Newt Gingrich Goes Out On A Limb Over Immigration (VIDEO)

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Tuesday said the United States should not break up families of immigrants who entered the United States illegally and he was willing to “take the heat” from Republicans for deviating from his party’s orthodoxy.

“I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century,” Gingrich said at the CNN debate on foreign policy in Washington, near the White House.

“And I’m prepared to take the heat for saying, let’s be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families,” Gingrich said.

The former House speaker said recent immigrants should be sent home if they are found out, but “if you’ve been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you’ve been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don’t think we’re going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out.”

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