Immigration

Final Nail In The Coffin For GOP 'Autopsy' Report: Republicans Rally Around Trump's Anti-Immigration Plan

Remember the GOP autopsy report, the document the Republican National Committee commissioned following the party’s pummeling in the 2012 elections? It may be hard to remember since the report, which called for the party to remake its image but supported no substantive changes in public policy, has been pretty much ignored by Republican politicians since its much-heralded release.

The Republican “autopsy” came in part in response to Mitt Romney’s abysmal performance among Latino voters after he promoted a draconian “self-deportation” strategy for immigrants. At the time, even Donald Trump denounced Romney’s “crazy policy of self-deportation,” calling it “maniacal”: “It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote. He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.” GOP leaders claimed that they were ready to get on board with immigration reform.

Although the autopsy urged the GOP to “embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform,” the House GOP leadership refused to even bring a bipartisan reform bill, approved by the U.S. Senate, up for a vote. However, House Republicans did approve an extreme measure from one of the party’s most toxic voices on immigration: Rep. Steve King of Iowa.

Seeing that the party has pretty much abandoned any pretense of working towards immigration reform, it is no surprise that Trump’s immigration platform, which calls for mass deportation and even “self-deportation,” also includes a measure to abandon the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of birthright citizenship. This measure to curb what Republicans derisively dub “anchor babies” has proved so popular among Republicans that it has also won backing from Trump’s 2016 rivals Scott Walker, Ben CarsonRand PaulBobby JindalLindsey GrahamRick Santorum and Ted Cruz.

While Trump hopes to win the GOP nomination and, in the process, move the field even farther to the far right, the GOP has effectively given up on its own recommendations to build bridges to a community which increasingly sees it as xenophobic.

Just read what the autopsy report had to say in response to Romney’s collapse among Hispanic voters:

If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States (i.e. self-deportation), they will not pay attention to our next sentence. It does not matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy; if Hispanics think we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies. In the last election, Governor Romney received just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote. Other minority communities, including Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, also view the Party as unwelcoming. President Bush got 44 percent of the Asian vote in 2004; our presidential nominee received only 26 percent in 2012.



If Hispanic Americans hear that the GOP doesn’t want them in the United States, they won’t pay attention to our next sentence. It doesn’t matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy; if Hispanics think that we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies. In essence, Hispanic voters tell us our Party’s position on immigration has become a litmus test, measuring whether we are meeting them with a welcome mat or a closed door.



On issues like immigration, the RNC needs to carefully craft a tone that takes into consideration the unique perspective of the Hispanic community. Message development is critical to Hispanic voters.

'What's Wrong With Slavery?' And Jan Mickelson's Other Worst Pro-Confederacy, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Gay Moments

If you are a presidential candidate, you spend a lot of time talking to people in Iowa. And if you’re a Republican, that means a lot of time on Iowa conservative radio, including popular programs hosted by right-wing activists Steve Deace and Jan Mickelson.

The fact that Deace and Mickelson have long histories of extreme rhetoric has not dissuaded Republican candidates from joining their shows. But Mickelson just upped the ante with comments he made on his program today.

Media Matters caught Mickelson proposing that undocumented immigrants in Iowa become “property of the state” and pressed into hard labor. When a listener called in to point out that Mickelson’s proposal “sounds like slavery,” Mickelson asked, “Well, what’s wrong with slavery?” Undocumented immigrants, he went on to say, are the ones who are enslaving American citizens:

It will be interesting to see if any of the GOP candidates who have been on Mickelson’s radio program recently — which, according to Media Matters’ count, includes Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal — repudiate his remarks.

But the fact is that if these candidates were concerned about Mickelson’s rhetoric, they should have stopped going on his show long ago.

When Graham appeared on his program in June, Mickelson declared his allegiance to the Confederacy, as Graham scrambled to distance himself:

Mickelson has also backed Jim Crow-type voting laws.

Today’s comments are hardly Mickelson’s first foray into anti-immigrant extremism either. He has proposed barring undocumented children from public schools and said that if someone has a Hispanic name and is involved with the police, “I assume you’re not here legally.” After an interview with anti-immigrant activist Ann Corcoran, Mickelson promised to press every candidate he had on his show to oppose the U.S. resettlement of refugees from war-torn Muslim countries, which he said was an “act of jihad.” When he asked Rand Paul about it, Paul said the U.S. shouldn’t resettle Iraqi refugees because “we won the war.”

Mickelson’s anti-gay activism includes calling AIDS an “invention” of God to punish homosexuality and agreeing with former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad on the issue of homosexuality.

The Iowa talk radio host also enjoys promoting fringe right-wing conspiracy theories. Mickelson helped to bring the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theory into the GOP mainstream, asking Paul on his program about the supposed federal plan to take over Texas .

And just last week, Mickelson was getting Rep. Steve King to entertain the conspiracy theory that a botched EPA mine cleanup in Colorado was a deliberate plan to pollute a river to create a Superfund site:

Republican candidates may try to avoid Mickelson’s show after today. But given their track record, we somehow doubt that they will.

Ben Carson Says He's Open To Drone Strikes On American Soil To Fight Immigration

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson dropped by Pinal County, Arizona, today to speak with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, a favorite of anti-immigrant activists and one-time GOP candidate for Congress, where the candidate said he was open to drone strikes in order to combat unlawful immigration along the southern border.

The television station KPHO captured part of the exchange, in which reporter Dennis Welch, apparently responding to an earlier comment from Carson, says that “drone strikes on American soil seems a little over the top, even to entertain that idea.”

“You can entertain all kinds of things,” Carson responds. “Here’s the take-home point: The take-home point is that we have excellent military leaders and we need to employ their expertise because this is a war we are fighting. That’s the bottom line."

Welch also tweeted that Carson said the drone strikes could go after “caves and things” on the southern border:

Rand Paul: 'So Much Of Our Population' Lacks 'Work Ethic'

In an interview with the Catholic television network EWTN last week, Sen. Rand Paul said that the main problem that must be addressed in the immigration debate is that we have “almost defeated the work ethic in our country” and “we’ve destroyed the ethic of work in so much of our population.”

When EWTN anchor Raymond Arroyo asked the Kentucky Republican about the 250 Disney employees who were let go after training their replacements who came to the U.S. on temporary visas, Paul said the U.S. must “look very carefully at how many people we need.”

But he added that immigration is a “two-fold problem” because “we’re rotting from the inside” thanks to unspecified “people” who lack a work ethic.

“We also have almost defeated the work ethic in our country,” he said. “And so, for like picking crops, hard work, if we didn’t bring in migrant labor, we’re rotting from the inside. We have people who really — we’ve destroyed the ethic of work in so much of our population.”

 

Gohmert: Obama Using Immigrants To 'Dilute' Votes Of People Who Know How To Keep 'Republic Going'

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, speculated in a radio interview yesterday that President Obama wants to increase the number of skilled-worker visas in order to “dilute” the American voting pool with people who haven’t “been educated about the responsibilities of keeping a republic going.”

Discussing H-1B visas with Virginia talk radio host John Fredericks, Gohmert said, “Wow, John, it’s like the president has some idea that he wants to just dilute people that have been educated about the responsibilities of keeping a republic going out there voting, Isn’t that a crazy idea.”

Gohmert and Fredericks also expressed frustration that the House GOP leadership has yet to move to defund Planned Parenthood after the release of a series of videos smearing the organization, which both said was just bringing America closer to a “day of reckoning.”

“People are starting to feel that there’s going to be a day of reckoning for all this stuff,” Fredericks said, “whether it’s $20 trillion in debt, $123 trillion of unfunded mandates, or 60 million abortions since Roe v. Wade, and now dismembering babies. I mean, there’s going to be a day of reckoning, it always happens throughout history.”

“Yes, and there will be a day of reckoning and we know it’s coming,” Gohmert said, “so it’s really outrageous for us not to be out there dealing with these critical issues.”

Fox And Its GOP Friends Stick With Offensive ‘Illegals’

At last night’s presidential debates hosted by Fox News, it was jarring to hear Fox personalities and Republican presidential candidates alike using the derogatory term “illegals” to refer to undocumented immigrants.

Fox and other conservative media outlets have rejected efforts — including Colorlines’ the Drop the I-Word campaign —  to stop using terms like “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien.” Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist who “came out” as an undocumented immigrant in 2011, started the following year to challenge media outlets’ use of the term “illegal immigrant.” In January, FoxNews.com said its policy is to describe immigrants who are in the U.S. without authorization as “illegal immigrants,” but Fox News Latino reportedly does not use the term.

Last November, Fusion’s Felix Salmon published an overview of the policies various news organizations have adopted. Some, including the Associated Press, no longer use the term “illegal immigrant.” Some, like the New York Times, still do while encouraging reporters to also consider alternatives in a given context. Some find alternatives like “undocumented” or “unauthorized” to be confusing or bureaucratic.

But the sneering shorthand “illegals” is worse and there is a stronger consensus against its use — but not a universal one. In January, the Santa Barbara News-Press generated controversy, including vandalism of the paper’s building, when it used the term “illegals” in a headline. Fox ran a story about the vandalism with screen text declaring “Trouble with Illegals.”

A copyediting blog, commenting on the Santa Barbara controversy, declared it is no longer possible for journalists to “claim that the word illegal [used as a noun] can be neutral or objective.” Even the Wall Street Journal, whose stylebook says “illegal immigrant” is its preferred term, instructs, “Don’t use illegal or illegals as a noun.”

Despite having low expectations for Fox and the Republican candidates, it was striking to hear so many uses of “illegal” or “illegals” as a noun. Scanning through transcripts of the debates, I confirmed that Fox’s Bill Hemmer used the term twice in the also-rans debate, and Chris Wallace used it three times in the top ten debate. The term was also used by Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee, the latter in his sadly memorable formulation about “illegals, prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, all the people that are freeloading off the system now.”

This week, New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin wrote a follow-up piece to an article he published last month about immigration policy. In his new commentary, he reflects on feedback he received in opposition to his use of “illegal immigrant.” He says he will no longer use the term because it has become so widely regarded as pejorative.

Toobin says it is “clearly wrong” to use the term as a noun — to call someone “an illegal.” Former New York Times editor and columnist Bill Keller came to the same conclusion in late 2011, with help from readers and colleagues, after a column in which he had used “illegals” as shorthand for “illegal immigrants.”

Of course, given the state of the Republican Party on immigration, there were also plenty of uses of the term “amnesty” by candidates, including Jeb Bush making sure to qualify his support for a path to legal status for people now in the country —  “not amnesty” — and Ted Cruz, who slammed the other candidates for having supported “amnesty.” Bobby Jindal had another of the evening’s most memorable lines, declaring “immigration without assimilation is an invasion.” 

Ann Coulter: A 'Trump-Romney' Ticket Would Stop 'Foreigners' From Outvoting 'White Americans'

Ann Coulter joined Religious Right pundit Eric Metaxas on his radio program yesterday to discuss her animosity towards immigrants and excitement over Donald Trump’s candidacy, telling Metaxas that America’s current problems stem from the fact that “Americans are being outvoted now” by “millions of foreigners.”

She explained that Americans are “being outvoted by the millions upon millions of foreigners Democrats have brought in to block vote for the Democrats.” Democrats, she said, knew that they could not “get white Americans to vote for them,” so they instead declared, “Okay, screw it Americans! You won’t vote for us. We tried this the easy way, but we’re bringing in ringers.”

Coulter went on to claim that American immigrants are responsible for the rise of ISIS, because without them, “Obama never would have been elected,” and we would never have had the “humiliating withdrawal from Iraq after we had won the war and established a democracy.”

She added that immigration is also to blame for the Affordable Care Act because Al Franken was elected to the Senate from Minnesota in 2008 on the votes of “100,000 Somalis.

Who does Coulter think could solve this problem in the White House? “I’m thinking Trump – Romney. That’s my ticket right now,” she said.

Responding to Metaxas’ claim that Trump would be too prideful to take the VP slot, Coulter argued, “I don’t think it’s because of pride; I think he’s a busy man.”

“The fact that he’s running for office reminds me of Romney this way,” she continued. “Most of these people who run for president have no other option, or they’re running for president so they can get a radio show or a gig on Fox. When someone is willing to give up a really nice life and making a lot of money and being very successful to run for president, I have a lot more respect for those people and they tend to be better presidents.”

When Metaxas said he and his wife could see Trump “killing” the job of being mayor of New York, Coulter corrected: “First he’ll be president, and when he retires he can come back to New York and be mayor.”

Donald Trump: America Is 'Being Attacked' By 'Bad Hombres' Coming Across The Border

In an interview with a right-wing television network today, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump warned that America may not survive "being attacked" by “bad hombres and bad dudes” coming into the country through the southern border.

One America News Network pundit Graham Ledger asked Trump whether he would use his “bully pulpit” as the leader in presidential primary polls to address “this attack that’s coming to us every day from illegal immigrants and what we have to do to secure our sovereignty down at the border.”

“You use the word ‘attack,’ and it is an attack, we’re being attacked,” Trump agreed, citing two cases of American citizens being killed by undocumented immigrants that have received a lot of attention from conservative media.

“You look at beautiful Kate [Steinle] and what’s going on like in San Francisco and Jamiel [Shaw] and so many people being killed and hurt badly. And people are coming through the border that are really bad hombres and bad dudes and these are people that Mexico doesn’t want and other countries where they come from, they don’t want them.”

Other countries, he said, are “forcing” these “bad hombres” into America, where they will either go to jail or “go around killing people in our streets.”

“Another four years, another eight years of this kind of stuff, and we’re not going to have a country anymore,” he added.

Trump told Ledger that running for president was “not anything that I wanted to do” but that he couldn’t stand by as “the Constitution of this country has been absolutely riddled with bullets from the Obama administration.”

Ledger, for one, was very impressed by Trump’s self-sacrifice, declaring that the billionaire was doing his “duty” in following his “calling” to run for president, just like the men who enlisted in the military in World War I and World War II.

Steve King: President Trump Can Save America From Becoming A Third World Country

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, defended his staunch anti-immigrant record at last week’s New Hampshire National Security Action Summit, alleging that proponents of immigration reform “advocate the destruction of rule of law and for anarchy and the descending down into Third World status.”

“You notice that the people that are for amnesty, they’re the ones that make race and ethnicity an issue because they’ve lost the argument and are reduced to calling names,” King said.

Fortunately, King said, at least one candidate is addressing his concerns: Donald Trump.

“I’m glad Donald Trump is making this a big issue,” the congressman said, before explaining that he thinks just one border wall isn’t enough. King added that the next president must “restore the respect for the rule of law” because “without it we cannot be a civilization anything any better than Third World.”

He then took a dig at undocumented immigrants: “By the way, when people come over here and live in the shadows and then they come to us and protest out in the open that we’re supposed to somehow give them a path to citizenship because we’re making them live in the shadows, they came here to live in the shadows. We don’t have a moral obligation to pull them out of the shadows, I just say get right with the law.”

Trump Campaign Manager: Round Up And Deport Immigrants Or Have Them 'Self-Deport'

Typically when a Republican politician who opposes immigration reform is asked what he or she would do with the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., they usually give a non-answer or avoid the question altogether. But Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, a former official with the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, is at least giving an honest answer, telling conservative radio host John Fredericks yesterday that Trump wants to deport the 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants living here.

“You guys are going to be committed to basically rounding anyone who is here illegally, rounding them up, and sending them back?” Fredericks asked.

“Yes, that’s right,” Lewandowski replied, before going on to claim that there may be upwards of 30 million undocumented immigrants in the country, a bogus figure that has previously been cited by Trump.

Lewandowski, sounding just like Trump, said that undocumented immigrants are “killing American citizens” and that a President Trump would build an “impenetrable” border wall: “It doesn’t matter how much water you have in your boat if you don’t stop the water from coming in you are eventually going to sink, so the first thing to do is to plug the hole, and that’s what we’re going to do, we’re going to build a wall that stops that from continuing.”

He then channeled Mitt Romney by talking about the need for “self-deportation” by making their lives difficult in the U.S. “We’re going to deport everybody and then you have the opportunity to apply to an expedited process,” he said.

Amazingly, as we noted earlier today, even with his campaign making statements like this, Trump is still not seen as extreme enough in his anti-immigrant politics by Numbers USA, the most influential anti-immigrant lobbying group. This is because Trump, although he wants to deport all of the undocumented immigrants in the country, has vaguely hinted at offering an “expedited” process for the “good” ones to apply to return. And remember, back in 2012 Trump was calling Mitt Romney’s “self-deportation” stance “crazy.”

"He had a crazy policy of self-deportation, which was maniacal," Trump told Newsmax. "It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote." Trump added that the GOP should develop better policies "with respect to people wanting to be wonderful, productive citizens of this country."

Even Trump Not Enough Of An Anti-Immigrant Extremist For Numbers USA

Donald Trump, who shot to the top of Republican presidential polls after calling immigrants from Mexico drug dealers and rapists, will have to move even further to the right if he wants to please the prominent anti-immigrant lobbying group Numbers USA.

The group’s leader, Roy Beck, wrote in a blog post that although he appreciated Trump’s “tenacious” comments about immigrants, the candidate “stumbled” when he offered a muddled plan for what Trump called a “merit system” to “work something out” for the undocumented immigrants who aren’t the “bad ones.”

As a result, Beck docked his candidate scorecard for Trump and repeated his praise for Scott Walker and Rick Santorum (the sole recipient of an “A” grade from the organization), who have been consistently extreme on immigration, even without Trump’s attention-getting bombast.

Trump on national TV and on the Arizona border stumbled and let himself get boxed into saying he would offer amnesty to the illegal aliens who aren't the "bad ones." He seemed to be defensive and trying to prove that he isn't hostile to immigrants by also indicating he would like to see legal immigration increased.

But Walker -- ambushed by an illegal-alien family brought to Iowa to confront him in front of the national press corps -- refused to be intimidated, stood strong and unapologetic about the importance of the rule of law, and declined to concede an amnesty..

Rick Santorum in a long interview on PBS also resisted being trapped into talking about immigration issues in the paradigm the mainstream media prefers. Instead, he deftly turned the high-profile TV appearance into an appeal to set immigration policy to benefit workers and poor people.

William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC also added Trump to his “blacklist” of “amnesty supporting” politicians in wake of the billionaire’s latest remarks. Gheen explained his decision to WorldNetDaily:

“After coming out strong for a secure border and bringing attention to illegal immigrant crimes against Americans, Donald Trump is now promoting his plan to change America’s existing immigration laws to create a merit system by which illegals currently in America can stay and eventually gain voting rights where they are expected to help Democrats dominate U.S. elections forevermore,” Gheen said.


"Most Americans want to hear that America's laws will be enforced, not make new laws or change the laws to accommodate the law-breakers," he added.  "Americans like us want a constitutional government, not a Republican dictator to take over for the Democratic dictator we have in power now. "
 

Anti-Immigrant Activist: 'Child Rapists' Coming To The US Because They’ll Get Off Easier In The Justice System

Earlier this month, Tamara Scott, a conservative lobbyist and Republican national committeewoman from Iowa, invited anti-immigration activist Jim Simpson onto her weekly radio program to discuss Donald Trump’s claims that Mexican immigrants are rapists, which Simpson heartily agreed with.

Simpson, who recently authored a report for the Center for Security Policy on how communists and Islamists are using immigration to destroy America, acknowledged that immigrants may be fleeing failing states, but added that “many” of them come to the U.S. because a fairer justice system means “they can have an easier time committing crime over here.”

“Many of the people that cross the border illegally do so because they’re people that that country just doesn’t want, and they’re coming over here because there are greener pastures over here, they can have an easier time committing crime over here,” he explained.

“We have a legal system that is much more favorable to the defendant than, let’s say, Mexico, where a lot of these child rapists wouldn’t last a week in a Mexico prison, and so they come here instead. And that’s a big part of the problem. We’re attracting all kinds of very, very bad people by our loose immigration policies and our open borders policies being promoted by this, as far as I’m concerned, treasonous president.”

Scott responded that even if most immigrants weren’t child rapists, as Simpson alleged, lenience toward undocumented immigrants would still be a betrayal of the founding fathers, because “we put blood on the line to get the liberty we have, so we can’t allow others not to do the same in their country or we bring those wars here.”

“Here’s the deal,” she said. “We have the freedoms and liberties we have in this country because we allowed our forefathers, our ancestors, they fought, they risked it all, they gave oftentimes the ultimate price to ensure the unalienable rights that we have endowed by our Creator. And the fact that this country was built upon that very premise, that we recognized a Providence, a Supreme Being, mentioned four times in our Declaration in one way or another, we honored the God who we felt gave us the protection to start this country and to bless this country. So we put blood on the line to get the liberty we have, so we can’t allow others not to do the same in their country or we bring those wars here.”

Michael Savage: Obama Gave Me The Flu!

On Tuesday, conservative radio host Michael Savage told his listeners that he recently got “wiped out” by the flu, an illness he promptly blamed on President Obama.

Last year, during a summer spike in undocumented immigrant youths coming to the U.S., Savage warned listeners that the largely Central American immigrants were spreading Enterovirus D-68 to the U.S., which he referred to as “the Honduran flu.”

Savage lamented that “my body really got wasted by the Honduran flu brought in by Obama’s children last summer on those trains.”

Of course, experts report that there is no connection between immigrants and the enterovirus, and the law that blocked immediate deportation of the Central American minors was signed into law by President Bush, not Obama.

Jindal: Obama Is 'Giving Up On America' By Facilitating Immigrant 'Invasion'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is up in arms about new Obama administration guidelines for exempting naturalized citizens who are conscientious objectors from the oath of citizenship’s promise to “bear arms” on behalf of the United States. The GOP presidential candidate told an Iowa radio program yesterday that the new exemption guidelines show that President Obama is “giving up on America” by allowing an “invasion” of unassimilated immigrants.

In 1950, Congress added the vow to “bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law” to the oath taken by naturalized citizens after a court ruled that military service wasn’t implicitly required in the existing oath. However, new citizens taking the oath were allowed to refuse to say the line “on the basis of religious training and beliefs,” just as all citizens are allowed to opt out of military service if they are conscientious objectors.

In 2003, a Bush administration effort to modernize the oath would have removed the “bear arms” line altogether, but was rebuffed after facing conservative criticism that the line replacing it was too weak. The new Obama administration policy keeps the “bear arms” part of the oath, but updates the guidelines on who may be exempt from saying it for religious or moral reasons.

Jindal, who has tried to position himself as the Right’s foremost defender of religious freedom, reasonably reacted to this news yesterday by circulating a petition calling for the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to be fired, falsely claiming that the administration was “deleting the requirement” that naturalized immigrants vow to serve in the military, and declaring, “Immigration without assimilation is not immigration, it is invasion.”

Jindal repeated this criticism in an interview yesterday with Iowa conservative radio host Simon Conway, himself a naturalized U.S. citizen, saying, “Look, immigration without assimilation, that’s not immigration, that is an invasion.”

Jindal went on to say that by supporting this policy change, Obama has violated his own oath of office: “He takes an oath saying he’s going to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, this to me sounds like he’s giving up on America.”

Ted Cruz: I've Been Singing Donald Trump's Praises On Immigration

Ted Cruz has been more than happy to attack his Republican opponents for the presidency, save one: Donald Trump.

During an appearance on “The Jan Mickelson Show” last week, Cruz insisted that “the Democrats support illegal immigration,” which led him to praise Trump for his remarks describing immigrants as rapists.

“It’s one of the reasons why I’ve been so vocal in the past couple of weeks defending Donald Trump because you’ve had a whole slew of 2016 Republican candidates running out of their way to smack Donald Trump with a stick, and not only am I not going to do that but I’ve been singing his praises,” Cruz said, before adding: “He is absolutely right.”

Anti-Immigration Activist Who Threatened Violence Suddenly Denounces Threats Of Violence Over Immigration

A debate over immigration on the Fox News program "The Five" got pretty heated last night, with Geraldo Rivera at one point telling Eric Bolling that it is a good thing that they are friends or "I'd knock you out right now."

Radical right-wing anti-immigration activst William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC quickly fired off an action alert demanding that "Geraldo Rivera be fired for threatening violence on air ":

Geraldo Rivera is a pro-amnesty and pro-illegal immigration Hispanic supremacist. He is also a projection racist who stays busy calling other people "racist" while hoping to distract from his own racism.

Now he has really gone too far by threatening another Fox News employee with violence due to his opinions against illegal immigration.

Please watch the video ... Then contact Fox News to demand Geraldo Rivera be fired for threatening violence on the air!

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"Geraldo Rivera has made a direct threat of physical violence on live television seen by millions and that is behavior that no company or news agency should tolerate!" said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. "If Geraldo can threaten violence without consequences from his employer or termination of employment, then Fox News Corporation is sending a message across America that threats of violence from illegal immigrant supporters like Geraldo are acceptable, and that could put the company in a legally actionable position should others follow Geraldo's style of violent outbursts."

We find it a little ironic that Gheen, of all people, would be decrying threats of violence over the issue of immigration considering that, back in 2011, he warned that President Obama was planning on using undocumented immigrants to wage war on "White America" and so the only response left was to engage in "illegal and violent" "extra-political activities":

We’re no longer referring to him as President Barack Obama, our national organization has made the decision and made the announcement we now refer to him as Dictator Barack Obama. That’s what he is. And basically at this point, if you’re looking for a peaceful, political recourse there really isn’t one that we can think of, and I’m really not sure what to tell people out there than I guess they need to make decisions soon to just accept whatever comes next or some type of extra-political activities that I can’t really talk about because they’re all illegal and violent.

Steve King: It's 'Mexicans Or Central Americans That Are Doing The Raping'

In an interview with The Hill newspaper today, Rep. Steve King defended Donald Trump’s comments calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers, echoing Trump in claiming that the risk of sexual assault for women crossing the southern border translates into Mexican and Central American men being rapists.

"So yes, they’re being raped, they’re being murdered they’re being brutalized,” he told The Hill, “and when I know I’ve been challenged on that, 'well you can’t conclude that (it's) Mexicans or Central Americans that are doing the raping,' well, can you conclude anything else? They are being raped, they are victims of rape, and the price for the transit sometimes is, often is and predominantly is their body.”

Interestingly, while Republican presidential candidates have been scrambling to distance themselves from Trump, they continue to cater to King.

Louie Gohmert: ISIS Right Across The Border

In an interview yesterday with WorldNetDaily’s Radio America, Rep. Louie Gohmert once again pushed a debunked report alleging that ISIS set up a camp on America’s southern border, pointing to a Tom Clancy novel to claim that ISIS may be collaborating with drug cartels.

The Texas congressman said that Republicans shouldn’t have a problem picking up Latino voters since they love God and family, which of course are two things that Democrats hate.

However, Gohmert said that Republicans shouldn’t “disregard the rule of law” through immigration reform because such a move “makes us like the countries in Central America or Mexico that they’re fleeing.” A pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Gohmert said, may jeopardize the future of the Republic.

Gohmert also took the opportunity to attack President Obama for not being American enough.

“It may just be because our president doesn’t know enough about our history, I’m sure they didn’t teach it in Indonesia, but the fact is when he says ‘nobody has done more to secure the border than I have,’ or words to that effect, is simply not true,” Gohmert said. The congressman pointed to Woodrow Wilson’s Mexican Expedition, which almost brought the two countries to the brink of war as U.S. troops entered Mexico, as proof that “the border was secure” under Wilson’s administration.

“This administration not only encourages people to violate the law, our immigration law, but it violates the laws regularly themselves,” purported lawbreaking which he said “leads to the tens of thousands of crimes that occur in the United States.”

Savage: Liberals To Use Immigrant Gangs And Internment Camps To Kill Christians And Veterans

Right-wing radio host Michael Savage joined other conservative pundits on Tuesday in blaming San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policy for the murder of a woman by an undocumented immigrant, which he then used to warn of impending government violence against Christians and veterans.

He predicted that once President Obama incites a civil war by overloading the nation’s welfare system, liberals will employ “illegal alien gangs” as their “army.”

“It’s all well and good, the welfare state, until you can’t afford it anymore,” Savage said. “And guess what happens then? The country collapses. And guess what happens then? Exactly what the government wants, which is civil war and insurrection. And guess what happens then? There’s martial law and autocratic control. And guess what happens then? There are internment camps.”

He said that while the government will only “come for the returning war veterans” and “come for the Christians,” liberals will feel protected with the knowledge that they “have the army of the night behind you, and who is the army of the night? It’s the illegal alien gangs that you have behind you, it’s those who burned the city to the ground in Baltimore behind you, that’s who you have, those are your armies, you think we don’t know it? We understand your entire plan, we understand why you feel protected, we understand why you let a murder like this go unindicted, we understand all of this.”

Savage also railed against gays and lesbians, along with Democratic officials, linking them to murder.

“This is what liberalism brings you,” Savage said. “Insanity and murder and death and disease.”

Donald Trump Asks Extremist Joe Arpaio To Defend His Immigration Remarks

Donald Trump found an ally in Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his notorious birther crusade back in 2012, and now the Republican presidential candidate will be joining forces with Arpaio once again, this time to justify his infamous remarks that Mexican immigrants are mostly gangsters and rapists.

Trump plans to deliver a speech in Phoenix this week on “illegal immigration and numerous other topics.” Dan Nowicki of the Arizona Republic notes that Arpaio and a local GOP leader will both be making appearances at the event.

Surely teaming up with Arpaio will help Trump’s plan to win the Latino vote, as the sheriff has a horrific record on issues like immigration, racial profiling, detainmentand upholding basic human rights.

Most recently, he tapped a child sex offender to work as an armed guard for schools and confessed to having “violated several federal court orders resulting from a long-running racial-profiling suit.”

The sheriff, who has been cited by the Justice Department for violating the First Amendment rights of his critics, recently alleged that criticism of Trump’s comments on immigration undermines his “freedom of speech.”

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Brian Tashman, Tuesday 12/01/2015, 6:00pm
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Miranda Blue, Tuesday 11/24/2015, 12:44pm
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Miranda Blue, Monday 11/23/2015, 10:39am
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Brian Tashman, Monday 11/23/2015, 10:20am
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Miranda Blue, Thursday 11/19/2015, 11:56am
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Miranda Blue, Thursday 11/19/2015, 9:47am
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