|California Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Neel Kashkari|
California residents share this view, specifically the Murrieta residents who prevented federal immigration officials from dumping illegal immigrants in their city's detention center earlier this year.
The border crisis pushed this issue to the forefront of the political debate, not just statewide but nationally. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his seat in an all-but-won primary last July, and US Senate Republicans (and Democrats) are facing pressure from both sides on their immigration stance.
Sadly, the immigration problem has only gotten worse in California, and Governor Brown has contributed to it. In direct contrast to the popularly elected Prop 187, Brown has thrown out the welcome mat to all illegal immigrants to come to California.
Barely a decade ago, lawmakers passed then repealed a measure which offered drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. Even though the bill passed against last year, illegals have admitted their reluctance to take advantage of the measure, and the law still faces legal challenges.
As it should. Brown's brazen attempt to turn California into a sanctuary state is a stark violation of federal immigration laws, as well as an immoral power-grab to broaden welfare rolls (and Democratic enrollment numbers) while fleecing hard-working Americans.
Kashkari's remarks on the immigration problem should be the talking points for all serious political candidates:
I am the son of immigrants. I think that immigration adds tremendous value to our country. And immigration is very personal for me. My heart goes out the kids who are coming here from distressed countries, whether it's Guatemala or Honduras. My heart goes out to kids around the world. Kids in Asia who are suffering. Kids in Africa who are suffering.
This statement stood out, the responsible, mature, and compassionate response to the illegal immigrant youth crisis along the Southern border of the United States:
But the solution to the world's suffering kids is not an open border in America. So we need to treat the kids coming here with compassion and care and respect, and yes we do need to send them home to their home countries.
Stunning statements from a liberal Republican in California Where's the Washington leadership with the guts to state these remarks? Has Ted Cruz pushed for sending all the illegal immigrant youth home? What about Mike Lee? Apart from Congressman Steve King of Iowa, I have yet to hear key House Reps demand that the President enforce the immigration laws and send the illegal kids home.
Then we need to work through the State Department and our aid agencies to try to improve living conditions all around the world.
But the thing is, kids in California are suffering, too. What about the kids in California. Nine kids sued in California sued Governor Brown for violating their civil rights. It's about the kids in California. We have finite resources. Whose going to stand up for the kids in California?
If the Governor of California refuses to fight for them, I'm going to fight for California kids first.
That's right. Even in more affluent areas, families are struggling to make ends meet. Individuals wonder if they will have a job at the end of the month (or the year), and students graduate from high school facing major financial and resource challenges to find good schools to get the best education.
"California Kids First." Sounds like the perfect campaign slogan for California Republicans in 2014 and 2016. GOP Presidential candidates should consider "US Kids First" in 2016, too.
One of the debate moderators attempted to shame the Republican into walking back his statement: "Where's the compassion?" Refusing to take the bait, staying true to principle, Kashkari countered:
|"Kashkari: "The solution to the world's problems |
is not an open border
In word (though not in deed), the two dueling heads of the Democratic Party are running to the right of Governor Brown on the immigration problem. Brown wants to appease liberal amnesty forces. He is scuttling whatever 2016 President prospects he may be entertaining. Using Democrats' words against them was a wise move in this debate, where President Obama's approval ratings have remained relatively high compared to the rest of the country.
We can't simply solve all the world's problems with an open border. We need to have sensible immigration laws. We need to embrace immigrants. We need to enforce our laws. And we need to take care of kids in California, Governor. They matter, too.
Well said. Instead of running away from the mature policy of strong borders and sensible immigration policies, Kashkari stood strong and declared "CA Kids first -- no open borders."
While key members of the California Congressional and state legislature have pressured Congress to pass amnesty, Kashkari declared on live television his opposition to open borders, lax non-enforcement of our immigration laws, and that compassion and enforcement are not mutually exclusive propositions.
Kashkari sounded more gubernatorial in this debate, more like a viable executive regarding the immigration issue.