Speaking to a crowd at Duke University on Tuesday night, Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice had the audacity to sound reasonable on immigration, breaking ranks with the platform of her Republican colleagues.
“That immigrant culture that has renewed us … has been at the core of our strength,” she said, according to the The Raleigh News & Observer. “I don’t know when immigrants became the enemy.”
This is not the first time Rice has voiced frustration at the lack of comprehensive immigration reform in this country. In 2009 she called the lack of action during the two terms of the Bush presidency one of her “biggest regrets” and on Tuesday she reinforced that message.
Rice’s name often comes up as a potential vice-presidential pick by Mitt Romney, but on immigration the two share nothing in common. She has spoken out about Alabama’s immigration enforcement law in the context of a need to bring undocumented persons out of the “shadows” and supports a uniform federal approach to immigration enforcement.
“America has always been able to attract the most ambitious people who are determined to have a better life,” Rice said during an appearance at Stanford University, where she currently teaches. “If we ever lose that and start to believe that somehow that it is instead a threat to us to have those people come here, we are going to lose one of the strongest elements of not just our national wealth, but of our national soul.”
Yeah, with a reasonableness like that there is no way Rice would actually make the cut for a Romney camp that has hired the brains behind the Arizona and Alabama bills as a key policy consultant.
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