Tuesday, August 14, 2007

More on Giuliani's immigration advisers:
Serving as the Mayor’s Chief Homeland Security Advisor is Robert Bonner, former Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency and former Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency. Stewart Verdery, Jr., the former Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning at the Department of Homeland Security, will serve as Senior Immigration Advisor. Other members of the advisory board include Victor Cerda, Michael Petrucelli, Nicolle Sciara Rippeon, Ray Shepherd, and Jan Ting.
The Washington Times has a story up about how Giuliani's advisory board has a number of former Homeland Security/Border Protection officials on it and says that these individuals are "pro-enforcement."

But what else do these individuals support? I've done a little bit of research on the web, and here's what I've been able to find out about some of them.

Robert Bonner spoke in favor of a "guest worker" program in 2004 (claiming that this program would increase border security)--though he still held his official position as head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection then, so maybe he believed he had to support the president's position. Though Bonner expressed some skepticism about the "Minutemen" patrolling the border, he later showed some interest in considering having the Border Patrol coordinate with volunteer citizen groups.

In addition to testifying in favor of a "guest worker" program (and otherwise speaking in favor of such a program), Stewart Verdery pretty much supported the Senate's 2006 attempt at "comprehensive immigration reform" (saying that its approach was "correct"). In a 2006 column at the National Review, he urged for passing a reform that allowed for increased visas for foreign workers, increased border security, and legalization of the "undocumented." He claimed that the lack of "reform" was, in fact, "another day of amnesty by default." I don't know where he ultimately stood on the "grand bargain"--but, on June 15, he did write in support of the "grand bargain"'s requirements for the use of Real ID.

In a (somewhat well-known) July 2006 letter, 33 individuals (who are usually associated with the right)--such as Jack Kemp and Bill Kristol--wrote in support of "comprehensive" reform. Verdery and Michael Petrucelli were both signatories of this letter. This letter declared that the US needed a
comprehensive solution, one that includes border security, interior enforcement, a guest worker program and status for the illegal immigrants already here.
Here's an interview with Victor Cerda in which he stresses the importance of increased enforcement--but claims that we need to "look at" a "guest worker" program. He also seems to believe that our immigration system is "broken."

Jan Ting was an opponent of the Senate's 2006 attempt at "comprehensive immigration reform"--calling it an "amnesty" measure--and did not seem to support attempts to legalize the "undocumented." In his 2006 Senate run in Delaware, he was endorsed by Tancredo's Team America PAC and by Mark Krikorian. Certainly, he spoke in favor of "enforcement" in the Washington Times story mentioned above. In May 2007, he testified before the House against a legalization program and a "guest worker" program--but in favor of increased enforcement and moving towards a skill-based immigration system.