Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Here we go again.
David Knowles reports that, on the eve of a special election in a state crucial to his reelection, President Trump traveled to Fayetteville, North Carolina yesterday and delivered a speech that portrayed undocumented immigrants as a threat to America -- and the Democrats supporting that threat. In that speech President Trump played on similar themes that he ran for President on.
“To protect your family, you must defeat open borders. And you have a Democrat named Dan McCready and he wants open borders,” Trump told his audience. “He wants sanctuary cities and he’s not going to protect your Second Amendment.” Politifact has determined that these allegations are "mostly false."
McCready, a former Marine and Iraq War veteran, is running for the seat for a second time in a special election, after narrowly losing to Republican Mark Harris in 2016, in an election so tainted by misconduct that Harris’s victory was declared invalid, and he has been replaced as the GOP nominee by Dan Bishop.
McCready's campaign website does not mention "open borders" or "sanctuary cities." It simply states the following positions on immigration:
"Immigration is one of the best examples of where Washington is broken. For decades, Republicans and Democrats have failed to work together to fix our broken immigration system. We need a comprehensive immigration reform that secures our border, respects our laws, and protects our American values. To secure our border, we should reinforce physical barriers with the technology Dan used in the Marines, like infrared cameras and drones.
McCready supports a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children. He does not support “open borders,” but opposes a bill in the state legislature that would compel North Carolina sheriffs to comply with orders to ICE agents to detain immigrants.
“One of the biggest issues in this election is, in fact, sanctuary cities. McCready supports sanctuary city policies that force prisons and jails to release criminal aliens directly into your neighborhoods,” Trump said. Trump’s message in North Carolina was reminiscent of the case he made during the 2018 midterm elections, when Democrats trounced Republicans to retake control of the U.S. House of Representatives.