Giuliani defends his record on illegal immigrants
Associated Press Writer
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) ” GOP presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani defended his record on undocumented immigrants Friday, saying no candidate has a better record in dealing with the issue after primary opponent Mitt Romney accused him of supporting illegal immigration when he was New York’s mayor.
“My response is you have to look at the results. New York City had the least amount of illegality per capita of any major city in the country and I brought that change about,” Giuliani said during a visit to a Colorado Springs restaurant.
“When we came into office, New York City was the crime capital of America. When I left office, it was the safest large city in America in just about every single category, which means it had the least amount of illegality of any kind, whether you’re talking about illegal immigrants or illegal Americans,” Giuliani said.
“Look, there’s nobody running that’s done more about safety and security than I have. Nobody has the record on that that I have. That included dealing with illegal immigration, and I did it in a way that brought more safety, more security, than just about any other place in the country,” he added.
Giuliani also answered questions from supporters and customers about his stance on illegal immigrants. He drew a map of the Mexican border on a piece of paper and said fighting illegal immigration will require a combination of physical barriers and technology to fill in the gaps.
Giuliani said immigrants should be given tamperproof identification cards.
“Everyone from a foreign country should be identified,” Giuliani told Krystal Holthus, a Colorado Springs resident concerned about the issue.
This week, Romney singled out Giuliani, saying Giuliani did not do enough to stop illegal immigration. On Friday, Romney told a crowd in Iowa that “there are some cities that go out and say ‘We are sanctuary cities, we won’t enforce immigration laws.”‘
New York has never officially declared itself a “sanctuary city.”
Giuliani on Friday also talked baseball, signed flyers and shirts and aired his views on the environment, saying the country needs to do a better job controlling pollution but that it can’t be eliminated.
“We have to have energy, we have to have food,” he said.
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