Monday, June 6, 2011

At least one candidate speaks out

Below is the actual message from presidential candidate Herman Cain.
He is plain-spoken here.
He is also a very long shot.
It makes me wonder why those with nothing to lose are also the most candid.  I note that Cain ventures into a long list of issues on his website.  They are:
  • National Security
  • Spending
  • Immigration
  • Energy
  • Economy
  • Health Care
  • Entitlements
  • Regulation
  • Education
  • Faith and Family
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So, here's Mr. Cain's take on the immigration problem:

Fix the Immigration Problems

America is an exceptional nation. We are also a prosperous nation because of our liberties and our free market system. That’s why people from all over the world want to come to America to create better lives for themselves and their families, because we are truly the land of opportunity.

Americans have embraced their role as the world’s premier “melting pot,” welcoming immigrants from every corner of the planet. We readily learn about other cultures, customs and beliefs. We appreciate those who are willing to come to this country and make America a more vibrant and enriched place.

Americans do resent, however, the willingness of some to circumvent our laws and enter our nation illegally. While many, if not most, illegal immigrants are peaceful people simply seeking to provide for their families, some are not. In fact, some are quite dangerous, jeopardizing the safety and well-being of American citizens.

Illegal immigration has only exacerbated illegal activity, such as the horrendous crimes of drug smuggling and human trafficking. Illegal immigrants who are repeat offenders are harder to track, making it difficult for law enforcement to prevent crime. Further, weak borders have caused a compounding problem of terrorists assimilating with illegal immigrants, crossing the border with them and entering the U.S.

Illegal immigration also puts a tremendous strain on America’s entitlement and health care systems. Illegal immigrants are typically uninsured and cannot afford to pay for their medical care, driving up costs for all Americans, even those actually insured. In fact, several hospitals in the U.S. have declared bankruptcy as a result of the costs of caring for illegal immigrants.

We must secure our borders, enforce our laws and promote the existing path to citizenship. Protecting our nation’s sovereignty should be a paramount concern of those elected to lead us, not an afterthought or a reaction once the problem becomes even worse. Further, taking a stand on the issue does not mean one lacks compassion, but instead, that one respects the rule of law and the importance of not becoming a lawless nation.

Say what you will about him, but at least he's talking about the issue the same way we'd discuss it at the water cooler.


  1. Can't argue with Cain's statement here.

  2. Mr. Cain's position on illegal immigration is a step up, but only a step up, from that of other corporate politicians. His views are, however, far from a solution for the exponential population growth the country is undergoing as a direct result of massive immigration, legal and illegal.

    The Census Bureau projects that in 2050 the US will have over 439 million people, an increase of 119 million people in just 38 years, if we continue on our current path. If 12-20+ million illegal aliens are given amnesty that 439 million number could easily swell to 500 million under current immigration law.

    Failure to drastically reduce legal immigration now together with failure to remove virtually every illegal alien from the country is the equivalent of national suicide. At least in terms of an America most of us love.