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Vernon Robinson vs. Jack Kemp

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By Michelle Malkin  •  June 29, 2004 05:49 PM

Open-borders zealot Jack Kemp has withdrawn his endorsement of GOP candidate Vernon Robinson. No big loss. But it’s interesting to see who Kemp and his elitist friends thinks should be kept out of Washington. Robinson is a staunch, grass-roots Reagan Republican and rising star in the conservative movement with a remarkable personal history:

The son of a Tuskegee Airman and a nurse, I became an Eagle Scout before graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Middle Eastern Affairs and the University of Missouri with an M.B.A… am proud to have served my country as a Missile Combat Crew Commander and Intelligence Officer in the Air Force before becoming a business professor at the Winston-Salem campus of the University of North Carolina.

I am a staunch supporter of vouchers and school choice and am a nationally recognized expert on education reform. I am the chief author of North Carolina’s Charter Schools Act and I founded two non-profit corporations. One promotes school choice and the other provides scholarships to private schools for children from low-income, inner-city homes. have worked as a consultant to the John Locke Foundation (a conservative think tank that focuses on fiscal issues) and I am honored to serve on the North Carolina Board of Advisors for the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project (a project of Americans for Tax Reform).

I have been elected or appointed to virtually every leadership position in the Republican Party: At-Large Delegate to the Republican National Convention, NCGOP State Executive Committee Member, 5th Congressional District Executive Committee Member, and Vice-Chairman of the NCGOP Platform Committee (where I authored the most conservative platform in the history of the North Carolina Republican Party).

Currently I am the senior Republican member of the Winston-Salem City Council, where I represent a heavily Democrat district. In my last election I got an unheard-of 70% of the white vote and 20% of the black vote.

So, why has Kemp run away from Robinson? Because Robinson dares to oppose the Republican elite by supporting strict border security and immigration enforcement. Kemp accuses Robinson of “xenophobia.” Here is Robinson’s stand:

Our immigration policy is nuts. Over 400,000 foreign students have overstayed their student visas, and we simply have no idea where they are! Over thirty thousand of these are from Muslim countries, and they’ve simply disappeared.

Most of those missing Muslims pose no threat to America, of course, but it only takes a handful of would-be “martyrs” to cause real problems, as we learned on September 11th, 2001.

The mastermind of the Twin Towers/Pentagon attack, Khalid Shaik Mohammed (whom we have captured), recently told U.S. officials that Al Qaeda is planning to carry out future attacks, including the firebombing of the Washington Metrorail, by smuggling terrorists, equipment, and toxic chemicals over our unguarded Mexican border!

We have troops in 120 countries around the world (including half a million in Iraq and Afghanistan), but we won’t defend our own borders with Mexico and Canada — even after our mortal enemies tell us in advance that that is how they are going to hit us next!

With the communist North Koreans bragging that they will sell a nuclear bomb to Osama Bin Laden, why in the world do we refuse to defend our borders? Remember, a ragtag band of these Arab misfits used public transportation and a handful of box-cutters to kill more Americans in the 2001 World Trade Center attack than the Japanese killed at Pearl Harbor.

The next time they come at us, they may be armed with more than box cutters. How much more damage could an organized terrorist do with a nuclear bomb that he simply drove across the Mexican desert into San Luis, Arizona one night, like a common drug smuggler?

The threat is real. Vehicles routinely crash the border gates at the Otay Mesa ports of entry near San Diego, a few miles from an international airport in Mexico. Occasionally these gatecrashing vehicles get through. We have no idea who is in them, or what their cargo is. I will make it my personal mission in Congress to put an end to this madness. Enough is enough…

Part of the reason these immigration problems go unchecked is that there are now so many immigrants in the country that too many Republicans and virtually all Democrats actually compete to see who can pander to them the most. Washington Mayor Anthony Williams has even argued that these illegal aliens should have the right to vote! That’s where I draw the line.

This pandering is what created the explosion of so-called “sanctuary cities.” A sanctuary city is one whose liberal city council has forbidden its police officers to report illegal aliens to the I.N.S. so they can be deported.

New York City repealed its sanctuary resolution after four illegal aliens raped an American woman there last December. Three of the four had been picked up by the police before and should have been deported, but because of the sanctuary resolution, the cops had never informed the I.N.S. that the aliens were in custody.

My alma mater, the United States Air Force Academy, recently found it had 23 illegal aliens working for it — more than the number that carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks. But these illegal aliens were actually working for a military service academy!

Juan Hernandez, the head of the “Mexican Ministry for Mexicans Living in the United States” makes no bones about his intentions. He says he wants to increase the flow of Mexicans into the United States so as to turn our culture and influence American policy toward Mexico. He told Congressman Tancredo that we are not really “two [separate] countries; it’s just a region.” That offends me greatly.

These are not racist observations — these immigration problems threaten our national security, our fiscal security, and our national culture and identity.

More on Vernon Robinson’s candidacy and issues here. Kemp may labor under the illusion that he is the one true heir of Reagan Republicanism. But it was Reagan who said, “This country has lost control of its borders. And no country can sustain that kind of position.” And it is Vernon Robinson who has the guts to do something about it.

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