2007: Dick Armey sticks up for illegal aliens, "bless their hearts"
The attached video is from October, 2007 and features Dick Armey of FreedomWorks (also a tea parties organizer) sticking up for illegal aliens. He claims "I don't like illegal immigration", but then engages in indirect baby-waving in order to in effect support it. While the video is a recent upload to Youtube, it's been available for a while at Reason Magazine (including a couple comments from me: reason.com/blog/show/125183.html). Not only that, but FreedomWorks hasn't been trying to hide his comments and has Reason's post re-printed at their site:
This is from the Reason post, also re-posted at that FreedomWorks link:
In this excerpt from his talk, Armey, now the head of Freedomworks, a nonprofit that promotes “lower taxes, less government, more freedom,” takes a bold stand for one of the most pilloried populations in these United States: Illegal immigrants who come here to make a better life for their children and themselves.
“The biggest immigration problem we got in America is a government that’s not doing its job,” says Armey. “I don’t like illegal immigration, but I’ll tell you something: I don’t run stop lights. But you put me out on the road at two o’clock in the morning on the way to the all-night drugstore to get medicine for my babies, and you give me a stop light that is stuck on red, and no traffic in sight, and I’m gonna go through that red light.”
Obviously, his example is very highly flawed due to a long list of facts, including but hardly limited to these:
* Allowing anyone in foreign countries who has problems to move to the U.S. is an untenable situation, causing problems here and there.
* Massive immigration gives the sending countries power inside the U.S. (see Mexican government)
* Massive illegal immigration and the amnesties or guest workers programs proposed by folks like Armey rewards those who showed little respect for our laws.