Exclusive — Walker: We’d Be Sending in Navy to Stop Illegals if They Were Swarming Our Sea Ports Like They Do Southern Border

AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo
AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo

Republican Party 2016 primary frontrunner Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Breitbart News exclusively that if the invasion of illegal aliens that’s currently swarming across America’s southern border were coming in via America’s sea ports, the government would be sending in the Navy to stop it. Instead, the federal government—despite not having to at all—chooses, he says, to leave the U.S. border with Mexico wide open.

Walker said in an interview over Memorial Day Weekend:

Earlier this year I went out with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for his invitation—I was thrilled to go with him not just up in a helicopter for the day, but we went down to the border and didn’t just see it from the air. To meet with Texas Public Safety, to meet with local officials, as well as with many of the fine people who are in U.S. Border Patrol down there—and to just to see the massive challenges, more so in meetings than they even showed me up in the air—they clearly, clearly showed to me in video and any number of reports that this is a matter of safety. This is a matter of national security. This is truly a matter national sovereignty, in that if we were having people penetrate our water-based ports throughout the Gulf [of Mexico] or either coast, we’d be taking swift action initially with the Coast Guard and eventually probably with the Navy. Yet, we have international criminal organizations seeking to penetrate our land-based borders to the south—the push for drugs, for firearms and increasingly for people from a trafficking standpoint—it’s just horrific we’re not taking more action to truly secure that border.

Walker discussed with Breitbart News how on his trip to the border, officials showed to him that the list of country of origin of illegal aliens shows people from nations with terrorism ties trying to get into the U.S.  Walker said:

We were there with Public Safety and one of the things they pointed out was they shared with us the list from just the beginning of the year here in 2015 of all the countries of origin. Many are not from Mexico or Central America or even South America. There are many from other places around the world including many places in the world where obviously there’s some concerns about terrorist-related activity and some of that. That’s what I pointed out: You look at what people are coming across the border, there are any number of reasons out there. People say ‘oh we can’t secure the border.’ I disagree. I was just in Israel where they have something like 500 miles of fencing up and when they did that it dramatically lowered the number of terrorist-related attacks and they saw like a 90 percent reduction [in illegal immigration]. They’re a much, much, much smaller country than we are and we’re talking about a southern border that’s larger than that—but really only about four times larger than their entire country. It just shows me though that with investments in infrastructure, personnel and technology, there’s no reason why we can’t secure that border. When I suggested this before, one of the more cynical reporters from another national outlet suggested to me ‘well, governor, the number of crossings is down, what level do you find acceptable?’ I said back to this reporter, ‘well, you stand in line at TSA at the airport, to see that your bags are scanned to make sure there’s no explosives on the airplane, what level of success do you find to be successful?’

Walker also talked about his strong pro-American worker position on immigration—and how he plans to put Americans ahead of special interests and foreigners, if and when he’s elected president, when it comes to immigration. He said:

I just think it’s an important policy overall. I get why the political class is rumbling around out there but I’m just saying give priority to American working families and their wages and that we want to strengthen the American economy. Who can be against that? I’ve yet to find somebody who when talking about those terms that that’s not a logical thing and yet I’m surprised how many others are reluctant to share the same sentiment out there. For me, not only those like myself who were born here but even the people over the years who have come here legally, again my stance is our priority should be for those who are working families whether they were born here like me or have come here through the legal process—if you’re in America and here working the right way. It’s the number one priority when we talk about legal immigration. I think it’s a smart approach moving forward and I think it’s rational to look at in other ways and I think it’s one where Republicans have ignored talking about the impact on American workers and strengthening working families.

He also compared his pro-worker position on labor unions—how he battled special interests in Wisconsin—to the fight that lay ahead against special interests pushing for amnesty and comprehensive immigration reform that hurts Americans. Walker continued:

What I did was try to gather up part of what I did when we took on the unions was that I took power away from big government special interests and put it in the hands of the hardworking taxpayer. It’s why in the recall election much to many people’s surprise one of the exit polls showed that nearly 40 percent of the self-described union households actually voted for me because if you’re someone working hard in a factory and you’re paying for your pension and you’re paying high property taxes you’re just as appreciative of the reforms as somebody who might be working in a different place. I’m always amazed that people are surprised that if you look out for hardworking people, they’re going to appreciate it.

Walker targeting the pro-amnesty community is a natural extension of his work to rein in special labor interests from big unions. In fact, most of the same players he’s tussled with in union-world are aligned behind amnesty—and they’ve got allies in the GOP as well as special interests like the Chamber of Commerce, big business groups, and Wall Street elites—so Walker moving forward with this is likely to help him win the same way he won against the left in blue Wisconsin.

“Words aren’t enough, it’s not enough to talk about it—we have to get them up and make them act and and make them move and get this thing done,” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said in April 2013 when endorsing the Senate “Gang of Eight” bill from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), one of Walker’s chief 2016opponents. “The time for talk is behind us, brothers and sisters, now’s the time for very important action because America really does need real immigration reform. We demand this reform include—it must include—a clear, realistic, practical roadmap to citizenship for every and I mean every aspiring American out there right now.”

Since former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—one of amnesty’s biggest proponents—has now backed off his previous support for citizenship for illegal aliens (he wants to give them amnesty via legal status), that means Rubio is the only candidate who still stands with the AFL-CIO and their brothers in the Chamber of Commerce wanting to give illegal aliens full blown American citizenship. That means Walker, the anti-special interest union battler, has an even better opportunity to fight Rubio—who’s quickly becoming the establishment’s go-to candidate as Bush falters frequently and fails to gain traction on the campaign trail—and his liberal immigration position.

Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), laid out why unions have abandoned Americans when it comes to immigration—they used to support standing up for American workers—and it comes down to purely political power calculations by the bosses.

“It’s not just that unions are looking for more warm bodies to recruit, they’ve undergone a basic cultural change at the top to become culturally leftist in ways they weren’t before,” Krikorian told Talking Points Memo back in 2013. “Americans have pretty much given up on organized labor, so organized labor is giving up on Americans.”

In fact, Walker’s battle highlights an abandonment of the principles on which unions—and everyone else—used to agree. Samuel Gompers, the first president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL)—which would eventually become the AFL-CIO—strongly disagreed with the Rubio-Trumka position on immigration. Gompers wrote in the 1920s:

Those who favor unrestricted immigration care nothing for the people. They are simply desirous of flooding the country with unskilled as well as skilled labor of other lands for the purpose of breaking down American standards. You must not forget that if low wages, long hours of employment and unbearable working conditions are signs of prosperity China and India would be the greatest commercial and industrial countries in the world. They have no strikes in China. It is the Utopia of the ‘open Shop.’ America, however, where men are free to voice their desires for greater and still greater advancement in economic conditions, is the greatest country on earth. Its people live better than anywhere else, and the trade unions are responsible for maintaining those standards.

In fact, in Trumka’s ardent quest to push Rubio’s amnesty through the Senate, he snubbed one of his own membership groups—the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers union.

Carl Horowitz wrote for the National Legal and Policy Center:

The AFL-CIO normally is quick to defend the interests of its 57 member unions. But the Washington, D.C.-based labor federation seems happy to make an exception in the case of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council. And the reason lies with the union’s objections to the new Senate proposal to grant amnesty to virtually all 11 million or more illegal immigrants and expand work visa availability. In its current form, argue council officials, the measure would hamstring ICE agents from protecting the public from dangerous criminals. Toward that end, Council President Chris Crane and nine other members last August filed suit against three top immigration officials in their carrying out of a June executive order by President Obama. And they’re still getting the cold shoulder, especially from their own AFL-CIO. So, in fact, are a couple of other AFL-CIO enforcement unions.

Walker’s comments on securing America from immigration threats come after the liberal BuzzFeed writer Andrew Kaczynski ran a shock-and-awe story about how Walker told an Oklahoma audience last week about how a “good number” of people coming into the United States have “other motives” than working here and becoming Americans.

“Increasingly, when you look at the list, when I was down there earlier in the year, at the countries of origin, it’s not just Mexico, it’s not central America, or even South America,” Walker said in remarks that were pushed as somehow controversial by Democratic opposition research firm American Bridge to BuzzFeed, adding: “There’s a good number from Indonesia, there are from Morocco, and other places around the world, many of whom aren’t looking for work in the United States. They’ve got other motives and we need to wake up to that. So, securing the border is important, and on the larger part on immigration, securing the border is a key part of immigration.”

Right after Walker’s comments broke on BuzzFeed, however, Iowa’s senior senator, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)—the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee—revealed that someone, who not only is an illegal alien but received President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty, is an alleged child molester.

“Recent press accounts have reported that Edgar Covarrubias-Padilla, a night counselor at a popular science camp in California, was charged with sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy along with distribution and possession of child pornography,” Grassley wrote to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson. “Mr. Covarrubias-Padilla allegedly applied for and received deferred action under the DACA program. On Monday, Covarrubias was charged with four felonies, which included possession and distribution of more than 600 child porn images and a charge for lewd and lascivious act with a child under 14.”

In fact, conservative commentator and 10-time New York Times bestselling author Ann Coulter’s new book “Adios America: The Left’s Plan To Turn Our Country Into a Third World HellHole,” will expose much of this as well. In an interview that will air on Fusion with Jorge Ramos later on Tuesday evening, Coulter hammers how there are nefarious forces coming into America—and how it’s making the U.S. much more dangerous for Americans.

“I have a little tip. If you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria. If you don’t want to be killed by a Mexican, there’s nothing I can tell you,” Coulter told Ramos.

“Very easy to not be killed by ISIS. Don’t fly to Syria,” she added.


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