In a heated interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said he was for “half the DREAM Act” and that if young students who were brought here by their parents “want to become citizens they can join the military.”
“In recent days undocumented youth I’ve spoken with have asked why it is that the only way they can serve the country they’ve grown up in is by joining the military. Undocumented youth argue that they are fully capable of serving the country in many other ways,” Colorlines.com immigration reporter Julianne Hing said about Gingrich’s comments.
Hing went on to comment about the rest of the interview:
“Newt Gingrich, unlike most Republicans including Mitt Romney, is actually willing to acknowledge the logistical and political impossibility of trying to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. That’s a big deal these days, especially given the right-wing anti-immigrant rhetoric that’s seeped into the mainstream discourse. But his actual policy ideas are not exactly realistic, or humane either. These local citizen review boards seem especially suspect.
In the latest Univision News/ABC poll, Gingrich would lose against Obama by a 48-point margin.