Election Analysis: Immigration Debacle Was GOP Undoing
by Jim Kouri, CPP
On Wednesday morning Americans awoke to the news that Rep. Nancy Pelosi was elevated to the powerful position of Speaker of the House of Representatives by the voters. While the news media and pundits played down its importance, the issue of illegal aliens and lax border security proved devastating to the Republican Party.
What Americans witnessed on election day was a populist revolt, claims Chris Simcox, President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
"With the issues of national security and ethical questions looming over the elections, the GOP leadership gave voters nothing to actually vote for," he said.
The outspoken activist believes that the crises of border security and the illegal immigration invasion could have given a strong GOP agenda a crucial electoral edge, yet the President choose to send a contrary message to voters the week before the elections, stating that he needed a Republican Congress for his amnesty disguised as a guest worker ‘path to citizenship’ to move forward.
Other political observers agree with Simcox. Rather than expose the Democrat Party as the "open border crowd," the GOP made immigration and border security reform an intra-party issue which the news media were more than happy to play up in the weeks preceeding the mid-term elections.
"Ironically, as a result GOP infighting, a woman -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi -- benefited from her open-border position by becoming the new Speaker of the House. The GOP have themselves to thank for that," says political analyst Mike Baker.
In a post election statement, Simcox accused President George W. Bush of completely undermining Republican candidates struggling to place the safety and security of American families first. This is borne out by the fact that Republican candidates overall lost yesterday, but candidates running as conservatives won the day.
In the case of Rep. J.D. Hayworth of Arizona, he lost because he was abandoned by the GOP and given little support because of his stand on border security and his critiicism of the President's de facto amnesty plan.
“The American people understand that talk of amnesty by some in our government as our wide open borders are compromised by thousands daily is irresponsible and causes a tsunami of illegal entry into this country by those seeking to get in under the wire to take advantage of the offer of amnesty," said the Minuteman chief.
"As these numbers grow in volume and scope, the international criminal cartels gain even more control over our border frontiers, the black market underground swells with document fraud and identity theft, and the drug and contraband turf wars accelerate."
Illegal immigration is linked to more gang violence erupting in US cities by murderous thugs such as MS-13, the ruthless gang of self-professed friends of al Qaeda who, by our own government’s estimation, number in the tens of thousands in cities across America.
"National security and public safety demand that we make securing our borders combined with serious interior enforcement the first and most urgent priority of Homeland Security. This is not rocket science. It is time for our politicians to hear what the people are saying to them: Secure our borders now—no amnesty," warned Simcox.
"The rejection of the mixed messages and playing politics with our national security should serve as a wake-up call to the GOP and to those Democrats who were elected under the conservative banner. The American people are fed up with political games at the expense of their safety, security and sovereignty.”
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.