More On Giuliani's Baggage.....

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Mon May 14 22:50:37 MDT 2007

>Giuliani Opposed Welfare Reform in Order to Protect Illegals
>by Amanda B. 
>B.+Carpenter>More by this author)
>Posted: 05/14/2007
>Rudy Giuliani's record as a pro-choice, pro-gay-marriage New York 
>City mayor is well known, but his willingness to shelter illegal 
>aliens from federal immigration laws in the Big Apple should also 
>give conservatives pause.
>Under his control, the New York City Corp. lost a lawsuit against 
>the federal government over Republican-crafted welfare reform 
>legislation that required state and local authorities to report 
>illegal aliens to the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
>The law stipulated that only citizens and certain legal immigrants 
>were to receive food stamps and imposed financial penalties on 
>states that did not verify the legal status of those applying for the stamps.
>Giuliani said the final welfare reform bill, signed by President 
>Clinton in 1996, was "anti-immigrant" and, "although I do think the 
>bill does some good, in the end I believe it does more harm than good."
>"I believe the anti-immigration movement in America is one of our 
>most serious public problems," he said in a speech the day before 
>his lawsuit was filed.  "The anti-immigration movement can be seen 
>in legislation passed by Congress and the President."
>At the heart of the issue was an executive order by former New York 
>City Mayor Ed Koch (D.) that had been reissued by successive Mayors 
>David Dinkins (D.) and Giuliani. Executive Order 124 forbade city 
>employees from telling federal authorities the immigration status of 
>illegal aliens who sought social services.
>On these grounds, Giuliani maintained that the welfare reform law 
>violated the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.
>In a speech he delivered Sept. 11, 1996, exactly five years before 
>the massive terrorist attacks, Giuliani explained the dilemma. He 
>said the welfare reform legislation contained "a provision that 
>attempts to reverse an executive order that New York City has had in 
>existence since 1988, which basically says that New York City will 
>create a zone of protection for illegal and undocumented immigrants 
>who are seeking the protection of the police or seeking medical 
>services because they are sick or attempting to put their children 
>in public schools so they can be educated."
>His reasoning was that by allowing illegal aliens to access social 
>services, it would help make New York City cleaner and safer.
>"Illegal and undocumented immigrants should be able to seek medical 
>help without the threat of being reported, possibly deported," 
>Giuliani said in his Oct. 13, 1996, Mayor's Address.
>On July 19, 1997, U.S. District Judge John Koelt, in his ruling 
>against the New York City Corp., said that Giuliani's policy would 
>"create chaos." In the opinion, Koelt said that the law did "not 
>require the city to legislate, regulate, enforce or otherwise 
>implement federal immigration policy. . . .  Instead, they 
>[Congress] direct only that city officials and agencies be allowed, 
>if they choose, to share information with federal authorities."
>After being defeated by the court, Giuliani sought to uphold his 
>city's protections for illegal aliens in another way.  Heather 
>MacDonald, a scholar at the Manhattan Institute, in a piece for the 
>City Journal in 2004 about illegal aliens and crime wrote, "On Sept. 
>5, 2001, his handpicked charter-revision committee ruled that New 
>York could still require that its employees keep immigration 
>information confidential to preserve trust between immigrants and 
>government. Six days later, several visa overstayers participated in 
>the most devastating attack on the city and the country in history."
>Giuliani left the mayor's office in 2001 and was replaced by Michael 
>Bloomberg. Bloomberg supported his predecessors' commitment to 
>illegal aliens and signed Executive Order 41, which classified 
>immigration status as "confidential information." E.O. 41 also said 
>that "no city officer or employee shall disclose unless [the 
>suspect] is engaging in illegal activity or is involved in potential 
>terrorist activity."
>After signing E.O. 41, Bloomberg said, "People who are undocumented 
>do not have to worry about city government going to the federal government."
>Because of these pro-illegal-alien executive orders, New York was 
>one of 31 U.S. cities and counties deemed a "sanctuary city" in an 
>August 2006 Congressional Research Service Report. (See page 3.) The 
>report described sanctuary cities as places that have "utilized 
>various mechanisms to ensure that unauthorized aliens who may be 
>present in their jurisdiction illegally are not turned in to federal 
>Radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham last week asked Giuliani about 
>the immigration policies he supported in New York City. She asked, 
>"Are you still standing behind your sanctuary city policy?"
>Giuliani told her, "I never supported a sanctuary policy."
>He said he was willing to turn over undocumented criminals to 
>federal immigration authorities, but would not turn over illegal 
>aliens who had not committed a crime.
>"I agree with my predecessors, they should be allowed to go to 
>school. And, if they were victims of a crime, if an illegal 
>immigrant was a victim of a crime, I would allow my police to 
>interview them and get the information about the crime and not turn 
>them in under that limited circumstance because if I didn't do that 
>I'd have a lot of criminals running around hurting people."
>Miss Carpenter is congressional correspondent & assistant editor for 
>HUMAN EVENTS. She is the author of 
>Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy's Dossier on Hillary Rodham Clinton," 
>published by Regnery (a HUMAN EVENTS sister company).

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