Last night, the Republican front runners gathered for a mostly ridiculous debate. When asked about immigration, they responded as follows:
Governor Rick Perry called for more border agents and attacked President Obama for not doing enough with immigration reform.
"It is not safe on that border."
No, Governor Perry, it's not safe on the US/Mexican border. It's unsafe because people like you perpetuate this country's drug war and immoral immigration laws, which create dangerous black markets.
"[Border Patrol agents have told Romney], 'Look, they could always get a ladder to go over the fence and people will always run to the country. The reason they come in such great numbers is because we've left the magnet on.' And I asked them, 'What do you mean the magnet?' And they said, 'When employers are willing to hire people who are here illegally -- that's a magnet because it draws them in.'"
[Begin sarcasm.] Gee, how terrible! How awful for a business owner to be allowed a right to HIS own property! How terrible that he be allowed to hire whom he pleases to work at HIS business. These nasty individual rights things…well…they just need to be stopped! [End sarcasm.]
"In Mexico right now we are dealing with narco-terrorists," said Bachman. "This is a very serious problem. To not build a border or a fence on every part of that border would be an effect to yield United States sovereignty."
End the drug war. Allow peaceful people looking for work to migrate. Problem solved.
Newt Gingrich avoided the border issue and jumped to the rights of illegal immigrants instead, citing the need for a legal guest-worker program.
At least someone is concerned about individual rights.
Ron Paul suggested the government start looking at ways to use border fences to keep people in, instead of keeping people out.
All sarcasm aside, it's very disturbing that these men and this woman are the best the Republican party has to offer America. They're an awful mixed bag when it comes to the economy, social issues and immigration and no one candidate stands out as a true defender of individual rights.