AMES, Iowa, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewsire/ -- Speaking at the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich urged President Bush to call a special session of Congress to pass emergency legislation requiring anyone arrested for a felony to be checked for legal status.
Gingrich cited the illegal immigrant in Newark , NJ who shot four college students execution style, killing three. The illegal immigrant had been arrested twice, including being indicted for raping a young girl and threatening to kill her family. Twice he was released back on the streets.
"Four young people, working hard, studying, doing the right things - three of them were killed, all four were shot in an execution style by somebody who should not have been in America in the first place," Gingrich said in his remarks to a supportive crowd.
Under a new immigration bill, Gingrich wants the Department of Homeland Security to outsource the creation of a secure, accurate system to quickly check legal status of people who commit serious crimes. He wants the bill to require that anyone arrested for a felony be checked for legal status. Lastly, he stipulates that any city, county or state that refuses to do so would lose all federal funding.
"Imagine that those four college students had been your children. Imagine they'd been your nieces or nephews," Gingrich said in the speech. "We cannot expect Mayor Booker to defend Newark if the government of the United States does not defend America and we need to win the war at home fully as much as we need to win the war overseas."
Gingrich made his remarks at the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll where his new political organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future, is conducting educational workshops.
SOURCE Gingrich Communications