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2 leading GOP hopefuls coming back for more

Published: Thursday, August 16, 2007

CONCORD – The two leading Republican candidates for president return to the state today in the midst of a heated battle over their records on illegal immigration.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Rudy Giuliani, as mayor of New York City, carried out a “don’t tell’’ policy that sent the wrong message and welcomed illegal aliens.

Cities like his are in part responsible for 12 million undocumented citizens living in the United States, Romney claimed Tuesday.

“The difference is that the mayor had a sanctuary city and welcomed illegals to that city and did not instruct city workers to report them to federal authorities. As governor, I took exactly the opposite course,’’ Romney said Wednesday in a telephone interview with The Telegraph.

Giuliani has not only defended his record but tried to turn the issue into a positive with a new radio advertising campaign touting his support for a border fence, a national ID card and more border patrol agents.

“It frustrates me that if someone comes here illegally, in addition to everything else that’s involved in that, if they commit a crime, we don’t throw them out of the country,’’ Giuliani says in the ad.

Asked about the commercial, Romney said Giuliani’s present views are laudable but don’t equal his rhetoric while serving as mayor of the nation’s largest city.

“It all makes sense but it is completely contrary to what he said while he was mayor,’’ he said.

“It is a complete reversal, and I am happy to compare my record with regard to the issue to his record.’’

Romney referred to this Giuliani statement in 1994.

“If you come here, and you work hard, and you happen to be in an undocumented status, you’re one of the people who we want in this city,” Giuliani told The New York Times at the time.

As governor, Romney vetoed a bill giving a tuition tax break to the children of illegal immigrants and opposed letting undocumented citizens obtain Massachusetts driver licenses.

New York never adopted the “sanctuary” city tag.

Giuliani honored New York’s policy of 1988 from then-Democratic Mayor Ed Koch that made illegal immigrants feel that they can report crimes, send their children to school or seek medical treatment without fear of being reported.

Giuliani fought to reduce all crimes as mayor, said Jeff Grappone, spokesman for the New Hampshire campaign.

“Mayor Giuliani has a record of battling and reducing the rate of crime dramatically while in office,’’ he said. “He’s got a record of results, and his plan to get tough on illegal immigration will produce results.’’

Immigration is the centerpiece of Giuliani’s latest two-day visit that includes scheduled stops this afternoon at Susan’s European Cafe in Hudson and the Broad Street Country Store in Nashua.

On Friday, Giuliani hosts a town hall meeting at GT Solar in Merrimack and concludes a six-stop day at Giorgio’s Ristorante & Meze Bar in Milford.

Romney is hosting an “Ask Mitt Anything’’ forum tonight at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry.