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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Fred Thompson on the Issues - Pt 4



Read Fred Thompson's Full Immigration Plan (Note from Cyber Pastor - I have already had a post on this topic or I would have copied the entire plan. Click the link to see it if you haven't already.)

The United States is a nation of immigrants. Throughout our history, legal immigrants have brought energy, ideas, strength, and diversity to our country, our economy, and our culture. This must continue. But in the post-9/11 world, immigration is more of a national security issue. A government that cannot secure its borders and determine who may enter and who may not, abrogates a fundamental responsibility. I am committed to:

  • Securing our borders and enforcing immigration laws. Amnesty is not an option and the toleration of “sanctuary cities” must end.
  • Reviewing our immigration laws and policies to ensure they advance our national interests.
  • Uniting Americans by welcoming legal immigrants willing to learn English, assimilate into our communities, and become productive citizens.


A well-educated citizenry is vital to our security, our economy, and our democracy. Despite the tens of billions of dollars spent on education by Washington each year, and the hundreds of federal education programs now in place, our children are still falling behind, particularly in subjects crucial to the global economy in which we live. At a time when America is behind other developed countries in education excellence, the federal role in education is too intrusive and too bureaucratic, and has become part of the problem. State and local governments are closest to the parents, the kids, and the schools, and best situated to implement changes and innovations that best educate children. I am committed to:

  • Giving parents more choices in education and schools less bureaucracy.
  • Reviewing federal programs for cost-effectiveness, reducing federal mandates, returning education money to the states, and empowering parents by promoting voucher programs, charter schools, and other innovations that enhance education excellence through competition and choice.
  • Encouraging students and teachers to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math—fields that are crucial to our security, competitiveness, and prosperity.
  • Promoting transparency to assess performance, promote accountability, and share innovations in education at all levels.