September 19, 2015
"In the first place we should insist that the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equity with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming an American and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." -Theodore Roosevelt in a letter to the American Defense Society in 1919.
Rick Perry - He's no longer a contender, but here's what he believes. Rick Perry often gives speeches about illegal immigration, but when you look at the facts, he has been incredibly soft on the issue. Eric Holder was soft on immigration and against AZ SB 1070. So was Perry. Eric Holder talked a tough game while loosening enforcement. So did Perry. A little ritual troop marching on the border does not block illegal's from jobs and entitlements. Perry worked on watered down laws to please his Latino constituency. He did not plan to secure the border, and he should not be president because illegal immigration is absolutely devastating many areas of the southwest United States. Former Governor Rick Perry supports in-state tuition for illegal aliens, opposes the border fence, supports the Trans-Texas Corridor, and has refused to crack down on services to illegal aliens. He has even stated openly in the past that he has a moderate record on immigration. [Link]
Lindsey Graham - Senator Graham is on a mission to convince Republicans that, despite devastating unemployment, meltdown of the "Illegal Immigration State," border laxity, and rising violence in Mexico, they should vote for an amnesty bill that would legalize twenty million illegal aliens setting off a flood of new illegal immigration. This is a fool's errand indeed. (Folks, they've been saying 12 to 20 million for over 15 years, it's really more like 50 or 60 million illegal's in this country. They are basically just replacing all the murdered/aborted babies with illegal aliens.)
Dr. Ben Carson - Dr. Ben Carson said America’s borders must be sealed to protect against terrorism and told a prominent group of Latino elected officials that he also supports giving illegal immigrants a path to legalization and eventual citizenship . . .
Regarding the country’s illegal immigrants, Carson said, "many of them have never known any other country … so where are you going to send them?"
I don't know what Ben is thinking, but I am not for giving any lawbreaker a path to citizenship.
Paul - Paul also supports a pathway to legalization for illegal's,
the prospect of eventually earning citizenship. Republican Sen. Rand
Paul said that illegal immigrants should be allowed to become U.S. taxpayers
and ultimately get a shot at citizenship.
Marco Rubio - Rubio said Obama’s executive amnesty "can’t be terminated because there are already people benefiting from it." What? Any law can be undone.
Rubio’s statement was made in Spanish on the Spanish-language network Univision, which is reason enough to eliminate him from serious consideration. When somebody is running for president of the United States, why should we have to get somebody to translate his remarks into English?
Cruz - When it comes to immigration reform, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz
has made it abundantly clear what he opposes: giving citizenship to people
who broke the law to come here. What has not been as evident is what he
supports: legal status for millions of people here already, while making
it easier for immigrants to come here through the front door. Asked about
what to do with the people here illegally, however, he stressed that he
had never tried to undo the goal of allowing them to stay.
Chris Christie - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has straightforwardly refused to answer questions about his stance on immigration recently, saying that "he won’t have anything to say on immigration unless and until I become a candidate for president of the United States." But earlier in his tenure as governor he was singing a different tune.
"The president and the Congress have to step up to the plate, they have to secure our borders and they have to put forward a commonsense path to citizenship for people," he told ABC News in 2010.
Scott Walker - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been somewhat elliptical in recent months when discussing his position on immigration, but the bulk of the evidence seems to suggest he does support a pathway to citizenship as part of overhauling America’s immigration system. When National Review sought to pin the governor down on the issue, a spokesman for Walker said the governor believes it "makes sense" to provide a pathway to citizenship as long as certain conditions are met.
Jeb Bush - During a Spanish interview with Telemundo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush endorsed amnesty for what he referred to as the "11 million" illegal aliens living in the U.S. in defiance of the law.
"For the 11 million people [who are here illegally], they must come out of the shadows, receive a work visa, start paying taxes and also pay a small fine, learn English, don’t receive government benefits, but they come out of the shadows and they receive legal status after some time," Bush said on Monday, according to a translation provided by CNN.
Bush starts out on the wrong foot by claiming only 11 million illegal aliens are in the country. That number, repeated ad nauseam by the Washington establishment and mainstream media, assumes that illegal aliens responded to the Census at all, let alone admitted they were here illegally, which isn't even asked on the Census.
Aliens who forge green cards and steal Americans’ Social Security numbers aren’t likely to suddenly start filling out government forms truthfully. As professor of economics and social policy at the Harvard Kennedy School George Borjas put it: "These are people who don’t want to be found.
In July of 2015, Bush told a Hispanic audience he wanted to grant legal status to every illegal immigrant who broke into the country, saying that enforcing immigration law with deportation — or even encouraging lawbreakers to leave — is not an "American value."
John Kasich - At the Republican Governors Association meeting last fall, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said a pathway to citizenship may be necessary. "My sense is I don’t like the idea of citizenship when people jump the line, [but] we may have to do it,” he said. “It may be a laborious and tough process. I would never say we would never do it. … At the end of the day it may be necessary."
Bobby Jindal - The Governor of Louisiana is a less reluctant supporter of a pathway to citizenship. "Once the border is secure, and not before, we should provide an opportunity for those who came here illegally seeking to work for a better life to gain legal status rather quickly, if and only if they are willing to do all that is required," he wrote in National Review in 2013. "We should deport immediately those who engage in criminal activity. We should bar those seeking public assistance from receiving welfare or unemployment benefits for a substantial period of time."
He continued: "As for a pathway to citizenship: For folks who came here illegally but are willing to gain proficiency in English, pay a fine, and demonstrate a willingness to assimilate, we should require them to work here and pay taxes for a substantial period of time after obtaining legal status before they have the opportunity to begin the process of applying for U.S. citizenship."
Mike Huckabee - The former Arkansas governor who supported legislation that would have provided in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, has recently been most vocal about not punishing illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as children. But though the immigration plan he ran on in the 2008 GOP primary did not provide for a pathway to legalization for undocumented immigrants, in 2013 he hinted he would support a pathway to some type of legalization for a larger population of illegals residing in the United States.
"I do think there should be a way that people who have been here for a while, who have lived decent clean lives like our ancestors did, can have a path to be able to work," he told The Christian Post in 2013.
Donald Trump - So far, his stance sounds good to me, and I would hope he holds to it. He says, "We need strong borders; we need a wall. Citizenship for illegal immigrants is a GOP suicide mission. 351,000 illegal aliens are in our prisons; costing us $1.1 Billion. Anchor babies were NEVER the intent of the 14th Amendment. Invite foreigners graduating from college to stay in US. Put a triple-layered fence & predator drones on the Mexican border. Control the borders; even legal immigration should be difficult. Limit new immigration; focus on the people already here."
What I'd like to see is all our military brought home and put on our southern borders with Barrett 50 caliber rifles...no one gets across. Trying to invade us ends in death. Sounds cruel doesn't it, but again, these are lawbreakers, and the Mexicans who came here legally don't like it one bit either.
In 2005, two portfolio managers at Bear Stearnes looked at several factors that didn’t rely on illegals’ self-reporting, including remittances and housing permits handed out in illegal alien enclaves, and estimated that 20 million illegals were present in the U.S. On top of that, Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele estimated in a 2006 TIME article that three million illegals entered the country every single year. Author Ann Coulter, who laid these numbers out clearly in her book Adios America, estimates there are at least 30 million illegals residing in the U.S.
Second, illegal aliens are now enthusiastically out of the shadows and busy filming “documentaries” of white liberals crying about their “privilege” when they’re not storming bookstores to rip up books they don’t like.
For over 15 years we have heard 12 to 20 million illegals are in America. If you watch any of the border films, you know there is a constant influx of these illegals day and night, 24/7. How anyone can still use the figure of 12 to 20 million or even 30 million is beyond me. I would bet there are at least 50 to 60 million illegals residing in this country, and many of them are gang members, criminals, and terrorists, and they bring diseases we no longer have in America. According to an old FBI statistic that I can no longer find on the web, approximately 10,000 American citizens are murdered every year by illegal aliens.
The elitist Republicans running for president don't have to worry about being accosted by them in their guarded empires, but the American people deal with this every day. Every one of them lied about this issue during their second debate. Trump is the only one who is right on this issue.
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Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.