That was the headline yesterday from the Fox News Sunday program with Chris Wallace. I was away at immigration meetings in Washington all weekend and missed this, one of my favorite shows, Fox News Sunday.
I can report that Immigration control activists from across the country are delighted with recent legal victories and with the enormous attention the issue is getting in this Republican primary season. One of the four major issues, according to Politico and outlined by Cain on Wallace’s show that hurts NJ Governor Chris Christie (should he get in the race), is immigration.
Politico directs us to a speech Christie gave before the Latino Leadership Alliance of NJ in 2008 in which he said he rejects the phrase “illegal immigrant.”
Christie spoke in detail on the issue in 2008, when he spoke before the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey at a Dover, N.J., church, where he repudiated the term “illegal immigrant.”
“‘Being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime,” Christie said in April 2008.”The whole phrase of ‘illegal immigrant’ connotes that the person, by just being here, is committing a crime.”
And he rejected an immigration role not just for local law enforcement but for federal agencies outside the DHS Immigration Control and Enforcement division.
“Don’t let people make you believe that that’s a crime that the U.S. Attorney’s Office should be doing something about,” he said at the same event. of entering the country illegally. “It is not.” It is, he said, “an administrative matter.”
Coming across the border illegally is not illegal…hummmm!