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DeMint: ‘Push Back Against the Federal Government’

Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) tells National Review Online that he urges states to “push back against the federal government” by passing new immigration laws similar to the one recently passed in Arizona. “Every state will handle it differently,” he predicts. “We need to protect citizens against the violence and crime associated with illegal immigration. South Carolina has already passed laws to crack down on illegal immigrants. Many other states are also under a lot of pressure because of high unemployment to not let illegal immigrants come and take jobs.”

“It’s important that Republicans talk about the importance of addressing illegal immigration,” DeMint tells us. “This is a long-term problem that impacts our economy and the heritage of our country. At the same time, [Republicans] need to be clear about the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants — heralding the importance of addressing the latter.”

The White House and Hill Democrats “don’t want a solution here,” DeMint laments. “They want continued trouble so we can be cast as demagogues — so they can say Republicans are against immigrants. Let’s realize that these big demonstrations against Arizona’s law are union organized and focus on the addressing how to deal with the millions of illegal immigrants in this country. It’s about our survival and safety as a nation.”

To back up his words, DeMint is sponsoring a new amendment to continue building a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border. More about the politics of the fence here.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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