Author and political commentator Ann Coulter said there should be a 10-year freeze on immigration to the U.S. since the federal government has demonstrated it cannot enforce current law.
“There’s a law on the books that says if a country will not take a criminal back the attorney general shall, not may, shall deny visas, any visas coming from that country – that is on the books right now. Has it been enforced by Republicans or Democrats? No, it has not,” Coulter said during an interview with PJ Media.
“There’s a law on the books right now that says an immigrant who has been convicted of a crime in America who does not cooperate in being sent home, that itself is a crime, not signing the papers, not showing up when you’re supposed to, that itself is a crime punishable by 4 years in prison – that’s never enforced. It’s just not enforced. Three times Congress has voted to build a fence and it never gets built,” she added.
According to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 33,007 illegal immigrants with criminal records in 2013. Following these releases, 121 were charged with homicides.
Based on the research Coulter conducted, she concluded that a legal fix is not going to improve the immigration system.
“The entire thing has to be shut down. No more immigration for 10 years. We get our books in order. We assimilate the ones already here. Build a fence. Repeal anchor babies and then we start up with the pre-1970 immigration policies,” Coulter said.
“It’s not just Obama; Bush was the same way. Bush didn’t enforce it, either. The entire immigration bureaucracy is corrupt. It is run by and staffed by left-wingers who hate America who in other times would have been fighting with revolutionaries in Latin America and getting themselves arrested. Now they punish Americans here at home. They say we are racist, sexist, imperialistic, greedy, they want to transform America because they hate America,” she added.
Coulter told PJ Media that Republicans can win in 2016 without substantial support from the Hispanic community.
“If Romney had won the Hispanic vote by 71 percent, which Republicans are never going to get in a presidential election, he still would have lost. If he got 4 percentage points more of the white vote he would have won,” Coulter said during an interview about her new book, Adios, America. “Republicans for years have been embarrassed for getting white votes. Why should white votes be embarrassing?”
Despite this, Coulter said there are some arguments Republicans can make to appeal to minorities.
“Particularly it’s African-Americans who are hurt the most by all of this low-wage immigration. It’s driving their wages down. It’s killing them in the job market and not coincidently, as I point out in my book, Pete Wilson, who ran in California in 1994 and got the highest percentage of any Republican running in California in about half a century by tying himself with titanium chords to Proposition 187 and won a huge come-from-behind victory,” she said.
Proposition 187 was a ballot imitative that called for the creation of a system to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits.
Coulter also said Romney received 20 percent of the young African American male vote because of his “self-deportation” position on immigration. She argued that the Republican nominee could take tough positions on illegal immigration and defeat the Democratic nominee in 2016.
“Immigration both legal and illegal is killing African-Americans. So generally there’s a lot of ethnic voting; I wouldn’t hang my hat on winning with the black vote or winning with some sliver of the Hispanic vote but whites, number one, are still a majority in this country and number two, they are still Republican voters,” she said. “Again, the Democrats can’t get white voters to vote for them and three, basically since Ronald Reagan, Republicans have been ignoring the white vote.”