Only Candidate to Act on Illegals is Trailing

January 16, 2008

In a time when many Americans, especially Republicans and other conservatives, talk about the current illegal immigration problem, many either don’t realize or don’t care that the only presidential candidate who has actually done something about securing the border is polling about 1 percent and, as a result, is being left out of the debates — Duncan Hunter.
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Congressman Hunter built the double-border fence along San Diego County, reducing illegal immigration by 90 percent and drug smuggling by 50 percent. He is also the author of the Secure Fence Act, which was passed into law last year.

Immigration is not his only strong asset, as Congressman Hunter is a veteran, former chairman of the Armed Services Committee and father of a son who served three tours in the War on Terror.

The GOP wants to tout itself as the party that is tough on terror and tough on illegal immigration, but the polling of someone with Duncan Hunter’s credentials and the lack of talk about him on conservative talk radio tell a completely different story. If fighting terrorism and securing the border really are priorities of the GOP, then what credentials do Romney, Huckabee and Giuliani have? 

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4 comments
Cajunconservative
Cajunconservative

I would start with securing the border and amending the 14th Amendment so the children of illegal immigrants aren't automatically citizens. Then...all the other "comprehensive" stuff can follow. Look, it's not what truly is the most important issues, but rather what the GOP SAYS are most important. If immigration isn't the most important issue for most people, then fine. But, most Republican "operatives" and Republican hosts keep hammering McCain on the amnesty bill, and rightfully so, and they tout their party as the tough on terror party. And let's not forget, the War on Terror should be the most important issue for two reasons. One, the government's main job, possibly its only, should be to protect its citizens from attacks. Second, we have 150k? troops on the ground in the Middle East, in harms way. We need a Commander-in-Chief who will know what he/she is doing to keep those man and woman secure. And with that, securing our borders is an important part of the War on Terror. You don't put our soldiers overseas, fighting and some dying to keep the country safe, while leaving the back door wide open. That's stupid and an insult to those soldiers. So, if I'm to take the at face value, then someone like Hunter should not be polling at 1%. I know there are other issues, so I'm not saying he should be in the lead, but you would think if the GOP was true to those two talking points, someone with Hunter's credentials would at least find himself polling high enough to still be in the debates.

The Numbers Guy
The Numbers Guy

The political reality as I see it (and I've been watching election after election) is that illegal immigration is an issue important to a segment of voters, but it's not a vote getting issue. And I'll go further: how we phrase our stance on immigration is critical, because if we lost the Hispanic vote, we will be stuck in the political minority. Yes, we want to enforce the laws, but any hint that we're anti immigrant (that the likes of Tancredo and Buchanan give off) are deadly and should not be the party's position. Personally, I think we should let people into the country based on willingness to contribute to the country as opposed to some artificial quota. And set standards for gaining that citizenship.

Cajunconservative
Cajunconservative

Hence the point. The War on Terrorism and illegal immigration must not be the two most important issues for the Republican Party, or else his polling numbers would not be so low. Instead, like you stated, money and star power.

The Numbers Guy
The Numbers Guy

Duncan Hunter is not a bad guy, but he's up against candidates with considerable firepower - both money-wise and starpower-wise.

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