Virginia Foxx has this to say on her website:
"My Democrat opponent does not understand the threat that illegal immigration poses on our security and our way of life. He and I strongly disagree on how to address this issue. My opponent proudly supports giving citizenship to illegal immigrants as a way to secure our borders. I believe those who break the law to come to America should not be rewarded for it. He is simply out of touch on the issue of illegal immigration and every other issue that is important to the people of the 5th district."
Well, I had to retort:
Ms. Foxx, following in the footsteps of Bush and Tom DeLay, chooses to distort Roger’s positions and use straw-man arguments rather than debate the issues.
Roger never advocated giving citizenship to all illegal immigrants. Like the United States Senate, he favors a path to citizenship for those working here already under certain guidelines.
Those immigrants, who are already here, contributing to society and the economy, have nothing to do with national security.
Roger supports increasing the border patrol to prevent terrorists and illegal immigrants from entering this country unfettered. Ms. Foxx left that out of her statement.
But what is more telling is that Ms. Foxx never mentions her corporate cronies, those who hire the illegal immigrants and profit from their cheap labor.
Ms. Foxx could never do that, because these are the people that have bought and paid for her campaign. These are the people that have contributed to her million dollar war chest.
Make no mistake, when Virginia Foxx talks about illegal immigration, she doesn't care about lost jobs in the 5th District that have been outsourced. She and her allies in Congress support it. She doesn't care about the immigrants or their place in our already struggling economy.
Ms. Foxx cares about getting elected. That's it. Once back in office, Ms. Foxx will continue to do the same nothing about illegal immigration that she has for the past two years.
If Ms. Foxx is really serious about immigration reform, she should support, as Roger does, heavy sanctions on those who employ illegal immigrants. But she can't do that because those corporations are her constituents. Not the working people of the 5th Districts, but the companies that lay those people off, that outsource their jobs, that look for those willing to work for the lowest possible wage.
Ms. Foxx can attack Roger on this issue all she likes using the tried and true Republican scare tactics. But Roger will not back down. Ms. Foxx is now getting what she has called for so many times: an opponent with solutions. An opponent who wants to do something rather than blame someone else for their own shortcomings. An opponent who will stand up and say "NO!" when invited to mudsling and divide the people.
So I invite you know, Ms. Foxx, to continue these lies and deceptions. Roger will answer every one in kind with the truth. The people of the 5th District have seen your record for the past two years. They see through your smoke and mirrors game.
Unlike you, Ms. Foxx, Roger wants to empower the people of the 5th District rather than insult their intelligence.
Also, unlike you, Ms. Foxx, Roger will not be bullied. Roger will not be intimidated. Roger will not back down.
So you go back to Washington, Ms. Foxx ,and you tell your lobbyist friends, and your corporate friends, and your big oil friends. You go back and tell them that Roger Sharpe is coming.