Undocumented immigrants are Americans says Kasich

Eric Zulaski on July 21, 2015
Several bird dogs prompted John Kasich to discuss immigrant detention, money in politics, and the political influence of Pentagon contractors. He said undocumented immigrants are Americans and should not be held in detention for crossing the border; billionaires should not drive the political process; and on spending for vehicles to deploy a nuclear payload, he asked "How many nuclear weapons does it take to ruin your entire day and to destroy your whole country? Why do we need to do this?"

On Tuesday, July 21, a bird dog team went to see Ohio Governor, John Kasich, who just announced his candidacy for president.

At a town hall style meeting at Rivier University, I asked Kasich whether he agrees with me that we should end the immigrant detention quota. We captured some audio of Kasich's response, but due to technical complications his entire response was not recorded.

While Kasich admitted he needs to learn more about it, he said that if a person's only crime is to come into the country without documents, they shouldn't be incarcerated.

Kasich went on to say that the 12 million law abiding undocumented immigrants are good family people who work in our stores and go to church with us. He said, "They’re Americans. We should be recognizing that."

On my second point that for-profit prisons are driving this policy through lobbying and funding election campaigns, he said that he has no problem with someone making a buck. At the same time, he said, "I wouldn’t be for hassling people because somebody wants to make some money."

Another person asked about the role of "dark money" in politics. Kasich said the current system gives "a handful of billionaires" an outsized role in the political process, but he did not offer a solution.

Elizabeth asked about the inequitable influence of giant corporations like Lockheed Martin (video below). In his response he asked, "How many nuclear weapons does it take to ruin your entire day and to destroy your whole country? Why do we need to do this?"

He claims that his work to limit spending on the Stealth B2 Bomber was the only time in the 20th century that spending on a weapon system was limited by Congress. He said he reduced the number of bombers from the proposed 130 down to 20.

He believes the threat ought to determine what weapons we buy [not the lobbying or the contributions made to influence weapons acquisitions]. The video is here:

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