Barack Obama was re-elected last night. Yes, it sucks. Big time.
Ok, that’s enough. Boo freakin’ hoo. We don’t have the luxury of self-pity, or bellyaching. It’s time to double down and fight on. Illegal immigration is an existential threat to the U.S. And we will never give up on this nation.
Besides, it wasn’t all disappointment last night. Some very good friends of SWA did just fine despite massive opposition, principally among them, Sheriff Joe Arpaio – by far the most prominent national symbol in the fight against illegal immigration.
Sheriff Joe faced by far the toughest battle of his career, as leftist billionaire George Soros opened his checkbook against Joe, huge national unions bused in 900 activists to register 34,000 Latino voters to try and knock him off, and ABC News and the New York Times hammered Joe with campaign ads posing as “journalism” to try and defeat a great patriot.
They all failed – miserably. Joe Arpaio defeated his opponent last night by 10 percentage points. We were thrilled to do our part in this campaign. SWA does not have the checkbook of Soros, nor the paid activists of the unions. But we do have nearly 100,000 members in Arizona who went to work – voting, calling, canvassing – working tirelessly to make sure America’s Sheriff stayed on the job another 4 years. And it paid off. We are very proud of all of our members’ efforts today. Thank you all!
Way to go, Sheriff Joe!
But Joe was by no means alone. Another patriot who stood firm for the rule of law on immigration, our very good friend Rep. Steve King (R-IA, see above), also prevailed, despite being hammered with outside cash, against a popular former first lady of Iowa, and in a state which Barack Obama carried by 6%.
Steve King is by far the strongest opponent of illegal immigration in the Congress. He routinely takes on the open-borders lobby, pushing mandatory E-Verify bills, suing Obama over his lawless amnesty decree for so-called “Dreamers”, and pushing a ban on birthright citizenship for illegals that even made the milquetoast Republican establishment cringe.
And outside groups hammered Steve relentlessly as a nutjob and racist against Latinos, and an obstacle to cheap labor for its many meatpacking plants. They redrew his district. They put up the wife of a popular former Governor against him and gave her millions.
It all failed. Steve King won handily – like Joe by 10% – even though he usually wins by 20%. And in the next Congress, Steve will be the new Immigration Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.We were proud to give Steve all the help he needed. when he asked SWA to help boost his Facebook page last year, we added 5,000 fans in 24 hours. When they needed volunteers to canvass, we organized 20 SWA-Iowa members to do that job, and more. We stand by our allies in the cause. And there is no greater ally than Rep. King.
Way to go, Steve!
And several more stalwarts against illegal immigration prevailed last night. Most prominent amongst them:
- Michele Bachmann (R-MN) – former Presidential candidate, who is one of the strongest members of Congress on immigration – calling for mass deportations of illegals a la President Dwight Eisenhower in 1953, and working with Steve King to stop the Dream Act’s passage in the last Congress. She faced a mega-millionaire, and millions from outside groups – and was the #1 target of Nancy Pelosi’s PAC. But she survived to fight another day to stop illegal immigration and amnesty.
- Mike Pence – Mike was elected Governor of Indiana last night. He has a 100% rating from FAIR, supports a ban on birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens, wants English as the nation’s official language, and supports barring hospital care for illegals. Mike has promised to pass Arizona-style mandatory police checks for illegal aliens as governor.
- Ted Cruz – Ted was elected Senator in Texas by an overwhelming majority. We consider him the “un-Rubio”, as even though he is Latino, he is fundamentally opposed to the Dream Act, birthright citizenship and amnesty of any kind for illegals – issues on which the ever-squishy Rubio flip-flops or panders to illegal aliens activists and La Raza types.
There were other victories last night which we will detail tomorrow.
The fight now moves to the states, where a record 30 Republican governors are in place after this election. And to the Congress, where Reps. like King, Bachmann and Cruz can join other rule of law legislators to fight Obama’s amnesty plans tooth and nail. And in the courts, where the ICE agents’ union and Rep. King are suing to reverse Obama’s “deferred action” decree.
We will never stop fighting. Obama’s re-election changes nothing for us. When SWA and our allies pushed through S.B. 1070 in March-April 2010, Obama still had 3 years to go in his first term. And now he only has 4 more, then he is gone. But we will always be right here, fighting to restore the rule of law, stop lawless amnesty, protect American workers from illegal laborers, and protect taxpayers from illegals who bankrupt schools, hospitals and social services from coast-to-coast.
Do not despair. Our nation needs our steadfast resolve. Keep fighting with us. And thank you to everyone who helped us make sure those warriors above prevailed on Election Day.
If YOU stand with Sheriff Joe and against illegal immigration and want to see the border secured, the rule of law upheld and amnesty for illegals stopped, then put your name where your heart is, and join the 160,000 who have signed the petition…