Rudy Giuliani launched a new TV ad in New Hampshire today in which he promises to bring the leadership needed to solve illegal immigration.
"People are frustrated over immigration because the government has been talking about solving this for 20 or 25 years, and it's just gotten worse," Giuliani says in the spot. (Watch it here.) "What we need here is leadership. Build a fence. Train the border patrol. Have a BorderStat system. Have a tamper-proof ID card. And then if you become a citizen you have to be able to read English, write English, speak English, and understand American civics.
"We can end illegal immigration," Giuliani pledges. "The technology exists to do it, the people exist to do it. Now we need the political leadership and will to get it done."
Giuliani has been criticized by Mitt Romney, who is leading him in the New Hampshire polls, about his policies as New York mayor, saying he was too welcoming of illegal immigrants.
The issue is important to many Republican voters, and many Republicans broke with President Bush, who failed earlier this year to pass comprehensive reform that would have, in addition to tightening border security, offered a path to citizenship for the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country.