Oh boy, here we go again, another GOP candidate who just doesn't get it (video from Patriot Action Network).
The problem here is, you want to give someone some kind of legal status after 25 years is one thing, but putting the government in charge of it and it will be dropped down to 25 months. This is why the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli Act (which Gingrich voted for & Ronald Reagan signed into law) was a failure. It did not secure the border (why Reagan signed it) and the "one time amnesty" has been dragged on for years and created the magnet for more illegal immigration.
Of course, Flip Romney went after Gingrich, but how can anyone trust him? Romney provided a magnet for illegals by covering illegal aliens with RomneyCare, as well as jobs in his garden until he was "running for office for Pete's sake, I can't have illegals working in my yard."
Plus, Romney supported the "pathway to citizenship" amnesty proposed by George W. Bush, John McLame and Lindsey Grahamnesty in a 2005 Boston Globe interview.
While Michele Bachmann has the best record on immigration, she hurts herself by passing out false and misleading numbers and claims, as she did with Rick Perry and the vaccine issue.
Rick Perry, who has problems with the issue of in-state tuition, noted correctly that the first thing that must happen is getting control of our border. Plus, illegals need to be shown that we are serious about enforcing our immigration laws. Suing states who are trying to do the job the Feds refuse to do is unAmerican (Obama/Holder show they're not on the side of Americans) and a slap in the face to those immigrants who followed the rules to become citizens. Show you're serious about enforcing the law, and people will self-deport.
Finally, whomever the president is needs to encourage Mexico to get their economic house in order and create an environment where they make more opportunity for job growth and prosperity in their own country, instead of telling their poor to go to America and bring money back to Mexico.
More realistic ideas on immigration and border security are needed, not recreations of failed ideas.