Keepin’ It Real

May 15, 2007

John Edwards Immigration Reform: Illegal Aliens Should Pay a Fine to Become Citizens

Filed under: John Edwards,Politics — mary @ 3:42 pm

A story on the Radio Iowa website reports that democratic presidential candidate John Edwards today outlined some of his immigration policy to Iowa voters. The headline of the article reads: “Edwards: immigrants need to learn the language of commerce.” (English) The most important and disturbing thing Edwards said about immigration, however, is buried in the body of the article:

During a campaign event today in Des Moines, a man who described himself as “an advocate for immigrants” asked Edwards for his thoughts on the issue. “You’re going to like some of what I have to say and you’re not going to like some it, but I’m going to tell you what I believe,” Edwards told the crowd.

Edwards has answered Iowans’ questions about immigration policy in many forums here. “I do think that somebody who came here illegally…should pay a fine. I don’t think we should pretend it didn’t happen and the second thing is — more controversial — I think they should learn to speak English,” Edwards said, to applause from the crowd of more than 200. “But I am strongly in favor of comprehensive reform.”

According to Edwards, what is happening along the southern border is “unacceptable” and security needs to be beefed up with more border agents and better technology to track people trying to enter the country illegally. “We should crack down on employers who are knowingly violating the law and exploiting workers,” Edwards said, to applause.

Edwards contends those who are currently in the country illegally should have some way to “earn” citizenship by paying a fine. “I don’t think we should have 11 (or) 12 million people — whatever the best estimate is — living in this country and living in the shadows,” Edwards said. “I don’t think that’s right. I don’t think that’s who we are.”

Wow. Pay a fine for coming here illegally and you can become a citizen? Talk about comprehensive immigration policy change. And in what way will this stem the flood of illegal aliens Mr. Edwards? And, since you advocate so heartily for the poor, would the fine be low enough so as not to hinder the illegal aliens who work for wages? Better yet, why not make it an entitlement that the US government pay the fine for these folks so as not to discriminate against those who are poor?

The pandering for votes to the detriment of our country is apalling Mr. Edwards. Of course, this isn’t the first time you have done so in this so-far short election season. What more can you think up in the next 18 months??



  1. I dunno, your blog is all politically important, but I was wondering if you’d help me get mine off the ground by having a look. Thanks.

    Comment by sleeplessinfnej — May 15, 2007 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

  2. John Edwards is a complete hypocrite,I do not believe a word of what he says. He seems so insincere and incompetent.

    Comment by khurramm — May 15, 2007 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  3. John “do as I say, not as I do” Edwards. Thanks for commenting!

    Comment by keepitreal — May 15, 2007 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

  4. Great article. I enjoyed reading it.

    I think we need to know what our candidates stand for on the issues as well so I created a site to track presidential candidates and the first article is always the current scorecard of their political stances. Check it out.

    Comment by Sean O — June 16, 2007 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  5. immigration is fine i do not think we should fine them for staying here…i believe if they come here illegally they should be deported and we should have tighter security on finding illegal immigrants i do not like john edwards ideas on anything and i think that everything he has to say about global warming, the war on iraq, health care, and jobs and poverty is stupid… i have better ideas and im not even running for president

    Comment by Geena — September 30, 2007 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

  6. Geena,

    John Edwards, in my opinion, has proven that one does not have to be bright to run for President. Hopefully, the American people still believe that the President should be smarter than this man. I think a John Edwards’ presidency would be a disaster for this country.

    Comment by keepitreal — October 2, 2007 @ 10:23 am | Reply

  7. So you talk a lot of shit, but if you disagree with him so much, and believe so strongly that he is unable to serve us as president, do tell who you think CAN do this? Or are you too afraid to hear what we have to say about them?

    Comment by Diego — December 26, 2007 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

  8. I believe that a person who is strong on border enforcement and strong on national defense would do a fine job as President. Personally, I like Duncan Hunter and Fred Thompson.

    John Edwards is a rich ambulance chaser who plays the populist on the campaign trail. His “soak the rich, except for me” populism is not what America needs. Nationalized health care would be a disaster for this country. Witness the British and Canadian health care systems. People wait for treatment. You, like Mr. Edwards, may like such treatment for anyone but yourself, but I am not willing to accept that for any of my fellow Americans.

    As for Mr. Edwards immigration stance, one who breaks the law should not be rewarded for it. Illegal immigration suppresses US wages and contributes to lawlessness.

    I express my opinion here. This is my blog. I’m not afraid to hear anything from you or your ilk Diego. Fire away, but please refrain from the curse words. I’m happy to debate you, but I will not trade profanities with you. If you comment again, and your comments contain curse words, you will be edited.

    Comment by keepitreal — December 27, 2007 @ 12:48 am | Reply

  9. mm. 10x )

    Comment by Zectthame — April 22, 2009 @ 7:17 am | Reply

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