Dr. Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president and former national security editor for Breitbart News, appeared on the Fox Business Network Wednesday to discuss House legislation which imposes tougher penalties on illegal aliens who reenter the country, and denies federal funds to so-called “sanctuary cities” that defy immigration law.
He also talked about the White House warning to the Syrian regime not to use chemical weapons again.
Gorka said the illegal immigration bills would accomplish “so very, very much.”
“The first one with regards to these criminal sanctuary cities, Bill 3003, will again start focusing on the safety of Americans in America,” he said.
“The idea that you can have cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration laws, that’s going to end. If they wish to do so, then the monies that they are getting in federal grants from the Department of Homeland Security and DOJ, they’re not going to get those monies any more.
“They will be reprogrammed to those cities and those communities that obey federal laws designed to keep Americans safe,” said Gorka.
“That law is incredibly important, no more sanctuary cities getting away with literally murder,” he said.
“Secondly, Kate Steinle’s Law, Bill 3004,” Gorka continued. “Remember this tragic story, a beautiful young woman cut down in her prime by an individual who had been deported five times. You heard that right: five times.”
Fox Business host Trish Regan interjected that Steinle’s killer had also been arrested seven times, “yet somehow he managed to keep coming into this country, and we allowed him to be here.
“Not ‘we,’” Gorka objected. “The Obama regime, which is what I call it, didn’t want the CBP, didn’t want DHS, to execute their mandate. You remember the catch-and-release policies allowing people off on their own recognizance.”
“Not anymore,” he vowed. “When this bill passes, individuals who have been deported before, if they try and come back they will get up to two years in federal prison. If we have convicted them here and then deported them, and they come back, they will get a maximum of 25 years in federal prison to keep Americans safe, Trish.”
Both of the bills Dr. Gorka discussed on Wednesday night passed the House on Thursday.
Regan took the opportunity to ask Gorka about the situation in Syria, where the White House this week warned dictator Bashar Assad not to proceed with another chemical weapons attack on his own people.
Gorka said he could not get into the “fine details” of U.S. intelligence on Syria’s chemical weapon activities, “because we don’t want our enemies to understand how we acquire this information.”
However, he said the intelligence was “related to the air force site we already hit with 59 cruise missiles, and it was clear indications, unequivocal indications, that they were preparing to make another chemical weapons attack.”
“The president drew a line in the sand, and he warned them that ‘if you do this again, there will be significant damage done to your forces and to your interests,’” Gorka said.
Regan asked how severe this damage would be, and if the Trump administration was prepared to enter a “real war” with Syria over its chemical weapons offenses.
“We are there to destroy ISIS. The president has deployed our capabilities to destroy and obliterate ISIS,” Gorka replied.
“We are not there to go to war with the Syrian regime, or Russia, or anybody else—but if you threaten our partners, if you threaten unarmed women and children, then we will take action. And if you threaten our forces, likewise.”
“It’s just a very clear warning: do not test President Trump, because this is a different kind of commander in chief,” Gorka said forcefully.
Pressed on whether this warning meant President Trump was ready to engage the Syrian military or even the Russians in combat, Gorka said, “We will not stand down if people are in danger—our forces, our partners, or our interests.”
“The use of chemical weapons against any innocent civilians, be they Syrians or otherwise, is a threat to global security,” he stated. “Could you imagine if those weapons get into the hands of groups like ISIS or al-Qaeda? We’re not going to let that happen.
“So we don’t give our game plan away, but the fact is the message is very clear: Don’t do it, Damascus,” Gorka reiterated.