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Friday, October 26, 2007

Fred Thompson unveils tough immigration agenda

Chad Groening
October 26, 2007

An immigration reform organization is praising Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson for the strong immigration agenda he recently unveiled.

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) believes that the former Tennessee senator has presented the strongest plan yet among the top-tier candidates to deal with the illegal alien problem. Jessica Vaughan, a senior policy analyst for CIS, says Thompson has proposed a number of measures that are critical to getting control of the immigration problem. Among those as "cracking down on sanctuary cities, colleges that offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, forcing employers to electronically verify their workers, and finishing the fence," explains Vaughan.

Vaughan says Thompson is the first frontrunner to address the problem of chain-migration. "I've seen cases where one single immigrant eventually ends up bringing over something like 150 family members, because our system allows it. So he's recognized that we need to actually cut categories to get control of it," she says.

The CIS senior policy analyst says former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has supported some of the same ideas as Thompson, and she believes both men are better on the immigration issue than frontrunner Rudy Giuliani.