Cuccinelli: Immigrants are ‘Invading’ the Country ‘One Person at a Time’

Ken Cuccinelli, former Virginia Attorney General and now the leader of the Senate Conservatives Fund, is spewing the usual rhetoric against immigration, claiming that the United States is being “invaded” by immigrants “one person at a time.”

Discussing the decision of Republican leaders in Congress to ally with Democrats to pass a Department of Homeland Security funding bill, Deace asked Cuccinelli: “Is there any affront to the Constitution this president could commit that would cause the current Republican leaders in Congress to really, substantively attempt to do something about it and stop it? Is there anything he could do? Anything?”

“I can’t think of one,” Cuccinelli responded. “I mean, other than surrendering to everybody — I mean, we’re being invaded. We’re being invaded, right? One person at a time, we’re being invaded. And the president isn’t protecting us from invasion, he’s encouraging the invasion, and he’s doing it unconstitutionally.”…

Cuccinelli used similar rhetoric in a Facebook post last year in support of then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s questionable decision to send the Texas National Guard to the southern border to confront Central American child migrants. “The border states that are being directly invaded by illegal immigrants – Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico – may constitutionally deal with the invasion themselves, at least as it relates to attempting to stop the flow across their own borders,” Cuccinelli wrote at the time.

Irony alert: What is the first thing conservatives say when arguing that America is the greatest country in the world? “Look how many people want to leave their countries and come here to get a better future!” And yet when they do — at least when they’re brown people — they’re “invading” the country and trying to destroy it. They have nothing to sell but fear itself.

As Jimmy Tingle said long ago about the immigration debate, “The problem isn’t that they’re stealing out jobs, the problem is that they’re short, dark-skinned Catholic people who reproduce at a faster rate than the people who work at the mall. If it was 100,000 Scandinavian women with their tubes tied, the Senate would be at the airport to welcome them to out country.”

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  • John Pieret

    The people who really had this complaint were Native Americans but people like Cuccinelli think the white Europeans’ invasion was ok because the First Nation people were suspiciously brown too.

  • dugglebogey

    Something like 2 million Syrians have immigrated to Lebanon, where there are only some 4 million Lebanese people living.

    THAT is an immigration problem, not 100,000 out of 300 Million.

  • fmitchell

    “Strangers would come to the shop … in gangs of one or two!” — Edward Tattsyrup, The League of Gentlemen ep 1×01 (possibly not the exact quote)

  • teawithbertrand

    According to Ken’s Wikipedia page, his family “invaded” this country from Italy and Ireland at some point.

  • Synfandel

    List of countries by net per-capita immigration rate:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_net_migration_rate

    The USA is fortieth.

    Yemen is thirty-eighth.

    Zimbabwe, fercrisake, is third.

    I hope the USA can cope.

  • Larry

    And what’s more, the invasion started on January 20, 2009! Before then, nothing.

    I’m not saying anything here, I’m just sayin…

    After all, it would be wrong not to speculate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1092933945 mikegarber

    I once had a drippy faucet. It’s intention was flooding my house, one drop at a time.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Doug Stanhope on immigration:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaFZrxlPwWs

    “There’s a specific group of people who come in to this country to the tune of 4 million people a year and they don’t contribute anything.. I know it’s politically incorrect to say it but… you know who I’m talking about* you know who I’m talking about. Who am I talking about? BABIES. That’s who I’m talking about.”

    (* the best part is the sucker in the audience who says ‘Yeah!’)

  • Artor

    Funny, “Cuccinelli” doesn’t sound like a native American name…

  • cottonnero

    Johnny Cash sang about building a Cadillac the same way.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    .According to Ken’s Wikipedia page, his family “invaded” this country from Italy and Ireland at some point.

    I’m second gen American, grew up with bilingual parents and much of grandparent generation speaking poor English or little English, including a grandmother who immigrated at 20 and died at 93, STILL barely capable of communicating in English. What I’ve learned is that it takes just two generations to turn some dark-skinned immigrants into dark skin hating Americans with amnesia and a rewritten family history. So Cuccinelli needn’t fret. The invaders will soon be clucking derisively about the next wave of immigrants who refuse to assimilate.

  • StevoR

    the United States is being “invaded” by immigrants “one person at a time.”

    Well.

    That’ll

    take

    a

    while

    then ..

  • busterggi

    Invading one personat a time is clearly the most effective tactic – if only the Alles had used it on D-Day there would have been almost zero casualties and the landings would be almost halfway over by now.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ bustergii : Y’know I somehow doubt that.

  • Nemo

    Damn, I was really hoping I’d heard the last of Ken Cuccinelli.