworthy. But he's dead right on the Immigration issue. We need to clamp down on these Illegal Criminals and send them back to their own countries. The criteria for citizenship needs to be based on the qualities of the candidates and not the location of birth, which is why so many Illegal Criminals are sliming their way in, giving birth and then claiming citizenship.

    November 14, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. The Wood Wizard L V, NV

    While most may disagree with his arguments, there may be some of US who cannot help, but to notice this mans sincerity.

    We hear you politicians speak your double standards so much we are learning from you and are very sick of all of you; so do US all a favor and do not tell US you are going to be hard on illegal immigration while no real action has been taken since these so called laws were written and enacted.

    In the meanwhile these illegal immigrants are at your homes tending to your pretty manicured seventy million dollars estate grounds while you are out of the home splurging on $600.00 manicured finger nails and hair cuts, gaining free ninety free meals daily and strutting around our countries streets campaigning wearing $2,500.00 attire trying too have US believe what you say from the first thing that comes out of your minds is fact.

    While the rest of the American middle class citizens are insurance, income tax and merchandise tax poor paying for these illegal law breakers at a minimum of 89% of our own honest legal citizens. We are telling you the majorities are struggling to keep their current employment positions and opportunities alive; along with this countries competitive nature trying to surviving into today’s turbulent times with the security of our nation as a people at a very high level of risk is at or very near its peek.

    Waiting for an outcome that will never materialize from a very slow and useless people that have named them selves as congressman, Republicans and Democrats alike with their continuing lack of concern has shown most results that have currently and consistently proven are nil too none on a very large range of issues facing American citizens today that will continue into the foreseeable future.

    IF YOU (candidate nominee for president); or any other Politian along with legal business license holders, employers here in the U. S. do cater and/or will hire illegal (aliens); immigrants, including ones with expired visas still here illegally. These people in the U. S. here now would not have a legally justified or fair reason to be here in the United States in the first place.

    November 14, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Patrick, Denver Colorado

    Once again John McCain is right about an issue. Doing nothing is defacto-amnesty. We CAN'T deport everyone, so we have to do something about it. What do we do? Secure the border than deal with the people we have here right now. You fine them, deport the ones who have committed crimes, make them learn english and pass a citizenship test after all legal immigrants are dealt with. You can't start this process until the border is sealed as it will cause a massive influx of people coming into the country if they know they have a chance at citizenship. Seal the border than fix the problem. I applaud McCain, Bush, and all other dems and republicans who had the courage to tell the truth and try to fix the problem.

    November 14, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. EB Rideout, Georgia

    Better splash some cold water on that sourpuss, Fred – there's a campaign going on, in case you were asleep for the last six months.

    November 14, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |

    "Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson launched a new television ad..." You can see it tomorrow night right after the Democratic Debates, on CSI El Paso!

    November 14, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  8. Hillary Clintoon, Stalin City, MA

    I just love Mexicans!
    Bill and I have several we imported to look after our pool and yard. What wonderful people, and they can't sue when you don't pay them.....

    November 14, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. steve birmingham alabama

    To Jeanie in Sacramento:
    Fred Thompson "oppsed to homosexuality"? Hello!!! He worked in Hollywood–art directors, costumers, stylists, directors & co-stars–gay, gay& gay. On that subject, the first Iraq war vet to sustain serious injury- his leg was blown off- was a gay man. He defended YOUR freedoms but now you deny HIM (NOT an illegal immigrant by the way) the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".

    November 14, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  10. Steve R. Birmingham, AL

    Small point: consevative republicans have controlled Congress for twelve years straight. Suddenly, they want to fix the problem. Do you keep an employee who fails to do their job for 12 years but who promises to "start tomorrow" if you promote them to President of the company? (the question is rhetorical).

    November 14, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  11. Chris from Arizona

    Why should Hollywood come into politics? Hey Paula, ask the Clintons, Obama and the rest where they raise millions of dollars from: Hollywood. Oh gee, but I guess since its money being given to liberals, its OK? Typical liberal hypocrisy.

    November 15, 2007 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  12. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    "Security alone is worth the investment."

    The 911 terrorists were in America legally, taking flying lessons (saying that they weren't interested in learning to land)

    Fred is speaking in broad generalities ... no specifics... as a former Senator, he's part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    November 15, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  13. SovereignMan

    Why all the wasted time talking about these CFR/Multi-National Corporation beholden candidates like Thompson, Huckabee and Guiliani? They are not going to do anything meaningful to deal with the illegal immigration crisis.

    If you want illegal immigration and all the resulting issues, including domestic terrorism, dealt with support and vote for Rep Tom Tancredo.

    Otherwise just stop whining and learn to speak some spanish and how to get by on lower wages.

    We are not voting for a Prom-King here folks, we are voting for a President. Lets vote for one that has an America First view of the world and a Citizen First view of the nation.


    November 15, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. Claudette, Tyler TX

    Every candidate out there is trying to sell Americans PB&J with a Filet Mignon disguise.

    The FIRST candidate that stops saying "I,I,I" and starts talking about "We" as a whole might get people to listen.

    Giving the illegals fines of $10,000 for five years is the most assinine proposal I have heard yet. Get them out! The money that Americans would save on government funded programs to help these illegals "fit in" and keep them healthy....there's your billions right there!

    November 15, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Kate, Aurora CO

    Terry in El Paso:

    You are right. There is no way to physically deport these people but that does not mean we should just grant blanket amnesty and call it a day. The way to deport these people is to STOP providing incentives to coming here. STOP the automatic citizenship of children born to illegal immigrants, afterall it is the LEGAL citizens who are paying the hospital bills. STOP providing free education to the children of illegals, afterall it is the LEGAL citizens picking up the tab for this perk. STOP not allowing local law enforcement to enforce our immigration laws, afterall it is the LEGAL citizens that have to deal with uninsured, unlicensed drivers hitting our cars and running off into the sunset. STOP local businesses such as home improvement stores and gas stations from permitting illegals to solicit and gather in crowds to get employement. CLOSE all employement offices that assist illegal immigrants in gaining employment. STOP employers from hiring illegal immigrants and start imposing heavy fines on those who persist. Now before the racist rhetoric is played out, both of my parents are LEGAL immigrants who did it the expensive, long and legal way. Why should people who enter illegally and then take from a system they do not contribute to be given a pass? If we stop providing incentives then they will not have a reason to come here.

    November 15, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    If you had to climb a fence, crawl on the ground or hide in the back of a truck in order to get into this country please go back the way you came. It would seem that a growing number of Americans do not want you here. It's difficult to understand why people would go where they're not wanted.

    November 15, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Bettybb

    This immigration problem was created by Bush and the Neo Cons alone. They opened the border.

    Fred is right on. Seal the border, and enforce our laws. The cost? Well Bush says he can seal our border but won't authorize 3 billion to do it. Hmm.

    To enforce our laws? What is it a couple of million to have a proper verification system for employers? Cutting people benefits? Easy and it saves billions not having the illegal parasites living off the USA.

    Don't forget. Mexico and La Raza/MECha have made it clear they will flood the USA with illegals and take over. ("America will bow down to us"). If two years from now you still want America to exist, listen to Fred.

    November 15, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. Brad, Novato, CA

    Illegal immigrants are here illegally. Fred Thompson says he wants to take matters into his hands by securing the border, enforcing the law and not granting amnesty. Alright now......Illegal aliens should not be granted amnesty or given any preferential treatment for their illegal entry and to suggest Americans don't know any better insults every single American citizen. Our sovereign laws are ignored; that's the crux of the matter. We have only one Sheriff in the United States who is ready to stand up for our laws and enforce them, acknowledges that's his job – and that illegal is illegal. Frosting the matter with a thick cover of frosting doesn't change that ignoring the rule of law demeans us all and demeans the rule of law. The border is flapping open – not closed, not controlled – ignored! This ridiculous discussion still ignores the flapping open border...millions continue to come in illegally. He wants to control the border. A good idea! Because, politicans talk, banter about laws, banter about funding and what happens? A big fat nothing! Results matter. What results do we have – 15 miles of border fencing....What a joke! We have no laws when we have no enforcement. We have a lawless country, endorsed and supported by politicians who have other ideas, other goals. If Fred Thompson wants to secure the border and enforce the laws – who can dare criticize him? How dare you all!

    November 16, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  19. Scott, Morristown,Tn

    In America we have become so complacent that unless it helps us as an individual we are not interested in helping anyone. Fred has just said something that everyone has known for years but no one is listening, well listen to this PLEASE. Before 1996 illegals came to America and worked got paid and then went home. In 1996 Bill Clinton said that we needed to give illegals Federal I.D. Cards so we could track them,and this would help solve the problem. He sold this to the American Public to do his part in fixing the problem, but like everything else Clinton did it came with a cost. By given the illegals a Federal I.D. Card this abled them to get Goverment assistence Food Stamps, Medi-Care, and allowed their childern to inroll into public schools. This put the burden on the local towns who were seeing more sales tax dollars then they had seen in years. So we educate the kids for free, they go to Hospitals and pay nothing, food stamps pay for their food, and Goverment Housing pays for them a place to stay. From 1996 to 2001 the Federal Goverment spent less money to local towns then ever because of the extra sales tax dollars the illegals paid. How did Clinton balance the budget? Now the BILLS are coming due for the Federal Goverment. We have to put the money back into the Food Stamp Program, the Medi-Care is going broke and our school systems are going broke too. We are not even counting how many Hospitals have gone broke because of this. George Bush got blamed for this and it was law before his was even elected. Now someone is running for President with enough Back Bone to stand up to Congress and get the fence built, inforce the laws written, and fix this problem. It has been said it would cost $60 Billion Dollars to send them home, well how much do your Hospitals loose per month? how much is your Health Insurance? Property Tax going up for School systems, and how long can you keep your head in the sand and not realize this? Fred Thompson has a plan and can help put America back together again. Listen to his Plans not just the words he is sincere in what he says it is not just political B.S.

    November 25, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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