Duncan Hunter Can Win
To all of our friends on the local scene who are battling on the illegal immigration issue, I have some good news.
There is reason for hope. The reason is Duncan Hunter.
One candidate who has formally announced that he is running for president is serious about border security and enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. This candidate is not only serious - he is viable.
Duncan Hunter spoke to a group of Virginia grassroots activists in Virginia last night.
He explained how the existing fence on the U.S. border near San Diego has greatly reduced crime in that local area. He also explained how his bill to extend the fence for over 800 miles in key sections of the U.S.-Mexico border from California to Texas - a bill approved by the U.S. House and Senate and signed by President Bush - will make a huge dent in smuggling, illegal immigration and other criminal activity coming across from Mexico.
This is the time to focus on the upcoming Presidential election, and we have a real live candidate to support for President in 2008.
Duncan Hunter can win.
You can learn more about Duncan Hunter here.
Here's what I like most about Congressman Duncan Hunter: Tom Tancredo has had kind words for him, and Hunter talks in depth about three key issues which should be central to the current political debate.
1) Fighting the war on terror:
Our national intelligence and defense communities must be provided with the tools necessary to identify, track, stop and prosecute terrorists before they have the opportunity to strike. The fact that America has not been attacked since September 11th indicates to me that we are on the right course. I am confident we can remain on that course by providing our intelligence agencies with the resources they need while, at the same time, maintaining our commitment to the continued protection of our civil rights.
2) Keeping American Industry and Jobs in the U.S.
American workers are the most productive and innovative labor force in the world. Unfortunately, they are asked to compete in an unfair environment against other workers who make only a fraction of a living wage and are employed by companies that face few, if any, responsibilities to the environment or the long-term prospects of their employees. Our domestic manufacturers are forced to compete against foreign companies that benefit from their country's currency and regulatory regimes. Ominously, China is cheating on trade and using billions of American trade dollars to build ships, planes and missiles at an alarming rate while, at the same time, taking millions of American jobs.
3) Securing Our Borders
I know fencing helps secure our nation's borders because criminal activity in every statistical category has been eliminated or decreased since we built the border fence in San Diego County. What was once a porous border, susceptible to illegal aliens, drug trafficking and terrorism, is now the standard mode in preventing drug smugglers from bringing narcotics into our neighborhoods and allowing border enforcement personnel to reinforce areas of greater need. These results led me to write the Secure Fence Act, extending the San Diego fence 854 miles across California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Besides being right on the biggest issues of the day, Duncan Hunter is noteworthy for his integrity. He is not promoting a laundry list of solutions to every problem we face, and he is not wrapping himself in the cloak of past political heroes (i.e. Ronald Reagan) to justify his political stance. He is not dealing out the same tired hand as every other Republican regarding the failures of the GOP majority and the true meaning of "conservative." Listening to him, you get the impression he does not need to spell this stuff out.
If you listen to Duncan Hunter speak, you will come away with the impression that he is his own man.
Stay tuned for much more on this blog and in the state of Virginia.
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