Pete Wilson on Immigration
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I've been doing mostly web stuff at these conventions, but we're also aiming to be as elegant as possible by reusing good content. I submitted part of Gloria's chat with Pete Wilson yesterday as a short news item for the radio this morning; the audio is above and the transcript below. & Hoping to do more of this this week.
Pete Wilson, the former Governor of California and Mayor of San Diego, was at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul on Monday.
In a one-on-one interview with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner, Wilson described America as benefiting greatly from legal immigrants -- including three out of four of his grandparents -- and said he and John McCain's views are now "pretty much in harmony" when it comes to border security.
"If you're going to try and get people who want to line up in front of the U.S. Embassy in Guadalajara or Mexico City and go through all of the hoops -- all of the rigorous requirements to become a naturalized U.S. citizen -- you are undermining that process and putting them at a terrible disadvantage if you allow illegal immigrants to jump the line."
Wilson said if elected to office McCain has pledged not to drag his feet in taking measures to secure the border, which they agree is an essential aspect of immigration reform.