Chairman of the Benghazi Committee Trey Gowdy (R-SC) spoke to reporters about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial comments on immigration as a 2016 issue.
Gowdy was in South Carolina at an event hosted by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee. “I wouldn’t just limit it to what one presidential candidate said,” Gowdy explained. He went on to say:
I don’t know if you saw what happened to San Francisco over the weekend, but someone who has been evicted from the country multiple times came back in and killed a totally innocent person who was simply walking… so anyone who thinks that the border is not porous, anyone who thinks the internal security is adequate, anyone frankly who wants to advocate for sanctuary cities – I get that that has a benign sounding name to it – but the sanctuary… should be for [the] law abiding, not the folks who aren’t following the law.
Huckabee echoed Gowdy’s comments and spoke tough on the issue of immigration, vowing to secure the border within the first year of his term if he is elected president in 2016.
“It’s inappropriate to think that one presidential candidate is making this an issue. Every presidential candidate has to address this, because it’s a major issue of the people of America,” Huckabee told reporters.
Huckabee said the solution to the issue of immigration must start with securing the border. He touted:
I pledge that as president within the first year of my term as president, we will secure the border. If that sounds a little bold or brash, it’s based on our own history – 73 years ago we built a 1700 mile road between British Columbia and Alaska … 73 years later to say that we can’t secure the border is nonsense. We can if we have the will. Americans don’t have animosity toward people wanting to immigrate here… but there’s a difference between having secure borders and opening the door for people who want to come and make America great and opening the door for people who want to come and hurt America and hurt Americans.
Huckabee said the secure border should serve to keep out those who are aiming to hurt Americans.
“A lot of people come here because they love this country – they love the opportunity,” he concluded, adding that controlling the borders will protect from those who don’t come to America for the opportunity.