Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the Democratic Party has swung too far to the left on immigration and claimed it will cost Democrats at the polls.
Gingrich said the American people want heavier controls on illegal immigration and want to see their borders enforced to reduce crime. (RELATED: Newt Gingrich Gets Real With Illegal Immigrants: Must Be A US Citizen To Vote)
“Look, if the only issue narrowly drawn is the wall, I don’t know that it’s a winner,” Gingrich said. “But if the issue is: Does the United States have the right to control immigration? Do we have the right to block murderers, thugs? Ms-13 is a gang dedicated to torture, rape, and murder. This is not hyperbole, this is a fact.”
Gingrich also said sanctuary cities have emboldened illegal immigrants and increased the crime rate nationwide.
“Sanctuary cities increase the danger of crime. Eighty-four percent of the country, 84 percent agree that sanctuary cities increase the cost of crime,” he added.
“So, if the president gets in a fight, where the issue is not just the wall but the issue is a Democratic Party committed to open borders and wide open migration with no controls — versus a Republican Party trying to protect you from criminals, I think that’s a dead loser for the Democrats in October,” Gingrich concluded.
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