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. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Fred is not being honest with his supporters. He can disapprove of illegal immigration but what is he going to do about it? Nothing. What is his plan? How long will it take? How much will it cost? He is just pandering to the less thoughtful voters.

    The presence of 20 million illegal aliens in our country was caused by fifty years of ignoring the problem, preferring instead to enjoy the benefits of cheap labor. Thompson was in the Senate when the problem was much more solvable than it is now, and he did nothing.

    Everyone has to get it through their heads that there is no way to deport these people! How would we do it? How long would it take? At sixty per box car it would take 333,000+ box cars to transport them to the border. Why do we imagine that Mexico would accept them? They don't have to, and it would be politically advantageous for the Mexican government to refuse them entry. What would we do about their children, who are American citizens? What about the spouses who are American citizens? How would we handle the protests/riots by their relatives and friends that would occur all over the country? What civil rights would we have to give up so that Immigration officers could kick down any door in which an illegal alien might be living or working?

    These people are not going to disappear. We have to deal with them in some way, whether we like it or not. They are here.

    As far as immigration is concerned, I favor an immediate end to all immigration, legal and illegal. There are enough people living in the US now; we don't need more.

    November 14, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Kate, Aurora CO

    I don't particulary agree with all of Thompson's views but on this issue I agree 100%. Giving amnesty or even driver's licenses is not the answer. We should start going after the employers of illegal immigrants, afterall they wouldn't be coming here if there was no employement. Secondly, we really need to address changing the law that grants automatic citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants. This law was created during times of slavery not for people who sneak into a country.

    November 14, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. slimegreen

    "that highlights his conservative stance on illegal immigration."

    Is CNN saying that enforcing our immigration laws is a conservative's stance??

    November 14, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Daniel, NY

    Fred Thompson is facing bad poll numbers. Two new national primary numbers have him fading and Romney emerging as number second for the first time EVER. Check out these numbers, which could mark a significant shift in the GOP race.

    November 14, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |

    "I'm tired, I think I'll go home now" The awe of a Fred Thompson candidacy is losing steam. However I do agree with Fred about our immigration problem. A few things can fix this problem, enforce the laws already on the books, enforce the laws on employers and on states giving sanctuary,and man the borders with high tech deterrence.

    November 14, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Michael M. Noonan, New Orleans, La.

    Who cares what this useless harrridan has to say about anything She is a proven liar and opportunist.

    November 14, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. MS Johnson City, TN

    Securing the border and enforcing the law (hiring more border guards, building the fence, prosecuting businesses hiring illegal aliens, and deporting the illegal aliens) will cost in excess of 60 billion dollars.

    How much of your own money are you bringing to the table? The only other way out is to raise taxes or borrow from the Chinese and the Arabs. Will they continue to invest in declining dollar?

    Like it or not, the correct answer is securing the border with electronic surveillance (we already have the satellites up there), conditional amnesty, and prosecuting the businesses hiring future illegal aliens. Tell people the truth even if it is unpopular.

    November 14, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Fred looks like Death Warmed Over in that picture.....

    November 14, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. john williams san diego, ca.

    i live in the war/fire zone, 18 miles fron the borderand after the fires 3 weeks ago 17 people were admitted to the burn unit at UCSD Hospital, 4 firemen and 11 illegal aliens,of whwhom 2 have recently died..the cost for the illegals are an average of $45,000 each for a 3 week stay(already that long)and round-the-clock intensive care to minimize tissue rejection at a per each cost of $500,000. the illegals can only be released to a long term care facility, they cannot be deported. San Diego County Hospitals last year lost $619 million in uncompensated care with 10-17% going to illegals, and don't get me started with what they cost our schools. We have three groups sueing our school districts be cause they won't learn English and only want to be taught in spanish..BUILD THE FENCE

    November 14, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. pat huntington ny

    He looks like he taking something else in his depends.

    November 14, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Darrel, Iowa

    We have a congress today and president that will do nothing to solve the law breaking illegal aliens and the large problems that go with the current situation,

    I am an independent and when I vote for my choise it will be a person who will secure our boarders. Jail and fine those who harbor or imploy such illegals. (would include some of our congress persons). We got laws and all need to abide, enforce, and live by them.
    Fred Thompson is one of 2 Canidates so far that is and always been against killing of the unborn.(No Waffleing)

    Huckabee is the other.

    BOTTOM LINE: I think as I get around the country more and more people want this change and are sick and tired of being sick and tired of our current elected officials. They do not represent the PEOPLE anymore. They are just a cartell of self serving indivduals with with big interest in their pockets. Term limits would be one giant steep for mankind/ business as usual is a leap in the wrong direction for America. Would only lead to Bigger Goverment. (socialisim)
    Vote for what your County needs/ Thats leadership. Thank You!!

    November 14, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. paula

    he has no substance,he wont do anything for us,hes an actor,why should Hollywood come into Politics.
    This guy has no motivation,more like goper's ever until the debt is gone

    November 14, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Jeannie, Sacramento, CA

    **** YAWN ****

    Surely, there's something Big Fred has over that NY thug, Giuliani, be it his opposition to abortion and homosexuality, and his support of the NRA. So why can't the stupid GOP nit wits, especially those southern white evangelicals see it?

    November 14, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. jw, canadian,ok

    Re-enforces my point, you take any issue and the Rupubs are on the wrong side.

    November 14, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Steve, Portland, OR

    All the hype about costs are exaggerated when referring to removal of illegals. If we truely enforce the laws already as stated, the persons coming illegally will not have work and will not stay without having financial backing. It a rediculous arguement that we have to physically remove everyone. That is just more ignorance of this issue. Cut off automatic citizenship for illegals children born here. Cut off medical and other social programs that cost millions and no documentation needed, while we all know persons that are citizens and legal residents that can't even qualify for many of these programs. Amnesty was tried 25? years ago and this is the result. NO MORE AMNESTY. It won't fix the problem.

    November 14, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Rob, San Diego CA

    Fred looks like Death Warmed Over in that picture…..
    Posted By Wayne, Greenville TX : November 14, 2007 4:06 pm

    Correction Wayne, Fred always looks like death warmed over. The man is a fossil.

    November 14, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Fred Thompson, Red Pickup USA

    How do I know so much about "Oops I Crapped my Pants"?

    I'm wearing them...and I just did.

    November 14, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Terry, El Paso, TX

    There is no political will in this country to pursue employers of illegal aliens. Those employers are the people who make large campaign contributions. Also, most corporations are willing to break the law and pay the fine as a cost of doing business. When there is a buck to be made, there will be someone there to make it.

    Why do you think the last immigration debate went NO where?

    November 14, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Jack, Fort Myers, FL

    Funny how all the politicians are now talking about enforcing the laws–when for 20+ years they just ignored it. Not only have they ignored it–but they've tailored their message to the growing hispanic audience. Too little, too late.

    November 14, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Crystal, Reno NV

    No illegal immigrant should have a valid drivers license. No illegal immigrant should be granted amnesty. They illegally came to the US sneaking over the border why do we americans have to pay for them? American tax dollars pay for their babies, medical and housing etc. etc. etc. It's insane we americans don't get treated this well and we certainly wouldn't if we went to Mexico.

    November 14, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Darko, New Orleans LA

    If claiming Fred is old and lazy is the best mud you can sling, then he probably does have the platform to win.

    Put away the sugar and the ants will disappear...

    The large amount of money we'll spend to fix immigration will be returned double by relieving the huge burden on our social programs and boosting tax revenue.

    It will boost the economy by keeping our money from being sent south.

    Security alone is worth the investment.

    November 14, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. my911call, North Carolina

    The most fiscal conservative thing to do is to seal the borders, put them on a path to citizenship and each man woman and child pay the government $10,000 over 5 years plus interest.
    Right now there aren't enough younger working people to support all the people that are going to retire in the next 5-15 years. Otherwise our social security system will be wiped out. This situation applies to most of us bloggers.
    Use a problem to fix a problem.

    November 14, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Darko, New Orleans LA

    My911call – put them on a path to citizenship and each man woman and child pay the government $10,000 over 5 years plus interest.

    $10,000 over 5yrs plus interest would do nothing but clean them out and add them to our welfare system. Not very cost effective...

    November 14, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. 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.

    Show US some good reasons for all Politian’s currently committed and truly concerned about the welfare of legal American citizens; why these current Politian’s; that have not enforce laws they have created for our states, cities, towns and villages too enforce immigration laws and also to develop new consequences’ for those legally licensed business employers that continue offering employment to illegal immigrants’ that will accept positions at a lower wage and there rapidly growing numbers???!!!

    The future of facts will ultimately expose all the corruption in American politics of today. RA 11-22-07

    November 14, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Asad, Atlanta GA

    Thompson: How much do I want to end illegal immigration? On a scale of 1 to 10, about a 6.

    November 14, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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