GOP presidential hopeful and Ohio Gov. John Kasich scolded Americans who oppose unpopular, politically-engineered mass immigration policies, particularly birthright citizenship for illegal aliens’ anchor babies, telling radio host Laura Ingraham “frustrated” Americans should “count their blessings.”
Kasich also declared, on Tuesday, America passed “laws” that rubber stamp every kid born to illegal aliens as a “citizen.”
“This is Census Bureau numbers, or CIS numbers. There are 300,000 children who are born in the United States each year, neither parent an American citizen. What’s your reaction to that?” Ingraham asked.
“Well, I mean, we have laws here that say that if you’re born here in America you become a citizen—” Kasich began.
“There’s actually no law that says that. There’s no law that says that,” Ingraham said.
Seemingly caught off guard, Kasich continued to fumble: “Well, I think if you’re born here, my understanding is, I thought it was in the 14th Amendment that says equal protection—if you’re born here, you become a citizen. Am I wrong on that? If I’m wrong on it, I’ll be glad to—”
“Yeah, there’s a Citizenship Clause in the 14th Amendment, written by Howard Jacob, who himself said it was never meant to apply to foreigners, neither parent being an American citizen,” Ingraham said.
It was directed towards the slaves, of course, who were being continued to be abused in our society, who people wanted to consider less than an American citizen. And, they were ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof,’ which is the key phrase in that Constitutional provision. I think, we can quibble about the phrasing of the Constitution and what it really means, I think what’s happened and, again I don’t want to make this about Trump, this is about you, but I think the reason people are so frustrated—they’re frustrated, Governor, is things don’t seem fair. For people to come here, and, frankly Bush was right, a lot of folks who come here are Asians, they have birth hotels in Long Beach, and Arizona, and Texas. A lot of people come here because when they get that American passport for their kid, that’s an anchor. And, people say we’re not going to use anchor baby, that’s rude. Why is it rude? It’s a phrase, because that’s how people use birthright in this country to stay here and to be able to say, look, you’re not going to separate families are you, Governor, that would be horrible.
Kasich then lectured Americans, who are furious at foreigners taking advantage of our laws and both parties’ refusal to enforce them, to “count their blessings” instead. Worried about Mexican drug lords sending their wives across the border to give birth to anchor babies? Remember that you, too, came from humble beginnings!
“Let me just say something, you know, people are frustrated, but you know what, people also have to count their blessings here in the United States of America,” he said. “My father carried mail on his back. You came from humble beginnings. You’re one of the most popular radio talk show opinion leaders in the country, you’re on Fox News with O’Reilly, you substitute for him. I’m running for President of the United States. We’ve got problems in this country, but we ought to start counting some of our blessings.”
“So, you’re thinking people are upset for no reason? I mean, they haven’t gotten a wage increase in 17 years, Governor,” Ingraham said.
“No, no, no. You know what, no, I don’t like that. And, that’s because we’ve had bad economic policies,” Kasich said, seemingly unaware that immigration has helped cripple the economy. “But, we have a lot of good in America and we spend an awful lot of time in this country now talking about all the bad. We ought to at least spend 25 percent of our time talking about some of the great things that happen. Talk about the advances in medical care, the advances in education.”
Americans could also talk about how pretty daisies are and how adorable puppies can be. That’s less divisive than recognizing existential threats and developing strategies to counter them. Kasich should devote 25 percent of his time during the next GOP primary debate explaining that cookies and milk taste great while the adults in the room discuss other issues, such as national security.
Kasich has a history of confidently asserting his ignorance about giving automatic birthright citizenship to children of foreigners breaking our laws.
“This has been a long tradition in America. Let’s keep it as it is, and let’s move beyond it,” he said of automatic U.S. citizenship for illegal aliens’ anchor babies at the Education Summit in Londonderry, New Hampshire, according to CNN. Indeed: It’s been a whole 33 years since Justice William Brennan slipped in an inane footnote to the 1982 Plyler v. Doe ruling, declaring “no plausible distinction with respect to Fourteenth Amendment ‘jurisdiction’ can be drawn between resident aliens whose entry into the United States was lawful, and resident aliens whose entry was unlawful.” Absolutely no plausible distinction, besides the whole “lawful” and “unlawful” part. In Kasich’s mind, three decades of disastrous immigration policy, hinging on one leftist’s scribble, is an American “tradition” as sacred as peacefully transferring power from one president to the next.
Kasich recoils from the issue because it poses hard questions about who is American and who is not. In an era where nearly every candidate running for president of both parties sees themselves as globalists who happen to live in the same country as those flyover county rubes, Kasich aborts his crimethink before anyone can question him.
As CNN also noted in the same report: “Kasich told CNN’s Dana Bash in a recent interview that he changed his mind over time because the birthright issue was too divisive.”
“I think we need to get over that. I’m not for it anymore. Let these people who are born here be citizens and that’s the end of it. I don’t want to dwell on it,” he told Bash. In other words, to Kasich, imported Somali Muslims and their taxpayer-dependent, jihadi spawn and a Mexican druglord’s offspring are just as American as the descendants of British settlers and African slaves whose families have lived here for hundreds of years. Get over it, America.
Not that Kasich arrived at this conclusion out of moral conviction: The issue made him afraid of leftist journalists, so he dropped it.
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