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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:
freedomworks.org/news/dick-armey-on-illegal-immigrants-bless-their-heart

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.

Fri, 09/04/2009 - 13:42 · Importance: 4

Fri, 09/04/2009 - 22:27
petty bourgeois

Maybe we should use a different analogy: Would Mr. Armey be opposed to me coming into his home and availing myself of whatever I need at his expense in an attempt to "make a better life" for myself?

Fri, 09/04/2009 - 23:18
George

".....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.” So, this is a reason why we shouldn't have sovereign control of our borders. Who are his constituency, the American people or refugees from Latin America? This disloyalty to our people must stop!

Sat, 09/05/2009 - 14:56
Fred Dawes
www.myspace.com/freddawes1776/

One more white monkey getting into line with the black and brown monkeys to murder The USA. Its all about race and ideals of freedom and justice and a world where people can live without total fear for life if you want this evil world get into line; if not get your butt into action against evil people, or just do nothing but watch the USA Become mexico city. SAD TO SAY MOST DON'T CARE.

Mon, 09/07/2009 - 08:09
eh

If the problem was just with a few illegals then his views as expressed here -- which are not uncommon of course -- would be understandable. But we don't have just a few -- there are millions of them.