“I was U.S. attorney in the Southern district of New York,” he said. “So believe me, I know this. In fact, when you throw an immigrant out of the country, it's not a criminal proceeding. It's a civil proceeding.”
Illegal immigration shouldn't be a crime, either, Giuliani said: “No, it shouldn't be because the government wouldn't be able to prosecute it. We couldn't prosecute 12 million people. We have only 2 million people in jail right now for all the crimes that are committed in the country, 2.5 million.
As much as Guiliani scares me in a lot of ways, and though he still wants to “close the border”, he at least recognizes that the criminalization and vilification of immigrants is not helpful. It was good to have him call out Romney on this: whenever some one starts with “Congressman Tancredo had it exactly right” then you know he’s off the deep end.