By Rick Oltman, March 21, 2019
The kickoff for the Congressional and Presidential elections usually begins right after Labor Day of the previous year, but this year, we have a large number of candidates supposedly running for president in the Democratic Party, all of who are in the news, making a lot of noise and talking about issues, including the immigration issue.
There is no doubt that the incumbent, President Donald Trump, was elected because of his stance on border security. He campaigned in 2016 on stopping illegal immigration, recognized the Angel Moms whose loved ones were victims of illegal alien criminals, the drugs and violence, and the border wall among other immigration related issues. If Immigration wasn’t the top issue for most voters, it certainly was near the top and received a lot of media attention, and criticism, which continues.
Having a president who is talking about and acting to enforce our immigration laws is something we have not seen in modern times.
As we watch his potential opponents attempt to draw media attention by making statements about the immigration issue, it is interesting to hear their positions on immigration, given the strong support for immigration law enforcement we see in the country today. There are a few who should be particularly entertaining to watch.
Obama’s Vice President and six-term U.S. Senator from Delaware, Joe Biden, is looked at as the frontrunner in the Democrat cluster, even though he hasn’t announced he is running, yet. In 2014, Biden said, “You know, 11 million people live in the shadows. I believe they’re already American citizens … 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans, in my view.” In 2006, he voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security based on the illegal work they did in the United States. Biden did vote for a border fence in 2007 and President George Bush’s failed amnesty for illegal aliens, but he also voted against restricting federal monies from so-called Sanctuary Cities. He was against deporting illegal aliens. There is a lot more. His positions, if he does run, will be very interesting when his record becomes known.
Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke
Beto O’Rourke announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on March 14th. He spent a few years in the Texas state legislature and lost the U.S. Senate race to Ted Cruz in 2016. O’Rourke is for amnesty for illegal aliens. He has loudly spoken out against President Trump’s border wall, even saying that he would “absolutely take the wall down” if elected president. “Walls don’t save lives, they end lives,” he said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (Independent-VT) is pro-amnesty, pro DACA and DAPA, and against the border wall. He says he voted against the 2007 immigration reform/amnesty “… because the Southern Poverty Law Center said that the guest-worker programs that were embedded in this agreement were akin to slavery … .” He voted to continue sending federal funds to Sanctuary Cities.
In 2018, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said that she “100 percent” supported Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s (D) pronouncement that she would help criminal illegal aliens elude deportation ahead of a raid by federal immigration officials.
The Oakland Mayor helped many criminal illegal aliens who had been convicted of sex crimes, drunk driving and even armed robbery convictions to escape arrest by federal immigration authorities, and Harris defended her saying, “I think Mayor Schaaf is doing exactly what she believes is in the best interest of her community, and I support that 100 percent,”
Harris also drew parallels between the KKK and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a Senate hearing for the new ICE director. One of her scariest statement, thus far, was to MSNBC when she declared “… when it comes to immigration …”California’s going to fight,” because the state “represents the future.” Now, that is scary.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) wants to eliminate ICE. Enough said.
This is just a sample of what we are hearing from a few Democratic contestants for their party’s nomination next year. It all seems incredible, given the popular support for immigration law enforcement and border security. It makes one wonder if those making these, and similar statements, are completely out of touch with a majority of the American people and the threat we are seeing escalate at the border. Time will tell.
If there are any Republican candidates for the presidential nomination, other than President Trump, we will examine their statements on the whole immigration issue. We will also evaluate the efforts and accomplishments of the current administration.
It seems that the debates will get very interesting as we move towards the election season.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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