“You can’t have a sovereign state if you don’t have a secure border,” said former U.S. Rep. Allen West, adding that the right resources for border patrol must be on the border to prevent “seepage,” not 60 to 70 miles back.
By William J. Gibbs Jr. for Wilson County News
“Illegal immigration is very simple; it’s illegal,” West said, adding that the United States shouldn’t give taxpayer-funded benefits to people who are here illegally.
The current president and CEO of the nonprofit, nonpartisan National Center for Policy Analysis spoke with the Wilson County News in an exclusive interview ahead of a speaking engagement in San Antonio. His comments largely focused on the nation’s need for good leadership.
“… I’m appalled at this sense of sanctuary cities, where they are flaunting the federal law and putting our citizens at risk … We’ve seen that with Kate Steinley of San Francisco and many other places.”
National security is a primary responsibility of the government according to the Constitution, he said. He also commented on President Barack Obama’s Oct. 15 announcement that the United States will maintain 9,800 troops in Afghanistan, a turnabout on the drawdown of troops originally planned.
The Obama administration realized, he said, that sticking to the original strategy and drawing down to keep a campaign promise wasn’t feasible.
The retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel added, that with combat operations, “… you cannot unilaterally make the declaration that you’re ending it unless you win or lose.” That’s telling the enemy your plans.
Only Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat James Webb, among the presidential hopefuls, have military experience. This lack of experience concerns West, a 22-year Army veteran.
“The most important title of the president is commander in chief,” he said. In January 2017, the global security situation will be horrific, and only someone who has been at the receiving end of an AK-47 or an RPG will be able to make decisions from that perspective, he said.
“The United States needs to restore its respect and regard on the global, international stage,” West said, adding that some foreign policy and national security decisions made in recent years will come back to haunt us.
Concerning domestic issues, West said a good leader, someone who can restore the legislative branch, is what he’s seeking in a new Speaker of the House.
He’s not interested in that body’s internal politics; he wants to see Congress legislate, not the executive and judicial branches.
Issues facing the country, such as immigration and growing the economy, were not addressed during the Oct. 6 Democrat debate, West said.
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