When Gingrich lobbed the amnesty bomb in last week’s debate, he offered very specific criteria for selecting which illegal aliens he would legalize:
. . . you’ve been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you’ve been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church . . .
The narrowness of Gingrich’s example was obviously just for rhetorical effect; in reality, he wants to amnesty many, many more people than he seemed to suggest in the debate. As I noted the other day:
the tough criteria Gingrich is using to market his amnesty will be watered down to cover a big share of the 11 million illegal aliens, and everyone, including Gingrich, knows this.
This may or may not be a good thing, but it’s a more honest look at what would actually happen under Gingrich’s preferred approach, rather than the deceptively narrow way he has characterized it.