Gingrich Supports S.C. Immigration Law

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Seeking to preserve his GOP frontrunner status amid
charges from some Republicans that he’s too soft on immigration, Newt Gingrich
expressed support on Monday for South Carolina’s controversial law aiming to
stop illegal immigration in the Palmetto State.

The South Carolina law, which has prompted a Justice Department lawsuit
joined by 16 nations, would require law officers who make traffic stops to
call federal immigration officials if they suspect someone is in the country
illegally. Opponents say the measure would encourage racial profiling.

“South Carolinians have actually passed a law that I think is a pretty
reasonable law, that basically says if you pull somebody over for legitimate
reasons, you can ask them whether or not they’re a citizen,” Gingrich said in a
town hall at the College of Charleston. “This is the opposite of sanctuary
states. Think of it as enforcement society rather than a sanctuary society.”

At last week’s Republican presidential debate, Gingrich drew fire when he
voiced support for allowing long-term illegal immigrants to stay in the country,
a proposal that presidential rivals Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann were
quick to characterize as amnesty. He has said in response that he considers it
the only “humane” option and that the charge he backs amnesty is “totally

The former House speaker also laid out his immigration plan, which includes
completing a border fence with Mexico by January 2014, making English the
official language of government and emphasizing an understanding of U.S. history
as a requirement of citizenship. He also said he would seek to loosen
deportation requirements, particularly in cases involving gang members and

But in typical Gingrich fashion, he proposed a quirky innovation – having
credit card companies such as American Express and Visa handle immigration visa
applications. Calling the idea “quite serious,” he said it would reduce

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