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What’s a Gaffe?

It’s when a politician inadvertently speaks the truth, as Gov. Schwarzenegger did Tuesday in saying the United States should “close the borders” with Mexico. Of course, everyone understood he meant “secure” the border, but he nonetheless started groveling almost immediately afterward — though he’s got a handy excuse for anything inflammatory that he says: “I think maybe my English, I still have to go back to school and study a little bit.”

Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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