On Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” commentator Ann Coulter explained why it is important for conservatives to not give in to the temptation of ceding tough immigration laws for promises of border security.
Coulter, author of “Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama,” explained to host Sean Hannity that the difficulties of border enforcement are a media creation, and that if they are granted illegal immigrants are given amensty, there is the risk of them becoming eligible of collecting government assistance.
“I actually do think enforcement first, thus let’s start with enforcement,” Coulter said. “And I love how the media have sort of convinced Americans that building a wall on the border, ‘Well, that’s crazy — it’s like sending a man to Mars. We can’t do that.’ Why is this treated as something so outside of the bounds of rationality? But, no, you have to start with enforcement, legalization — I mean, immediately, that means collecting government assistance. That means, we’re never going to turn around and say, ‘No, you’re not going to get citizenship.’”
“They’re never going to be deported. And you don’t start with legalization. Also, any children they have are instantly citizens. Legalization first is not enforcement first. But particularly now, when we see the absolute bad faith and forget just on the immigration issues, this is just liberals going back to their old tricks — they are always trying to release criminals. And that is what Obama has done.”
She went on to explain that many immigrants here legally go on to collect government benefits and if the policy of “legalization first, enforcement second” if adopted, the United States will go on to resemble California.
“We’re not going to have Obama forever, and when we have a Republican president and we don’t want them running across the border again,” Coulter continued. “And no, of course you start with enforcement first, but it really has to be enforcement first and not legalize them first and then act as if, ‘Well, the one thing they want is citizenship.’ No, they want to live here legally and that allows them to collect government assistance and by the way, our legal immigration system has to be changed, too, and Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act — something like 80 percent of legal aliens to America have come from third-world countries.”
“They go on government assistance at a much higher rate than the native-born,” she continued. “We ought to take care of our native-born here. The country is going to sink and, worst of all from your and my perspective, and I think, many of yours viewers, the entire country will become California and no Republican will ever win another election. So I don’t understand this idea of trying to make more illegal aliens.”