The Libertarian Party’s stance on immigration is quite clear. Bob Barr, on the other hand, is far less libertarian than even the Republicans and Democrats when it comes to immigration.
From Third Party Watch:
The following is a campaign letter from Bob Barr:
John McCain and Barack Obama Plan To Bring Back “COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM”
From The Desk of Rep. Bob Barr
Dear Friend and Fellow American,
We’re facing a “new” crisis: BORDER SECURITY.
But really, this is the same crisis we faced last year at this time, when Senators John McCain and Ted Kennedy tried to push their “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” bill on us—supported by Senator Barack Obama!
The American people were able to STOP the McCain-Kennedy bill—but will we be able to stop PRESIDENT McCain (or PRESIDENT Obama) from pushing it through again?
We need to send a strong message to both the Republicans AND the Democrats, to let them know that WE MEAN BUSINESS when it comes to securing the border!
A lack of border security allows foreign criminals, carriers of communicable diseases, terrorists and other potential threats to enter the country unchecked. We must be aggressive in securing our borders while also fighting the big-government “nanny state” that seeks to coddle even those capable of providing for their own personal prosperity.
That’s one of the reasons I’m running for President of the United States—and I need YOUR help to make sure every voter in America will have a chance to send that strong message to both parties! CLICK HERE to donate now.
Last week, there was a closed-door meeting between Republican presidential candidate John McCain and a group of Hispanics. There was NO media allowed—but it DID get reported. And what did the Associated Press report? That “John McCain assured Hispanic leaders he would push through Congress legislation to overhaul federal immigration laws if elected.”
It’s McCain-Kennedy all over again – and now that McCain has the GOP nomination “sewn up,” he’s ready to start pushing it again!
A conservative Hispanic lady named Rosanna Pulido, an original “Minuteman” who has worked hard for years to fight the “pro-illegal immigration” crowd, got into that closed-door meeting, and in her report quoted John McCain as saying, “I was proud to work for Comprehensive Immigration Reform… and if I am elected President I assure you that in 2009 I will ask Congress to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”
Pulido went on to report, “John McCain talked about a debate he was in about enforcing the law, and he says that the ‘other side had a lot of rhetoric… you know what I am talking about!’”
The AP story says, “After the event, McCain met privately with Martin Sandoval, an Illinois state senator and Democratic convention delegate for former candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sandoval said he left open the possibility of backing McCain, citing his immigration stance and pledge to keep business taxes low.” Pulido calls him “the Godfather of the massive illegal alien movement in Illinois”—in fact, Sandoval serves on a MEXICAN government advisory council called the “Institute for Mexicans Abroad”!
This isn’t really NEW news—last month, McCain proclaimed in a speech in California, “Sen. [Edward] Kennedy and I tried very hard to get immigration reform, a comprehensive plan, through the Congress of the United States. We must make it a top agenda item.”
Do YOU want to see McCain-Kennedy brought back to life—by either McCain OR Obama? We ALL need to stand up and say NO! Please, help me to make sure every voter in America will have a chance to send that strong message to both parties! CLICK HERE to donate now.
We don’t need McCain’s OR Obama’s “comprehensive immigration reform” bills. What we DO need is to secure our borders NOW. The fact is, our government doesn’t HAVE an immigration policy right now—one day they want to build a fence, the next day they want to build a “virtual” fence. It changes daily, and it’s ineffective. What we need is simple: Let’s go back to how we USED to do it, when we had a REAL border. If people want to enter America, we require them to come through a checkpoint, check that their health is not dangerous to our citizens, and that they have a legitimate ID.
No lack of border security. No “smoke and mirrors” immigration policies. No promises to supporters of illegal immigration that you’ll re-introduce “comprehensive immigration reform.”
It sounds pretty simple. But if we don’t ACT QUICKLY, the only choice Americans will have in the voting booth this November will be between the co-author of the McCain-Kennedy bill, and his fellow Senator that voted “YES” on that bill!
WE MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN. I need YOUR help to make sure every voter in America will have a REAL choice for this election, and NOT just “McCain/Obama” or “Obama/McCain” and their “comprehensive immigration reform” tricks! CLICK HERE to donate now.
During my time in Congress, I was a strong advocate of border security. For four years in a row, I voted to authorize the use of the military to assist in border control efforts. Our overworked, understaffed Border Patrol Agents need all the help they can get, and I voted to send them that help in preventing the entry of terrorists and criminals into the United States.
Don’t the voters in America deserve the chance to vote for a candidate that will secure our border?
And what about all of the other issues where McCain and Obama agree—like in-state tuition for illegal aliens, and giving social security benefits to illegal aliens? Since when did the U.S. Constitution authorize a “nanny state” to dole out taxpayer money to lawbreakers?
It is the duty of the federal government to secure our borders from criminals, terrorists and those seeking to take advantage of the American taxpayer.
Apparently, not all of our politicians believe that. But I do.
This issue is one of the most important national security issues facing America today. An insecure border allows foreign criminals, carriers of communicable diseases, terrorists and other potential threats to enter the country unchecked. We must be aggressive in securing our borders while also fighting the big-government “nanny state” that seeks to coddle even those capable of providing for their own personal prosperity. We must recognize the fundamental problem—a complete breakdown of respect for immigration laws in this country prompted by an utter failure to enforce those laws.
Don’t the voters in America deserve the chance to vote for the rule of law in our country—and send a strong message to ALL of those politicians in Washington, D.C.?
I believe they DO —but I need YOUR help to make sure every voter in America will have a chance to send that strong message to Washington! CLICK HERE to donate now.
John McCain and Barack Obama don’t want you to have that choice. So right now, this month, one important thing MUST be done to give American voters a chance—and a choice. And that is making sure I get on all 50 state ballots.
Most Americans are not even aware that ballot access laws exist in our country, or how difficult it can be for third party or independent candidates just to get their name on the ballot.
Right now, I have ballot access in only 30 states. The rest of the states must be fought for by a combination of gathering signatures, paying fees and filing paperwork—AND a few legal battles.
For example, Oklahoma is the hardest state for me right now. In the 2004 election, Oklahoma voters weren’t offered any choice at all. No third party or independent candidate was on the ballot—in fact, they’ve rigged the election rules in Oklahoma so you can’t even write in a candidate’s name!
To get my name on the ballot in Oklahoma, we’re now going to need to go to court to FIGHT for it!
We’re already facing an expensive legal battle in Oklahoma—and there’s more coming. To get access in the remaining 20 states, and to pay the costs for the states we’ve gained ballot access in, we’re going to need to raise $310,000.
That’s a lot of money—but that’s what it will take for us to be able to offer a strong choice to American voters this fall.
I believe that you share my concern about our dangerous lack of border security. I believe that you agree that this is a national security crisis. And I believe that, like me, you want to send a strong message to the politicians who have been pandering to the supporters of compromised security for too long now. The best way to do that today is by helping to get me on every state ballot, so that I can challenge the Washington “status quo” on illegal immigration and border security. CLICK HERE to donate now.
I’m not asking you to vote for me right now. I’m just asking you to help me send a strong message to BOTH the Republicans and Democrats, that the American people are sick and tired of politicians playing games with the national security of the United States.
Help me to turn things around in this presidential campaign, and put the focus back where it should be—on America.
United States Libertarian Party
P.S. John McCain is scheduled to address the annual “La Raza” convention in July, making him the first Republican to do so. La Raza (Spanish for “The Race”) is a controversial “Hispanic rights” group that has been roundly criticized for its pro-illegal immigration advocacy.
Is that the message we need to be sending? Of course not! I need to get on all fifty state ballots to make sure that we ALL have the opportunity to express our opposition to the out of control, power seeking, power hungry, big government Republican AND Democratic politicians who are trying to throw border security out the window—and drive our great country into the ground. Thank you for YOUR help in giving us all that opportunity.
LFV Update: Independent Political Report was contacted by La Raza, and posted the following correction to facts alleged in Bob Barr’s letter:
John McCain will not be “the first Republican” to address an annual La Raza convention, nor even the first high-profile Republican to do so — unless you consider Karl Rove, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush to be of a lesser stature than McCain.