John Kasich re: illegals: “Let’s not pit one American against another”

Ingraham reminds Kasich, ‘But, they’re not Americans, Governor”

Just days ago on The Laura Ingraham Show, Presidential candidate John Kasich exposed his squishy views on immigration policy.  Earlier, in New Hampshire, Kasich raised the issue of “significant contributions” of illegals to the economy and his support for a pathway to legalization. 

During this interview with Ingraham, Kasich, Ohio’s Republican Governor, endorsed building a wall to secure the border, but showed little empathy for the American workers displaced by those who are already in the country illegally. Kasich actually described those illegals  as American citizens saying, “We don’t need to be picking one person over the other…let’s not be pitting one American against another,” referencing competition for jobs between illegals and American citizens. He refers to the illegal invasion as “this thing” that “we have to move beyond.” Laura Ingraham had to bring Kasich back to reality, reminding him they are not Americans.

Partial transcript:

Ingraham: What about employers who are hiring illegals now, Gov. Kasich? What about the Americans who can’t get jobs? What about those employers who are now violating U.S. law by hiring illegal immigrants? (10:26)

Kasich: Well, if they are violating the law, they should be held accountable for that. But, look, we’ve got to move beyond this thing. This is a very difficult problem. What do you want to say? Put them out? A lot of these people who are working, these people who came here illegally who are now here and are law-abiding are providing valuable services. I see them in the hotels, I see them… (10:37)

Ingraham: So you don’t think Americans would do those jobs? Because my mother was a waitress until she was 74, I mean, when I hear Americans don’t do these jobs it drives me crazy. (11:00)

Kasich: Our problem is that we don’t have a pro-growth economy. We don’t need to be picking one person over the other, we need to expand the pie. We’re only growing at 2%, this is the most anemic growth that we have seen post World War II and if we would grow the pie by balancing budgets and cutting taxes, look, I’m the guy that’s done it. We’re up 350,000 jobs in the state of Ohio since I’ve come in. When I was Chairman of the Budget Committee we balanced our budget and our economy was booming. So, let’s not pit one American against another, let’s grow the pie… (11:07)

Ingraham: But, they’re not American. Governor, but that is the problem, they’re not Americans. They violated our laws. And, you say that businesses should be penalized, but where are they being penalized for hiring illegal immigrants

Listen to the interview here.


13 Responses to John Kasich re: illegals: “Let’s not pit one American against another”

  1. azgary says:

    Aug 15, 2015


    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump argued that illegal immigrants “have to go” in a preview of his interview set to air on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” released on Saturday.

    Trump said that if he is president, “The executive order gets rescinded.”

    Trump added, “We’re going to keep the families together. We have to keep the families together, but they have to go.” And “They have to go.” Trump also said that if illegal immigrants don’t have a place to go, “We will work with them. They have to go. Chuck, we either have a country, or we don’t have a country.”

    According to NBC News, Trump also stated, “‘we have to’ rescind Obama’s executive order offering those brought to the U.S. illegally as children — known as DREAMers — protection from deportation, as well as Obama’s unilateral move to delay deportation for their families as well.”

    Trump is the ONLY candidate saying illegals have to leave, many of you don’t believe him, but I guess you can believe ALL the others when they tell you illegals must stay all while telling us they are against amnesty.

    This is THE issue.

    We are tired of illegals killing, raping, robbing americans. taking jobs, driving down wages, destroying schools and neighborhoods plus they vote democrat.

    TRUMP is right.


    And we will VOTE for nothing less.

    Republican leadership are our enemies every bit as much as Democrats, and are just as unlikely as Democrats to address the fundamental problems and exigent threats the country is facing. For people like us, any candidate the Republican leadership would find acceptable is unacceptable. Any candidate Republican leadership finds acceptable will be willing to take his marching orders from the Chamber Of Commerce and the Donor Class. That means we’ll hear a bunch of lies about how things will change, after which Republicans will continue to avoid dealing with our problems in any way that might upset the stock market or threaten the interests of the crony capitalists who own them. They will continue to grow the government and line their pockets with graft and taxpayer dollars.

    Republicans have been whistling past the graveyard for a while now. They’ve appeared to be willing to burn the party down before sharing power with Conservatives, but directly after each betrayal or outright aggression against Conservatives they seem to take refuge in denial that Conservatives will ever actually refuse to support them in the end, apparently believing Conservatives have nowhere else to go.

    They were mistaken.

    The system is rigged. Trump is the only guy who can come in from the outside and wreck it. For a lot of us who don’t believe a true Conservative will ever win the nomination while current GOP leadership remains in power,(just like in the state) Trump looks like a better deal than another fake Conservative.

    • Tucson GOP says:

      I posted this comment in repsonse to another of your Trump lovefest cimments earlier today. You never responded, so I’ll give it another try:

      Trump is a billionaire businessman who is used to winning. Now, he wants to win the biggest prize in the world.

      One day he’s going to build a wail and make Mexico pay for it. The next day he says he’s going to put a door in the wall. Another day he says he’s going to deport all of the illegals, and then follows that with a declaration that he’s going to “expedite” bringing the “good” illegals back into the US. He’s also onboard with the DREAMERs because he has a “soft heart.” Trump is a false prophet and those who are following him are fools.

      I can say that because I was one. Then I started paying attention. He is not a leader and has no actual answers to anything. Listen to him. He also calls Hillary Clinton a “terrfic woman.”

      Here you say, “Trump looks like a better deal than another fake Conservative.” From that remark, I take it that you consider him a fake conservative also? Obviously your idea of a “better deal” is one that runs like uncontrolled diarrhea, but can afford to buy an endless supply of toilet paper.

      • azgary says:

        As I said, trump is saying he will do it ALL THE OTHERS ARE SAYING THEY WONT, they tell us they are against amnesty, then give us their mass Chamber of Commerce Bought AND Paid for legalization (aka amnesty) scheme.

        You can believe him or not, your choice.

        Do you also believe ALL the others who say we cant get rid of illegals and not just presidential candidates, but all the az congressmen as well?

        Personally I will choose the one who says he will choose citizens over foreign invaders over ALL of those who tell me flat out they wont

        In what may be the most important development in the 2016 Presidential race to date, Donald Trump has announced, and Sen. Jeff Sessions ’ office has confirmed, that the GOP front-runner is consulting with the Alabama Senator in crafting his immigration plan for the future of America.

        The real estate mogul’s announcement will send shock waves through Washington D.C. and all across primary states.

        Trump, whose campaign has focused primarily on issues of immigration and trade, has seen a meteoric rise since entering the race, with throngs of supporters across the country rocketing him to the top of every single poll, despite an extraordinary effort of establishment Republicans to take him down. Republican pundits have lobbed every imaginable accusation at Trump. Yet these same pundits, while seemingly furious at the man, have demonstrated no similar concern, angst, or passion about the dissolution of our southern border, the rampant exploitation of guest-worker programs, the collapse of middle class wages, and the growing illegal immigrant crime wave.

        Trump Immigration Plan Sneak Peak, Key points:

        3 Summary Points:
        There Must be a wall across the Southern Border.
        Existing Laws Must be enforced.
        Plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.

        Mexico must pay for wall, and until they do, all remittances from illegal wages will be impounded, etc. increased fees on Visas.

        Triple number of ICE officers.
        Nationwide E-Verify
        Mandatory return of all criminal aliens
        Detention, not catch and release
        Defund Sanctuary cities
        Enhanced penalties for overstaying Visas
        ICE cooperation with local gang task forces
        End of Birthright Citizenship

        Put American Workers first:
        Increase prevailing wage for H1B visas
        Requirement to hire American workers first
        End Welfare abuse, applicants must prove can pay their own way
        Jobs program for inner city youth, to replace J-1 Visas
        Increased standards for acceptance of Refugees.
        Pause on Issuing green cards

        full plan is at trumps website positions on issues

    • East Valley Conservative says:

      On Seeing Red AZ’s “About” page it addresses what has become your propensity for cutting and pasting entire columns from other sites with these clearly understood words:
      “SRAZ is not a repository for cut-and-pastes from other websites. Links suffice.”

      Other commenters here abide by this concept. Are you so much like Trump that you feel the rules apply to others but not to you? I usually click on pertinent links. I never read cut and paste articles.

      • azgary says:

        good for you, and I see numerous other who cut and paste, and if I have no interest in them I scroll right past.


        your sour grapes here is that I put up info on things you dislike, such as trump and illegals leaving the country.

        this is SRAZ’s site, and they have the power to stop me from posting if they choose to not you.

  2. Conservative Since Birth says:

    I listened to the podcast with Laura and John Kasich. He’s just another ‘moderate’ Republican who wants to “expand the pie” just like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and the others who are soft on illegal immigration. On the problem of illegal immigration and how it affects the middle class – Kasich says to “retrain” Americans who have lost jobs to trade or taken by illegals. He’s a real B.S.-er…..talking over her many times. Hugh Hewitt’s good friend, Kasich, was a real lady-killer when he was in Washington, D.C. paling around with his buddy, Gary Condit of Chandra Levy fame. To me, Kasich – strictly on his political views – holds no interest for me. He’s an insider with no new ideas.

    On another topic, got a robo call the other day from former Congressman Ed Pastor asking people to vote yes on 104. Also mentioned was that it is supported by the – ready? Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. I don’t live in Phoenix and don’t vote in this election, but somehow get their constituent calls.

    • azgary says:

      Kasich is another establishment tool the gop is throwing at the wall to see if he will stick, since their other choices seem to be doing so poorly

      • Seeing Red AZ says:

        We welcome your participation. It is not our intention to keep you from posting, but we do request you follow our standards and insert links to the articles you’d like us and others to read.

        The lengthy cut and pastes drive other commenters far down the page, which limits discussion. Lively interactive discussion is what keeps the comments section interesting.

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    Kasich, today says this:
    ‘I don’t READ A BIBLE to figure out what I THINK!’ – Kasich on his feelings guiding politics
    (video on

    Last week, he stated that Black Lives Matter more right now.

    The two large cities in Ohio, Cleveland and Cincinnati, have consistently been listed among the worst cities in the US for overall liveability (which includes housing, crime rates, and employment).

    If Gov. Kasich, who has spent years in the US Congress, does not know how to fix Cleveland and Cincinatti, how can he possibly be qualified to fix this country?

    • Kent says:

      Those comments indicate more than arrogance. They are beyond ignorant. I missed this entirely. Thanks for the heads up. Your assessment of Cleveland and Cincinnati makes a lot of sense.

      Kasich was never a contender as far as I’m concerned. Let’s hope this finishes off his presidential aspirations .It’s time to get the GOP list trimmed down and he should be first in line!

    • Doc says:

      If you lived in a city who’s n.f.l. team was…th’ Browns….you’d be unhappy with your “livability too!

      …sorry…you opened that door, Saguaro Sam…I just HAD ta’ take th’ shot!

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    Heads Up !

    Dr. Ben Carson to be in Phoenix area on Tuesday.
    Possibly switching venues since over 4,500 people have RSVP’d.
    Dr. Carson has no staffers in AZ.

    He will then travel to the border and meet with a “local border sheriff” and take a tour, partly via helicopter.

  5. jon jensen says:

    I could vote for kasich we are all really americans.