At 1+38 into the CNN/Heritage Foundation Presidential Candidate National Security Debate we got to something that I thought was interesting and doable and reasonable. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich said we need to secure the border and then convene local boards to review local resident illegal immigrants and those with family and ties to the local community and those who have made themselves Americans should be given a legal status. Not Citizenship. But, a legal status to remain here for the rest of their lives.
Governor Rick Perry agreed with him. Others did not.
The thing I would tie to this is that for immigrants to whom we grant citizenship, we should require that they renounce their former allegiance and we should make it an automatic renunciation of ones US Citizenship to take up citizenship in another country. But, that is just me.
Regarding Iran, I think we not act to take down their capabilities, but give them a strong signal of deterrence. If we attack Iran, and that is what it would take, we are making war on Iran and many would die. On the hand, with deterrence we have the chance of never going to war.
Regards — Cliff