By Rick Oltman, May 3, 2017
Two members of the House of Representatives have announced their retirements from Congress, which will lead to open seats in the 2018 mid-term elections. One is excellent on immigration law enforcement and border security, the other is awful.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who is terrible on immigration law enforcement, has announced she won’t be running for re-election. Ros-Lehtinen was born in Havana in 1952 and was brought to America by her parents about the time Castro took over in Cuba in 1959.
From Ros-Lehtinen’s House website: (translation provided in parenthesis)
The current broken immigration system … . (“Broken” is the term the open border/amnesty crowd uses. The only thing broken about our “immigration system,” which lets in over 1 million legal immigrants a year, is the will to enforce our laws and halt illegal immigration.)
… stifles economic growth, encourages rather than discourages overstaying visas, adds to the welfare rolls, and fails to ensure a secure border. (“Stifles economic growth” is debatable, unless the goal is to mindlessly flood the country with new consumers. Any failure to enforce our laws encourages visa overstays. Welfare is a state issue.)
Our immigration system needs to be fixed because it has created a situation where over 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in the shadows … . (Anyone who uses the 11 million illegal alien number is either lying or ignorant. There were INS estimates of 11 million in the country in 1986, when the IRCA amnesty became law. The current number of illegal aliens in the country is conservatively 30 million, and could be as high as 50 million.)
The time to fix this antiquated system is long overdue. I favor passage of an immigration reform package that commits the resources needed to secure the border, modernizes and streamlines our current guest worker and visa system, and creates a tough, but fair, legalization framework for individuals who are already here … . (“Legalization framework” is, of course, amnesty for the millions of illegals in our country.)
Since illegal aliens from Mexico compete for jobs and create crimes in Florida, the same as they do elsewhere in the country, an immigration-enforcement minded candidate might do well in the coming election by making enforcement a main issue.
The second announcement of leaving was Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who is excellent on immigration enforcement and border security. His leaving is a disappointment.
So, the announcement of Ros-Lehtinen’s retirement is good, and Chaffetz’s retirement is not so good.
Chaffetz beat his opponent by 46 points last November. Ros-Lehtinen won by 10 points.
The candidates for these seats should be announcing themselves in the coming months, giving the public plenty of time to query them on their support for immigration law enforcement.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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