Governor John Kasich of Ohio, who has not yet won a primary or a caucus is locked in a tight race with Donald Trump to win his home-state primary on March 15th. He reiterated today on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace that if elected his first order of business will be to pursue amnesty for the 11 million – 15 million people who are in the country illegally. He said he will get it done within the first 100 days of his presidency.
Kasich said much the same thing in the last debate in Miami, but moderators did not follow up on the question. Thankfully Chris Wallace did. Because Kasich hasn’t won anything yet he doesn’t get many questions in the debates but he has used his limited time to offer some surprising positions. His position on amnesty is one of them. But he also offered a view of religious liberty in the last 2 debates that would gut the 1st Amendment. Kasich’s views would force both religious people and religious institutions to violate their faith or run afoul of the law. This would include everything from forcing churches to perform same-sex marriages and pay for abortions to forcing Christian doctors to perform abortions. Should Kasich ever rise above 4th in a 4-man race this would surely become an issue.
At Least Kasich Is Honest About His Amnesty Plans
With amnesty being the policy that dare not speak its name – beloved by the political class and hated by much of the base – at least Kasich came clean when speaking with Wallace on Fox. Senator Marco Rubio on the other hand, architect of the defeated Gang of 8 legislation along with New York Senator Chuck Schumer, continues to dissemble, dodge, and evade when asked his position. Immigration remains the one issue on which Donald Trump is markedly different than the other candidates and which, until now, most are loathe to discuss.
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