Sarah Palin pushed back against Jeb Bush’s argument that decreased fertility rates in the United States meant that immigration reform was necessary.
“I say this as someone who’s kind of fertile herself,” the mother of five told attendees at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference today. “I don’t think that’s where we want to go in deciding how will we incentivize the hard-working responsible families who want to . . . follow the law and become Americans versus those whose very first act on our soil is to break the law. “
During his speech at the same event on Friday, Bush had said that “immigrants are more fertile,” and noted that the United States was not replacing its population quickly enough.
Palin also derided the Gang of Eight’s proposal. “Let’s not kid ourselves in believing that we can rebuild our majority, by the way,” she urged, “by passing a pandering, rewarding-the-rule-breakers, still-no-border-security, special-interests-ridden amnesty bill.”
Palin harshly criticized the government over the slew of recent scandals, saying that “in Benghazi, the government lied and Americans died.” She also warned about how the Obamacare implementation would necessitate swelling the IRS’s ranks, saying the government would be “hiring up to 16,000 to 20,000 perhaps-armed IRS agents to implement this act.”
She gave a shout-out to Senator Ted Cruz, whom she enthusiastically endorsed last year, saying that Congress would be better if it went on “cruise control – Ted Cruz control” for a week.
Palin announced her opposition to intervening in Syria at the current time, saying, “When both sides are slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary red line ‘Allah Akbar,’ I say until we have someone who knows what they’re doing doing, I say let Allah sort it out.”
She also deplored the fact that the U.S. is “becoming a totalitarian surveillance state.”