When Republican candidate for US Congress, Jacob Turk went to a candidates forum at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City’s urban core, Tuesday morning, he knew that he was going to be a tough sell to the youthful, liberal audience.
A Hispanic girl certainly played her part well, when she asked what I imagine she thought was a trick question, “what is your definition of America and freedom?”
“We have liberty to do what we each choose, without stepping on the rights of somebody else”, Turk responded.
The girl then pounced – see if you can follow her logic:
“On your website – (so this would be quoting you directly) – you say, I am against illegal immigration, I oppose amnesty and I support legal immigration. You just said that you shouldn’t be stepping on the rights of anybody else, and you said that freedom was for everybody… now, if you’re saying that, why can’t I can’t bring up my cousin and my uncle from Mexico to live with me to chase the same American dream that you want, and if he does come, why are you totally allowed to step on his liberties…?”
She bellicosely continued; “You say Hispanics and illegal aliens in general are the ones taking up all the space in your prisons….”
Jacob countered – “That’s not from my website…”
She insisted it was, much to the delight of the other students.
Oh, for crying out loud – here’s what’s on his website:
I am against illegal immigration. I oppose amnesty.
I support legal immigration.
The porous southern border MUST be closed, our northern border security beefed up, and our ports secured. For our southern border, I would insist that the 700 miles of double layer fence that was mandated by Congress in 2006 be built.
Hospitals are overwhelmed, school resources are used up, our law enforcement resources are drained, and our prisons are overflowing in large part due to the waves of illegal aliens invading this country. Americans are paying BILLIONS of dollars, hand over fist, to subsidize the cost of ‘cheap’ labor, and allowing it to continue is a loss for our economy.
I do not support any additional immigration reform until our borders are secured and illegal immigration is halted. When the fence is built and the border secured, we can move forward on retooling our immigration system.
We say loud and clear:
BUILD THE FENCE. SECURE OUR BORDERS.
So – no – he didn’t say Hispanics and illegal aliens are the ones taking up all the space in our prisons. He said “our prisons are overflowing in large part due to waves of illegal immigration invading the country.” And he’s absolutely correct about that.
But she thundered on, “you say we’re taking up space in your prisons… (and then her “coup de gras”)….when for a fact we take up less than 10% and the majority taking up space in your prisons are WHITE!!!11!
The latest statistics on the racial make up of the prison population doesn’t even come close to bearing out Little Miss La Raza’s claim.
On June 30, 2006, an estimated 4.8% of black non-Hispanic men were in prison or jail, compared to 1.9% of Hispanic men of any race and 0.7% of white non-Hispanic men. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) non-Hispanic blacks accounted for 39.4% of the total prison and jail population in 2009.[not in citation given] According to the 2010 census of the US Census Bureau blacks (including Hispanic blacks) comprised 13.6% of the US population.
Hispanics (of all races) were 20.6% of the total jail and prison population in 2009. Hispanics comprised 16.3% of the US population according to the 2010 US census. The Northeast has the highest incarceration rates of Hispanics in the nation. Connecticut has the highest Hispanic-to-White ratio with 6.6 Hispanic males for every white male. The National Average Hispanic-to-White ratio is 1.8. Other states with high Hispanic-to-White ratios include Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New York.
The Hispanic community is not monolithic, and thus there are variations, even with incarceration rates. Among the Hispanic community, Puerto Ricans have the highest incarceration rate, and are up to six times more likely to be incarcerated than whites, and may explain the higher incarceration rates for Hispanics in the Northeast region.Illegal immigrants, usually of Mexican origin, also make up a substantial number of Hispanics incarcerated.
In 2010 black non-Hispanic males were incarcerated at the rate of 4,347 inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents of the same race and gender. White males were incarcerated at the rate of 678 inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents. Hispanic males were incarcerated at the rate of 1,755 inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents. For female rates see the table below.
However, black majority cities have similar crime statistics for blacks as do cities where majority of population is white. For example, white majority San Diego has a slightly lower crime rate for blacks than does Atlanta, a city which has black majority in population and city government.
Census data for 2000, which included a count of the number and race of all individuals incarcerated in the United States, showed for each state that the proportion of blacks in prison populations exceeded the proportion of whites among state residents in every state. In twenty states, the percent of blacks incarcerated was at least five times greater than their share of resident population.
If she had been on her game, she would have cited the correct numbers and blamed it on institutional racism.
Jacob responded by making the obvious point that when he referred to our rights – he was talking about American citizens.
He made another obvious point in saying that he and his wife, Donna, “are not the Republican party”.
Then he went on to make the case for immigration reform, but only AFTER the United States follows our current immigration laws.