That didn’t take long

Newt Gingrich no sooner comes within sniffing range of frontrunner status than he promptly commits campaign seppuku:

The Republican presidential hopefuls are debating how to deal with the nation’s illegal immigrants, differing on how to deal with millions of people already in the United States. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that he wouldn’t “expel” those who have come illegally but have made lives in the U.S. He says that the GOP cannot call itself a party for family when it separates parents from their children born in the U.S.

This is a remarkably stupid stand in light of Rick Perry’s immigration self-implosion. The fact that foreigners have made criminal lives in the USA does not mean that they belong here, and in almost any other country in the world, the fact that a child was born in the USA wouldn’t make any difference whatsoever regarding his legal right to continue residing there.

Gingrich can hardly claim that it is unthinkable to tell foreigners, legal or otherwise, to repatriate in light of what the Mexican Constitution has to say on the issue:

Article 32

“Mexicans shall have priority over foreigners under equality of circumstances for all classes of concessions and for all employment, positions, or commissions of the Government in which the status of citizenship is not indispensable.” Foreigners, immigrants, and even naturalized citizens of Mexico may not serve as military officers, Mexican-flagged ship and airline crew, or chiefs of seaports and airports.

Article 33

“The Federal Executive shall have the exclusive power to compel any foreigner whose remaining he may deem inexpedient to abandon the national territory immediately and without the necessity of previous legal action.” It also states: “Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.”

The GOP should be a party for family and it shouldn’t separate parents from their children born in the U.S. The children should also return to their parental homelands, in which they hold citizenships. Birthright citizenship is a foolish, short-sighted and uniquely American policy; Canada and the United States are the only countries that grant automatic citizenship to children born to illegal aliens.

No one with half a brain should support the corrupt little troll in any circumstances, so it is fortunate that Gingrich has decided to sabotage himself so swiftly.