State Rep. Lenar Whitney, a Republican who is seeking the Baton Rouge-based 6th Congressional District seat, continues to speak out on the border crisis.
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Today, Whitney is releasing a 2 minute, 41 second video, again, slamming President Barack Obama’s response to the ongoing immigration issue and flood of immigrant children attempting to cross the border from Central America. Last week, Whitney asked supporters to sign a petition decrying the border situation.
In today’s video, Whitney says Obama is “too busy drinking beer and shooting pool” to deal with the crisis.
“The Rule of Law is being ignored, by politicians seeking to gain political advantage from a new wave of undocumented immigrants. This insanity must stop. Immediately. We need to secure the border!” Whitney says in the video.
She urges Congress to appropriate money for a border fence and compares the Texas/Mexico border to the South Korea/North Korea border.
Media have reported that tens of thousands of Central American youths — unaccompanied minors – have been caught crossing the U.S. border since October. (Read more about the situation here and here.)
Whitney is one of eight Republican candidates running in the Nov. 4 election to replace U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate. She gained some attention previously for controversial remarks on climate change.
Whitney isn’t the only Louisiana legislator eyeing the ongoing situation at the border. State Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, released a survey on Facebook today, questioning whether a special legislative session should be called.
Additionally, Louisiana U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a Republican who is running for governor in 2015, and Cassidy (who is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu) have sponsored legislation to address the influx of Central American children attempting to cross the border.
Here’s the full transcript of the video Whitney’s campaign released today:
A crisis is taking place on the southern American border. More than 50,000 immigrant children have been detained since October. And President Obama refuses to address the problem. He’s too busy drinking beer and shooting pool. Illegal Immigration is getting out of hand in America. The Rule of Law is being ignored, by politicians seeking to gain political advantage from a new wave of undocumented immigrants. This insanity must stop. Immediately. We need to secure the border!
And I mean an absolute. shut. down. If we can secure the border between South Korea & North Korea, why can’t we do the same between Mexico and Texas? We have the most powerful military in the history of mankind! It’s called the Department of Defense for a reason. Let us DEFEND our homeland! And if necessary, congress should appropriate funds to build a fence.
Fences work. Isn’t there one around the White House? Furthermore, we cannot give Amnesty to the 11 million illegal immigrants who are already here. Those individuals have broken the law and we can’t ignore that fact simply out of convenience. Immigrants flock to America for two reasons: They want jobs. Or they want our entitlements: Medicaid, welfare and food stamps. So first, we need to make it virtually impossible to receive any of these free services without proof of citizenship. If you want welfare, you’re gonna need to show us your birth certificate. We need you to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you are an American citizen. Second, we must crackdown on employers who hire illegal aliens. We need to send a message loud and clear: if you hire a non-citizen, you will go to jail. We need mandatory minimums. And a Justice Department who has the will to make an example of violators.
If illegal aliens can’t find work, or can’t get free stuff, what will happen? They will go home. This is a problem that can no longer be ignored. America must act. And act immediately….Because a nation that ignores the rule of law can only descend into chaos. As John Adams said, “Liberty once lost, is lost forever” I sincerely hope our generation will be the ones to reverse course. The future of America is at stake.