Rudy Giuliani is on the defensive over immigration, which has become this campaign’s hot-button distraction. In response to criticism from his opponents that, as mayor of New York, Giuiani had the audacity not to arrest hospitalized immigrants, the candidate has promised to end illegal immigration within three years. At the center of his strategy is a virtual fence he’d like to build along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The former New York mayor said that while a physical fence is needed in some places, most of the border should be policed with high-tech monitoring. He toured the border Monday along the southernmost tip of Texas with state and local officials.
“And frankly, the virtual fence is more valuable because it alerts you to people approaching the border, it alerts you to people coming over the border,” Giuliani said, the Rio Grande in the background.
Giuliani said his approach could end illegal immigration within three years.