2016 Election Richard Falknor on 21 Apr 2016
Last April 7, we wrote about (click here) what we called the “Jeff Sessions Test.”
In talking with Maryland U.S. Senate GOP primary candidate Dave Wallace (click here) this week about national security matters, we asked Dave if he would respond to the concerns the Alabama senator raised.
Whatever the outcome of this year’s watershed elections, these concerns will surely continue to be exigent matters before the United States Senate.
Drawing on our April 7 post, we are restating (below) these concerns that have drawn thousands to rallies across the nation — together with Wallace’s responses.
The “Jeff Sessions Test”
Senator Jeff Sessions in February drew a list of questions (click here for Julia Hahn’s Breitbart background) for presidential candidates which we have adapted (via our brackets) for Senate candidates—
“Question 1: How would you vote…on fast-track, and would you support or oppose advancing a final trade agreement which enters the United States into a new international commission with binding authority on future United States trade policy?
Wallace: “I oppose granting fast track authority to Pres. Obama and his TPP trade deal. Pres. Obama has at best demonstrated utter incompetence in negotiating trade deals and at worst shown clear disregard for U.S. national interests and sovereignty regarding these trade deals.”
Question 2: If the vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership were held today, and you had a vote to cast in Congress, would you vote for it or against it?
Question 3: Upon entering office, will you [urge the prompt and unconditional termination and recission] of all of President Obama’s illegal executive amnesties – which provide work permits and entitlements to illegal aliens – including President Obama’s first executive amnesty in 2012, which remains in effect?
Wallace:“I would vote to terminate, repeal, and completely cut the funding for all of Obama’s illegal executive amnesties –which provide work permits and welfare programs to illegal aliens.”
Question 4: A supermajority of GOP voters say immigration is too high. Every year, on autopilot, we let in another 1 million immigrants on green cards, 700,000 foreign guest workers, half a million foreign students, and 100,000 refugees and asylees. Historical precedent would be to reduce record-breaking immigration, rather than continuing to surge it beyond all historical precedent. Will you support legislation to reduce immigration numbers, and will you oppose legislation that would add to the number?
Wallace: “I support legislation to reduce immigration to the U.S. America is an incredibly generous and welcoming country to immigrants. But after the enormous amount of immigration to the U.S. in the last fifty years — some over 61 million new immigrants and their children — America must now calculate the costs. These costs include the burden this massive amount of immigration has placed on our criminal justice system, education system, healthcare system, etc. And with ISIS terrorists threatening to use our lax immigration system to hide terrorists amongst other immigrants, our immigration system must be thoroughly overhauled to meet this new threat. Also, federal funds must be cut off to sanctuary cities that shelter criminal illegal immigrants. In Maryland, the cost of crimes committed by criminal illegal immigrants is unacceptable. Just a couple weeks ago, two illegal immigrants allegedly raped a twelve year old little girl in Montgomery County. These outrageous crimes against the citizens of Maryland must stop now.
After the radical amnesty and general explosive increase of the infusion of immigrants into the United States, we must put in place a pause
in legal immigration at this time, so that we can assimilate all of those who have come in this progressively greater 40 year wave of immigrants.”
Question 5: Today, law enforcement are under increasing scrutiny and face excessive criticism from the political elites and the media, and are being targeted by criminals and terrorists. Meanwhile, since 2011, the federal prison population has declined by over 20,000, and is on track to be at its lowest level since 2005. Since 2009, the total state prison population has dropped every year, and is over 56,000 lower than it was then. These circumstances may have contributed to a nationwide spike in crime. The FBI recently reported an overall increase in violent crime and a 17 percent increase in homicides in the nation’s 50 largest cities. At the same time, the CDC reports that heroin and opioid drug overdoses have reached an all-time record high. Do you support efforts by President Obama and some Republicans in Congress to reduce penalties for drug-trafficking and further reduce the federal prison population, or do you think government should do more to keep drug traffickers off the streets?”(Highlighting Forum’s throughout).
Wallace: “The murder rate in Baltimore is at all-time highs. The murder rate is being caused by gang warfare related to heroin distribution in Baltimore and surrounding areas. This carnage must be stopped immediately. I will work to bring all the federal government resources possible to stop this heroin blood bath. Instead of investigating the Baltimore Police Department, as Obama has done, I would end that investigation at once. Instead, I would have every federal agency possible target the Baltimore heroin traffickers and murderous drug gangs.”
And a question we consider a survival matter–
Would you support a pause in Muslim immigration?
Wallace: “Gov. Larry Hogan joined a majority of the nation’s governors in calling for a pause on Middle Eastern refugees, until proper screening procedures for potential terrorist infiltrators are put in place. I wholeheartedly concur, and would work directly with Gov. Hogan to address this issue. The head of the FBI has stated that these immigrants cannot at present be effectively screened. The recent killing of seventeen Americans in San Bernardino, California by a terrorist who exploited the fiancé visa program should set off alarm bells for all Americans that our immigration system must be thoroughly overhauled and our national security vulnerabilities must be addressed immediately. Without personal safety and security all other benefits of being an American citizen are effectively moot. I support an immediate halt on immigration from any country with a high probability of terrorist infiltration until proper screening procedures for potential terrorists are put in place.”
Finally, we ask—
Which incumbent United States Senator’s accomplishments would candidate Wallace follow as a model?
Wallace: “Sen. Jeff Sessions. I would work alongside Sen. Sessions to secure our borders and reform our immigration laws to put the economic well-being and personal safety and security of American citizens first. For without these elements, we will lose that which we as Americans all cherish.”
As we wrote on April 7 — Maryland Republicans should insist on clear answers from whoever is their standard bearer for United States Senator. Many Maryland voters of all flavors will respect blunt answers in these times of grave peril to our land.