john king: Page 1
Tonight at 8pm Eastern, seven declared or possible GOP presidential candidates will debate at New Hampshire's St. Anselm College. Feel free to leave your comments about the debate below; some live coverage might also be provided. When a transcript is available I'll highlight the immigration-related parts in an update.
Those debating are (see each link for more):
"On the issue of the Hispanic voter, we have to do a lot more. We Republicans have to recruit and elect Hispanics to office... And I don't mean just because they're Hispanics, but they represent a big part of the growing population in America. And we have a lot of work to do there. And I am of the belief that unless we reverse the trend of Hispanic voter registration, we have a very, very deep hole that we've got to come out of."
The third sentence makes no sense: he wants them to be elected simply due to their race and in the hopes that undecideds will "vote their race". Which is exactly how the Democratic Party operates, except they're actually competent. Which means that - as pointed out many, many times here before - the Dems will always be able to undercut the GOP if they go further down the "vote your race" road. The Dem will always be more racially echt; the GOP will select someone who the Democrats will call a "Tio Taco"/"Uncle Tom". And, of course, by supporting massive immigration and race-based power, the GOP is digging their hole even deeper.
One way to deal with bad advice such as that offered by McCain is to help discredit the incompetent GOP consultant types who come up with such ideas, such as Mike Murphy.
Janet Napolitano falsely says "crossing the border is not a crime" (+border fence, Arpaio) - 04/20/09
And yes, when we find illegal workers, yes, appropriate action, some of which is criminal, most of that is civil, because crossing the border is not a crime per se. It is civil. But anyway, going after those as well.
The U.S. Code says she's wrong (link, excerpt at ): sneaking across the border can result in up to six months in jail for the first offense and up to two years for subsequent offenses. It most definitely is a crime; see also this, , and .
In addition to not calling her on that, King asked about the recent report discussing rightwing extremism but without pushing her on how vague it was or how closely it tracks reports from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Regarding the border fence:
And so we will complete the amount of fencing that the Congress has appropriated money for. We're only a few miles short right now. And all of the contracts have been let, the construction basically either has been begun or is just about to begin. It's just a couple of miles left.
Those following that saga will probably correctly point out how she's not telling the truth about that.
She also said the Obama administration is "actively considering" sending the National Guard to the border, and took a swipe at sheriff Joe Arpaio over his suggestion that the federal government enforces our immigration laws across the board.