Immigration

William Gheen: Terrorists Not Attacking US Because They're 'Pleased' With Obama

In an interview with WorldNetDaily today, anti-immigrant activist William Gheen insists that “large numbers of terrorists” have come through the southern border but “they are not attacking us is because they are so pleased with the way things are going under President Obama.”

“If there were another 9/11 style attack, it would increase the public pressures to secure the border,” the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC leader explains. “Illegal immigration and Obama are doing more to destroy America than any terrorist attack could ever hope to achieve, so why would any terrorist want to upset what is already happening?”

William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC or ALIPAC, said Babeu is just the latest in a long line of sheriffs growing increasingly frustrated by the federal government’s lack of interest in border security.

“Here you have a sheriff trying to do his job with no support,” said Gheen. “Large numbers of terrorists have already exploited the inadequate patrol of our borders, and the reason they are not attacking us is because they are so pleased with the way things are going under President Obama.”

Gheen said he believes thousands of potential terrorists have entered the country but are not attempting any attacks because they are quite happy with current policies coming out of the White House and the feeble Republican leadership.

“If there were another 9/11 style attack, it would increase the public pressures to secure the border. Illegal immigration and Obama are doing more to destroy America than any terrorist attack could ever hope to achieve, so why would any terrorist want to upset what is already happening?” Gheen asked. “The cartels are the same. We know there are thousands of cartel members all around us in America, but they’re not killing in the volumes they do in Central and South American because their agenda is proceeding and they are harvesting billions of dollars of wealth in America by turning our children into addicts of their chemical weapons, primarily cocaine and methamphetamine.”

Gheen said that while the main culprit right now is Obama and his administration, “he is being facilitated and assisted by Republicans in Congress,” such as Rep. John Boehner, R-Ill., and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., along with the Republican National Committee and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Bryan Fischer Wants To Require All Immigrants To Convert To Christianity

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer recommended that the United States adopt an immigration policy based upon the Bible, meaning that all immigrants must convert to Christianity and completely leave behind their native practices, beliefs, culture, and language.

If we "did immigration God's way," Fischer said, that would mean that "those who came to our shores would be expected to adopt our religious values and traditions — that would mean Christianity and not Islam — and they would leave behind their religion and their god."

"That would mean leaving behind Islam and Allah," he explained, as well as adopting Judeo-Christian values, which means they they would not be allowed to complain about the sale or consumption of bacon or the inability to obtain Halal foods.

"If this were to happen," he concluded, "we would have one god, we would have one law, we would have one culture, and we would have one language":

Interestingly, Fischer made this recommendation once before but the idea was so outrageous that the American Family Association yanked his original column and changed it.  Despite that, Fischer, of course, has not actually changed his views one iota.

Texas GOPer Hints Of War At Border To Stop Immigrants From Taking 'Free Stuff'

Earlier this month, the Texas Observer dug up video of a speech given by Texas Republican state House candidate Tony Tinderholt — a Tea Party favorite who is expected to win and has received campaign help from Sen. Ted Cruz — sounding off about immigration at a July meeting.

Tinderholt said that “we are being thieved” by undocumented immigrants who are “taking the lifeblood of our country.” He conceded that immigrants want a better life, “but that better life for them is free stuff.”

He then suggested that the U.S. deploy the military to the southern border, starting a conflict in which “people are going to die.”

Watch the full video of Tinderholt’s remarks at the Texas Observer.

Rep. Mo Brooks: Immigration A Plot To 'Dilute The Voting Power Of Americans'

In an interview with a home-state radio station yesterday, Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama warned that immigration reform is a “political power play” by Democrats to “dilute the voting power of Americans who are alive and voting today” and “change America as we know it.”

Brooks made the remarks in an interview with Dale Jackson of WVNN.

Brooks attacked Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, who has been a leader in the push for comprehensive immigration reform. “He is open borders, he would just as soon the United States be coopted by Mexico and the other Central American countries,” Brooks said.

“He is clearly front and center among the Democrats who believe that this is a tremendous voter registration drive that they can use to dilute the voting influence of today’s American citizenry. So that’s where he’s coming from. It’s a pure political power play on his part to dilute the voting power of Americans who are alive and voting today.”

Brooks warned of “a mass migration from southern nations into the United States.”

“Once those folks are given amnesty and eventually put on a path to citizenship and eventually getting voting rights, plus having voting rights, plus having kids in the meantime who are immediately American citizens, all of that will build up more pressure on giving more pressure for giving more amnesty for more illegal aliens,” he warned. “And it will build up pressure for opening the borders so that there is no border on the south side of the United States of America, that anybody from Mexico, Central America or even South America can come in an expect to be given all the privileges of United States citizens.”

“That’s where these guys are coming from. They will change America as we know it. They will change the nation that for seven decades has been the greatest nation in world history,” he said.

Rhetoric on ISIS Shows the Right Wing Is Out of Touch with Reality

It’s not hard to understand that the Right Wing is out of touch, but sometimes it is hard to recognize just how out of touch its leaders really are.

Take, for instance, ISIS, the group of radical militants committing atrocities across Iraq and Syria, recently beheading two American journalists among many others. It’s a scary organization, but to the Right, it’s not as scary as, say, comprehensive immigration reform.

To Pat Buchanan, the threat of immigration and the “decomposition of this country” is significantly greater than that of ISIS. William Gheen of the anti-immigrant group Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC) also claimed that undocumented immigrants are a greater threat to America than ISIS since, according to Gheen, “ISIS could cut off the heads of journalists once a month for the next five years and that’s not going to destroy America, but Obama’s pumping of illegal immigrants into the country will.”

Nor is immigration the only domestic issue the Right thinks bears a resemblance to a vicious foreign threat.

Vic Eliason and Mat Staver last week linked same-sex marriage in the U.S. to the beheadings by ISIS. According to Eliason and Staver, gay rights advocates are destroying morality and biblical values and creating an anything-goes society where people do whatever they need to—killing or beheading—to get what they want, just like ISIS.

What’s terrifying about these comments isn’t that they’re extreme, but that these right wing figures aren’t speaking in a vacuum. Their audience continues to represent an important part of the GOP base, and in some cases these speakers have a direct line to Republican politicians.

As progressives, we can’t ignore this extremism just because it seems disconnected from reality. For the far right, that’s never been an obstacle at all.

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Newt Gingrich: Immigrants Could Be Bringing Ebola Across The Southern Border

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the latest anti-immigrant Republican to claim, with absolutely no evidence, that undocumented immigrants could be sneaking across the southern border carrying Ebola, a disease that is currently contained in a handful of countries in West Africa.

Roll Call reports that Gingrich and Tom DeLay, who served alongside him as majority whip, fielded questions about immigration at a reunion last night for members of the House GOP class of 1994:

Gingrich and DeLay also fielded questions about immigration policy, though neither acknowledged the growing realization among many of their peers that if the GOP doesn’t take some affirmative stance on the issue in the next two years, they could pay for it at the polls in 2016.

Gingrich said a porous border meant undocumented individuals could come into the United States carrying Ebola. Wicker piped in that if Congress were ever to try again to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul legislation, it would have to be piecemeal, and the very first bill — a border security bill — would need to be signed into law by the president before lawmakers did anything else.

DeLay said that he didn’t support “amnesty,” per se, but did think the GOP needed to do “some sort of visa reform” to allow immigrants to “come and work honestly” in the country.

The Ebola claim is just the most extreme manifestation of the anti-immigrant movement’s baseless attempts to link undocumented immigrants — particularly the wave of children fleeing violence in Central America — to disease, an age-old strategy meant to stir up anti-immigrant hysteria.

GOP on Immigration: No Wonder Poll Shows Latinos Prefer Democrat-Controlled Congress

A poll released last week by NBC/WSJ/Telemundo showed that Latinos prefer to see a Democrat-controlled Congress over a Republican one by a 2 to 1 margin, even while being frustrated with Washington as a whole. That’s no surprise considering the intolerant rhetoric coming from the Right Wing about immigration.

One need only to look at the last few weeks to appreciate the tenor of rhetoric coming from the GOP and its allies:

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Ted Cruz Raises Money For Ted Cruz With Anti-Immigration Reform Campaign

Sen. Ted Cruz is out with a new effort today opposing President Obama’s possible executive action preventing the deportation of many undocumented immigrants living in the U.S…and in the process is raising money and collecting email addresses for Sen. Ted Cruz.

In a new website and online video, Cruz incorrectly links the crisis of unaccompanied minors at the southern border with Obama’s executive order deferring deportation for DREAMers. A voiceover in the online video says, “we cannot hope to address the crisis on the border without first addressing the fundamental cause of it,” before showing a still shot of someone climbing over the border fence.

But luckily, Cruz is here to save the day! “Senator Ted Cruz is leading the fight to secure the border, stop Obama’s amnesty and celebrate legal immigration,” he voiceover says.

The website, “StopObamasAmnesty.com,” then leads visitors to give Cruz’s fundraisers their email addresses and to donate to Cruz’s joint fundraising committee. The committee has raised over $4 million so far in this election cycle, much of it during the government shutdown that he orchestrated.

This summer, Cruz successfully lobbied a number of GOP House members to block a bill to handle the crisis of unaccompanied minors on the border. So, once again, Cruz is fundraising off a problem that he personally prevented the government from trying to solve.

h/t Center for New Community

FAIR: Immigration Will Cause US To 'Fall Apart' Like Iraq

Dan Stein, president of the misleadingly named anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), told a radio host in Florida last week that only anti-immigrant activists like himself could save America from Iraq-like collapse.

“After we saw Iraq fall apart, a lot of us are wondering, are we going to see the same post-Obama disaster from, what, eight years of his decimating our immigration control apparatus” Stein asked host Joyce Kaufman on Tuesday.

Later in the interview, Kaufman lamented that too many news hosts are afraid of being “called a bigot, or anti-Hispanic, anti-Islamic.”

Stein responded that it was “brave” people like himself and Kaufman would save America from collapse: “Because in the end, you have to hope civilization will go forward and civilization will produce better political leadership in the future and more knowledgeable people who have a better sweep understanding of history, world history, who have a better appreciation of what is at stake if our civilization crumbles and collapses in this country.”

Stein: Even the New York Times is beginning to talk about the apparent disconnect between the real world, the world as we find it, and the president’s apparent worldview. And after we saw Iraq fall apart, a lot of us are wondering, are we going to see the same post-Obama disaster from, what, eight years of his decimating our immigration control apparatus? There’s a lot of stake in this issue.

Kaufman: The average TV anchor doesn’t want to be called a bigot, or anti-Hispanic, anti-Islamic, they can’t take it.

Stein: Well, there are, look, somebody once told me years ago, most people are cowards. But there are brave people like yourself, your listeners, hopefully most of us at FAIR, and people across the country who will not relent, will not give up. Because in the end, you have to hope civilization will go forward and civilization will produce better political leadership in the future and more knowledgeable people who have a better sweep understanding of history, world history, who have a better appreciation of what is at stake if our civilization crumbles and collapses in this country. And only by holding the light, the beacon of light, carried forward to get us through this very difficult period can we move on to greener pastures.

Michael Savage: Obama Is Wiping Out Americans Through Diseases Carried By Migrant Kids

Conservative talk show host Michael Savage said yesterday that Congress should impeach President Obama over his handling of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border, saying that the president wants America to be “invaded by Third Worlders who are diseased.”

Savage said Obama is deliberately “dumping these children” in the U.S. so they can bring exotic diseases that will “wipe out” Americans.

As we have noted, there is absolutely no evidence of a connection between the Central American children and an outbreak of a respiratory illness in the Midwest.

Of course, Savage insists that he is “just asking the question” whether “Obama’s dumping of illegal aliens into America” led to an outbreak of disease.

“I can’t prove it,” he noted, before ranting against the “Stalinists” at the CDC who don’t believe his conspiracy theory.

Jim Gilchrist Regrets He Can’t Take Up Arms To Stop 'Tyrannical' Obama From Imposing 'One-Party Communism'

In an interview with Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg yesterday, Jim Gilchrist of the anti-immigrant vigilante group the Minuteman Project, lamented that he is unable to take up arms against a “tyrannical” U.S. government that will use both legal and illegal immigration to impose Chinese-style “one-party communism.”

“This is a politically inspired ploy by the Democratic Party that has been going on for decades to lure as many people from all around the world — it doesn’t matter if they’re here legally or illegally — lure them in,” he said. He predicted that new immigrants, once granted voting rights, will overwhelmingly support Democrats “and for the first time in the history of the United States, we will be a solid one-party system. It’s the same kind of system they have in China, it’s called one-party communism.”

“This is offensive,” Gilchrist raged. “What are we going to do? We can’t do anything. We have a tyrannical government and a wayward Congress who for the past two decades have let this happen.”

“You, your audience and me, we are essentially Americans without a country,” he added. “And what are we going to do about it? We can’t take up arms, we’ll be shot dead in the street. We use the First Amendment to peacefully engage and bring our grievances forward, and no one listens to us.”

Louie Gohmert Reminds America 'It's Not Just Foreign People That Have Dreams'

In an appearance on the radio show “Point of View” last week, Rep. Louie Gohmert took issue with the use of the term “DREAMers” to refer to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

“People here need to understand, it’s not just foreign people that have dreams,” Gohmert said. “They say, ‘Oh, they’re the DREAMers.’ We’ve got children of our own that have dreams that will never be realized.”

Gohmert went on to compare the thousands of Central American children who have come to the southern border of the U.S. after fleeing drug-related violence in their home countries to North Korean defectors, who he said make a “good neighbor” by comparison.

“And I mentioned that I’ve met with North Koreans before, children and people that they want their families to be free,” he said. “But they’re not asking us to bring millions of people over from Korea. They’re saying, help us make our own country safer. That would be a good neighbor.”

Of course, while very few North Korean refugees have made it to the United States, there are tens of thousands living in neighboring China, which has built a fence along its North Korean border.

David Dewhurst: Unaccompanied Minors Are A 'Mirage'

Speaking with Tony Perkins on yesterday’s edition of “Washington Watch,” Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst said that unaccompanied minors fleeing drug-related violence in Central America are just a distraction engineered by President Obama.

“This whole conversation about the unaccompanied children, ladies and gentlemen, this is a mirage, it is a public relations effort, this is an effort by the Obama administration to divert your attention,” he said.

Dewhurst said the children are a small share of the immigrant population compared to the many criminals he said are crossing the border.

Citing Zero Evidence, Right-Wing Media Blames Respiratory Disease Outbreak On Migrant Kids

The right-wing media is so eager to find evidence that Central American child migrants are bringing diseases into the U.S. that they have now found an outbreak to blame on the kids. The only problem? There is absolutely no evidence of a connection.

WorldNetDaily breathlessly reports today on speculation by right-wing radio host Michael Savage that an increase in patients with a severe respiratory illness in two hospitals in Kansas City and Chicago is linked to Central American children:

On his show, Savage also excoriated the government agency, stating, “The CDC is claiming they don’t know why this rhinovirus is suddenly breaking out in your area. … Don’t you think it would be rational to say, ‘Wait a minute. Let’s look at these clusters to see if these kids are in schools where Obama dumped illegal aliens? You know that the government will not release the schools or the districts when they move these kids from Guatemala into this country? They won’t even disclose where they are?”

Rush Limbaugh also speculated about a connection:

Limbaugh asked, “Are the two stories related or are they not? Does this sweeping, mysterious virus that’s multiplying across the Midwest, does it have anything to do with it or not? We don’t know. That’s the answer. We just don’t know. But some people think there may be some kind of a connection.”

WND even provided this helpful map, which when you look at it doesn’t actually appear to show any pattern at all:

And, when you get further into WND’s story, you learn that the actual experts they contacted were quick to dismiss the idea of a connection between child migrants and the disease. A CDS spokesman told WND that there was “no connection”:

Benjamin N. Haynes, CDC senior spokesman for the infectious disease team, told WND there’s “no connection” between the virus outbreak and the Obama administration’s relocation of illegal aliens across America who have come across the U.S.-Mexico border.

And a spokesman for one of the hospitals said that the cases they were dealing with came from their “usual demographic”:

A spokesman for the University of Chicago Medical Center told WND, “At the University of Chicago Medicine, these cases we have seen have been typical of our usual demographic, from all walks of life.”

As it happens, this is the second time in two weeks that we've seen a right-wing news outlet accidentally debunk its own story on child migrants and disease.

Pat Buchanan: Immigrants A Greater Threat Than ISIS

In an interview with Laura Ingraham yesterday, Pat Buchanan warned that immigration and the resulting “decomposition of this country socially, culturally, politically” is more of a danger to the U.S. than the terrorists of ISIS.

“Look, we’d better realize here that the United States itself is in tremendous long-term danger, I think, and the bleeding border along our southern border, the mass movement of people from all over the world into this country, the decomposition of this country socially and culturally, politically, all of these things, it seems to me, are far greater long-term threats to the United States than even those dreadful characters over there in Syria or Iraq beheading people,” Buchanan said in audio captured by WorldNetDaily.

Buchanan went on to echo Phyllis Schlafly’s warning that new immigrants will largely vote Democratic, thereby destroying America.

Schlafly: Immigrants Will Destroy America If They Don't Vote Republican

In an interview with WorldNetDaily over the weekend, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly said the immigrant “invasion” threatens the stability and future of America because it may undermine the electoral prospects of the Republican Party.

Warning that immigrants are liberals “who are not accustomed to our ideas of self-government and limited government” and “expect government to take care of them,” Schlafly said they will lead to the demise of the GOP, bringing America down with it: “Well, it might take 50 years, but meanwhile the Republican Party will be dead. Maybe so will the U.S.”

Even at the age of 90, she’s still not done; her latest book “Who Killed the American Family?” will be released by WND Books later this month.

In it, she finds the American family under attack from a range of forces, including feminists, judges, lawmakers, psychologists, universities, the media and illegal immigration.

She sees President Obama and other Democratic leaders as complicit in the importation of people who don’t share the American value of self-reliance.

“The Democrats know perfectly well that the people coming in are people who are not accustomed to our ideas of self-government and limited government, and they expect government to take care of them, and that’s what we’re doing,” Schlafly said in an interview.



The Eagle Forum in February issued a report called “How Mass (Legal) Immigration Dooms a Conservative Republican Party.”

The premise was that the vast majority of immigrants in the U.S. have liberal policy preferences, according to survey data from numerous sources. These liberal preferences cannot be overcome by better GOP messaging or Republican support of amnesty for the current illegal population.

According to the report, the only hope for the Republican Party to remain viable as a national conservative party is to restrict the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country each year.

The report dealt mostly with legal immigration, but since it came out, the southern U.S. border has seen a tremendous surge of illegal crossers, many of them children and teenagers. Schlafly is just as adamant about these illegal immigrants as she is about the others.

“I think they ought to be put on buses and sent back immediately,” she said. “There’s no reason to let them in. They say they have to go before some court. They don’t need to go before some court. It’s an invasion of people we don’t want in this country, and they ought to be sent back.”



“Well, it might take 50 years, but meanwhile the Republican Party will be dead. Maybe so will the U.S.,” she said.

The Big Lies That Are Delaying Immigration Reform

President Obama announced this weekend that he is delaying a planned executive action to prevent the deportation of many of the undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

In an interview with Chuck Todd, Obama pinned the delay on Americans’ reactions to the thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America fleeing to the southern border this summer: “This problem with unaccompanied children that we saw a couple weeks ago, where you had from Central America a surge of kids who are showing up at the border, got a lot of attention. And a lot of Americans started thinking, 'We've got this immigration crisis on our hands.’”

Obama appears to have been referring to the anti-immigrant movement’s success at pushing two big lies about the unaccompanied minors: first, that they illustrated lax border enforcement and second, that they were lured by Obama's immigration policies.

The first big lie, that the unaccompanied minors exhibited weakness of border enforcement, was far from the truth. In fact, most of the unaccompanied minors sought out border patrol officials in an effort to seek asylum.

However, the anti-immigrant movement and Republican allies sought to exploit the crisis to push their “enforcement first” message on immigration reform. Texas Gov. Rick Perry dispatched hundreds of members of the Texas National Guard to the border, who have found themselves with little to do. A GOP bill to address the border crisis, designed by Rep. Steve King, provided funds for even more states to send National Guard troops to the border. Meanwhile, the anti-immigrant right pushed any number of conspiracy theories about the child “invaders,” including that they were bringing exotic diseases including Ebola into the country and might even be “trained as warriors ” to fight Americans.

The second big lie was the Right’s effort to tie the unaccompanied minors to President Obama’s executive order deferring deportation for some DREAMers. House Republicans promoted this myth when they voted to repeal the deportation relief for DREAMers as a response to the unaccompanied minors crisis. But, as we wrote at the time, that argument is based on anti-immigrant fearmongering, not on fact:

As soon as the border crisis became national news, anti-immigrant groups started trying to blame it on Obama’s DACA order. But the link just wasn’t there.

The reality is that the border crisis is a separate issue altogether. The number of unaccompanied minors from Central America fleeing to the southern border started growing far before the DACA order in response to increasing drug-war-related violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Anti-immigrant advocates also cite rumors among migrants that those who come to the United States are given a “permiso,” or permit, to stay. But stories on this rumor make clear that it stems from notices to appear in court that are given to some undocumented immigrants who are allowed to stay in the country while their cases are pending, and has nothing to do with the DREAM Act or DACA.

Top Anti-Immigrant Activist Charged With Sexual Abuse

Maryland GOP politician Michael Hethmon, who also serves as senior counsel for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, has been charged with child sexual abuse over claims that he molested an 8-year-old girl, according to WUSA.

The IRLI is the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, and Hethmon worked with Kris Kobach, who is now the Secretary of State of Kansas, to push anti-immigrant laws across the country and provide legal advice to anti-immigrant lawmakers.

Hethmon has warned that immigration is a threat to the country’s white majority and will lead to violence, and especially focused on creating policies that would lead to “self-deportation.”

WUSA reports:

The 60-year-old is now accused with molesting an 8-year-old girl Sunday on his farm off Croom Road in Upper Marlboro.

According to court records, the girl's mother is a nurse practitioner helping Hethmon care for his elderly father at the home. Investigators claim Hethmon was with the 8-year-old outside a barn on the property when he offered to brush hay off her. The child alleged Hethmon put his hands inside her pants and touched her sexually. Hethmon then attempted to put the victim's hand inside his pants, court records say.

The child ran to tell her mother, who reported the incident to police.

Hethmon declined to speak with WUSA9 via phone on Thursday.

In addition to running for the house of delegates, Hethmon is the senior counsel at the Immigration Reform Law Institute in Washington, an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center has linked to a hate group targeting immigrants.

Hethmon has helped states, such as Arizona, and counties, such as Prince William in Virginia, write controversial tough legislation that allows local police and governments to crack down on illegal immigrants, hoping to force them to move away.

With the child sex charges here in Prince George's Now Hethmon is facing his own legal problems. He's currently free on bail.

Jim Gilchrist Warns Of Future 'Islamic President' Who Will Enforce Sharia Law Through Executive Order

The Minuteman Project’s Jim Gilchrist appeared on Dove TV earlier this week, where he warned that an increasingly powerful federal government under “presidents current and past” might eventually lead to an “Islamic president” who will “give an executive order that we will all now obey Sharia law.”

Gilchrist warned that the federal government is ignoring the rule of law by rebuffing states seeking to implement harsh anti-immigrant measures, arguing that such actions pave the way for Sharia: “For some reason [they believe] the central government should control everyone, control our lives. What’s going to be next, Sharia law?”

“Many of us are now beginning not only to fear our government but to despise it, I don’t mean in a hateful way, but in a very, very distrustful way,” he said.

But he was not so concerned about California, whose pro-immigrant policies he called “a cancer.”

“This is insane, it’s absurd, it’s like living in a home with no doors and let strangers come in and have their way with your family members, with your stuff, with your property,” he said.

Anti-Immigrant Activist On Deporting Child Refugees: 'We're All Going To Die Someday'

Yesterday, the Daily Show aired an interview with the Minuteman Project’s Jim Gilchrist on his plan to patrol the border with vigilante groups to stop what he calls a “Trojan Horse invasion” of Central American children fleeing violence in their home countries. Gilchrist dismissed concerns about the safety of the children — at least five of whom have been murdered after being deported from the U.S — in home countries that are plagued by drug-related violence.

“It’s unfortunate, but throughout history there have been children in one country who could not get to another country,” Gilchrist told the Daily Show’s Michael Che. “We’re all going to die someday. We can’t stop that.”

Trying to catch himself, Gilchrist added, “I’m not giving a death wish on these children coming here or the illegal aliens, I’m just saying that there are some things, realistically, you cannot stop.”

Back in July, Gilchrist sympathized with a caller to a radio show who suggested putting the child migrants in a prison camp and gassing them to death.

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