Gingrich border plan pandering not fit for a leader of a “serious country”

Gingrich border plan pandering not fit for a leader of a “serious country”

Militarizing the border might be good for big business, but it’s not a “serious” solution to country’s immigration issues

 Des Moines, Iowa –GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s proposal today to militarize the U.S./Mexico border by building an apartheid wall without any public oversight might be good for big business, but it won’t solve the root cause of undocumented immigration:  unfair trade policies that benefit the corporate 1 percent at the expense of everyday 99 percenters. 

“Gingrich is taking a page from Mitt Romney’s playbook and flip-flopping on immigration to appease the far-right and the 1 percent,” said CCI Action Fund Board member Larry Ginter, a family farmer from Rhodes, Iowa.  “Militarizing the border and slashing public oversight might be good for defense contractors, private prisons, and the corporate 1 percent, but it won’t do anything to solve our immigration issues.”

“Immigrants are part of the 99 percent,” Ginter continued.  “We need comprehensive immigration reform with a clear pathway to citizenship for the everyday people and hardworking families that keep our economy and our small towns alive.  And we need to reform the free trade agreements that are the root cause of undocumented immigration from the South.”

Contact: Ruth Schultz, Latino Organizing Project, Iowa CCI Action Fund 515.282.0484, ruth@iowacci.org

The Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund is a 501c4 non-profit organization dedicated to building social, economic, and environmental justice through community organizing, education, and advocacy.

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