Path to Citizenship?
Lars Larson interview with Sarah Palin December 3, 2009
Note: Lars Larson is a talk show host on KXL - AM 750 -- Portland, Oregon
Lars Larson: The amnesty proposal that was defeated in the Congress -- in your view, was that amnesty for illegals and would you back amnesty or a path to citizenship, as the current president calls it?
Sarah Palin: No, I'm not for amnesty. And, uh, Let's ratchet this down quite simply to remember what we're referring to. Illegal aliens are called "illegal" for a reason. No, I think we need to secure our borders and I am not for amnesty. And you know, there are humane ways to deal with the 11-13 million illegal aliens that are in our country right now, but if they're not going to follow the rules, they need to get out.
Lars: So you would be in favor, not of a path to create legalization process, but tell them, if you're not here legally, leave and, in the meantime put up a barrier to keep new illegals out?
Palin: Uh, I would absolutely prefer the latter that you're suggesting right there. To secure the border and to not allow this generous amnesty that the Democrats are proposing. No, that's not how we're going to create or form an economy that's not how we are going to create a fairness and equality to allow people to be here illegally.
Link to Lars Larson interview with Sarah Palin December 3, 2009 (Requires membership)
American Patrol Report Analysis
Sarah leaves the door open for a path to citizenship
Since Illegal aliens haven't followed the rules as it is, when Sarah Palin said, "but if they're not going to follow the rules, they need to get out," she must mean new rules. When she said, "I would absolutely prefer the latter," she was agreeing with Lars about putting up barriers, but not necessarily when he said, "if you're not here illegally, leave."
Palin has cleverly left room for proposing a path to citizenship for all illegal aliens presently in the U.S. Some call that amnesty.