Republicans supportive of border security are “xenophobic,” “intolerant”
U.S. Rep. John Shadegg, in an interview quoted in the left-wing New York Times, said Arizona’s party leaders’ crusade against illegal immigration had damaged Republicans statewide and hurt their chances of drawing the growing body of Hispanic voters.
“I believe the Republican Party in Arizona has been hurt very badly by the image created by those who have been most outspoken in their attacks on the illegal immigration issue, who have created the appearance that Republicans are xenophobic, that seem by their comments and are by their comments intolerant,” Shadegg said.
In a race for his political life in a reliably Republican district where he has always maintained a solid groundswell of support, Congressman Shadegg, a seven-term incumbent, is now sticking his finger in the eye of the very people who have given him their steadfast loyalty.
Earth to John Shadegg: The operative word is ILLEGAL. Opposition to criminal incursions into the United States is neither “xenophobic” nor “intolerant.” Americans have every right to expect secure borders. Border security is national security, Mr. Shadegg.
In a post 9-11 world we have known enemies, terrorists, Mr. Shadegg, who have vowed to destroy our culture, and democratic freedoms. It is not only our right, but our obligation to demand federal policymakers implement strong border security.
In July we reported on an alarming U.S. Department of Justice intelligence report which revealed dangerous Mexican Islamic connections, lending credibility to what advocates of immigration enforcement — including a barrier along the southern border — have said for years: American national security is at risk. It has long been acknowledged that it is not only farm laborers or Braceros of another generation, Shadegg is so fond of recalling, gaining illegal access across our border. Informed sources have declared, ‘We’re no safer today than we were on September 12.’
As far back as three years ago the Los Angeles Times carried a report titled: Porous Border Is Seen as Terrorist Threat. We suggest Rep. Shadegg read it and then rethink his scurrilous comments about his fellow Republicans.
John Shadegg’s statements in the New York Times article can be read here.
Our title Seeing Red AZ takes on new meaning in light of these foolish and insulting comments.