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O'Donnell: Close the borders entirely

In a debate with Democrat Chris Coons on Tuesday, Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell said she supports closing the U.S. borders entirely before any legislative action is taken to combat illegal immigration.

"On illegal immigration I think that we have to close the borders before we discuss any sort of amnesty or DREAM Act or anything," said O'Donnell, who currently trails Coons in the Delaware Senate race. Immediately afterward, O'Donnell praised the U.S. as a country that welcomed immigrants, "We are a magnet because people want to come over and pursue the American dream, but we have made it harder and harder to do exactly that."

Both Democrats and Republicans have called for increased border security, but it is rare for a candidate to say the borders should be closed completely.

The Daily Caller reports that they reached out to the O'Donnell campaign to confirm that she did not misspeak. The campaign says her statement accurately reflects O'Donnell's views.

(h/t Daily Caller)

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By Emi Kolawole  | October 19, 2010; 5:10 PM ET
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O'Donnell's proposition to close off the borders completely reveals the deeply flawed nature of the immigration debate in the United States. Closing the border would be completely impracticable and would only push immigrants further into the hands of traffickers. It is precisely these baseless policies drafted by myopic politicians, that have created such a void between theory and reality.
To put this argument in context: in my home country of Greece, tightened enforcement and coastal control, only led to the rampant immigrant-trafficking industry to adopt new dimensions and divert entry routes into the country. Where they had previously used small uninhabited islands on the Greek/Turkish border as entry points, immigrants were trafficked into the recently demined region of Evoia.
In other words, immigration will never seize simply because people as far removed from the problem as O'Donnell decide to wave their magic wand, because if people are desperate enough to leave their homes and their lives behind, there is a clear indication that they will surmount the impossible in order to enter the country of their aspirations.

This is why simultaneously targeting the source of the problems that incentivise immigrants to leave their country, and dispelling the myth of unrealistic attainment in another country, are paramount. If immigrants were to realize the full reality; that leaving their homes and exposing themselves to incredible trials and tribulations, could result in harassment and marginalization in another country, they would potentially consider their choice more seriously.
Having worked extensively with political refugees in Greece, it is clear that indeed most immigrants, illegal and otherwise, leave home with a distorted perception of what awaits them. This is why their entire community is often willing to "anchor" them into a more 'prosperous' country in the hope that they will then send money home. The grim reality is that often they will go from working a menial job in their country of citizenship to working an equally menial job in their host country, and this is worsened by the marginalization and prejudice they face. The "American Dream" that O'Donnell refers to is, for them, an illusion.

Finally, I have encountered numerous derogatory statements towards "illegals" surrounding the contentious topic of immigration that reveal a deep-rooted dehumanization of immigrants. "ILLEGAL LOVING liberals are going to pay for the ILLEGAL INVADERS" and "Liberals are sure to to love the violent culture they're bringing with them as well so I hope they will wear their "I'm a liberal" pins for I.D. when the trouble starts."

Comments such as these make me despair the absence of compassion that seems to be rampant in our societies particularly in the face of economic adversity. I ask of you to entertain the fact that there are no illegal lives and that your equation of poverty with criminality is deeply flawed.

Posted by: epsilon6 | October 25, 2010 3:17 AM | Report abuse

Well, maybe it would be easier to kick the immigrants out if every kid of theirs wasn't born a citizen, seeing as it's kind of difficult to deport citizens...

Posted by: MorningStar33 | October 23, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Close the borders . . .Glad I'm not planning an overseas trip in the near future.

Course, if my governor (Rick Perry) gets his way, Texas may be over the border.

Posted by: guitar1 | October 20, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Chaste Chastine remains unmarried.

The World gene pool remains untainted.

Posted by: kishorgala | October 20, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Wonder what O'Donnell's view is of the Irish Potato Famine ie Great Hunger?

Posted by: MerrillFrank | October 20, 2010 11:16 AM
No potatoes to eat? No problem! Eat Cake.

Posted by: kishorgala | October 20, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

O'Donnell: Close the borders entirely
Not until she goes for an overseas visit!

This cuckoo is flying all over the nests.

Posted by: kishorgala | October 20, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Republicans will never close the border, too many of the industries they own and operate depend upon the exploitation of illegal labor. Democrats will never close the border, that just isn't something they care that much about.

But why do Republican voters always think their corporate masters will do something about the border? They never have before?The AZ brown-in-public law is as meaningless as it is degrading. Don't Republican voters understand, all business owners care about is labor productivity, how much you have to pay to get product.

If cheap labor is illegal, that is ok with them. You want to close the border, you close businesses that exploit illegal labor, that easy, right?

Posted by: shrink2 | October 20, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure that O'Donnell is qualified to be a U.S. senator after her little brain fart on the First Amendment's separation of church and state debate with Chris Coons. She was clueless. I do, however, agree on closing the borders until the federal government gets their act together and actually stops illegal immigration and actually protects our borders. Frankly, right now I don't care if anyone comes here to pursue the so-called American dream. We need to take care of our own first and we have not been doing a great job of doing that. Illegals have no right to be here under any circumstances and the federal government has completely failed in that responsibility. The result is that the states, beginning with Arizona, are starting to take care of their own borders in order to deal with the illegal immigrant population. Perhaps when the borders are under control, we can have a better system for legal immigration.

Posted by: garypierce1 | October 20, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

NO Reconquesta !!! No La Raza (the race) Graffiti!!! * "KILL THE WHITE DOGS" !!!

Posted by: lennybeachboy999 | October 20, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

NO "Reconquista" Of The American Southwest!!! NO "La Raza" *the race)* Promoting "KILL THE WHITE DOGS" signed "LA RAZA" !!! READ THE WRITING ON THE WALL ...

Posted by: lennybeachboy999 | October 20, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Wonder what O'Donnell's view is of the Irish Potato Famine ie Great Hunger?

Posted by: MerrillFrank | October 20, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I will say O'Donnell is good looking, maybe she should try being a dancer or something...
Posted by: RealChoices

No, she is flabby, to put it nicely. But she had a pretty face. I loved the salacious smile she threw at the camera years ago, when she said, "If he chooses to please himself, then why am I in the picture?"

Posted by: shrink2 | October 20, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure my Canadian husband would get a kick out of that.

Posted by: MrsCanuck | October 20, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

You go girl.

Posted by: bcomber38 | October 20, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

O'Donnel is a joke. She obviouly does not have what it takes to serves as a U.S. Senator.

If lived in Delaware, I would vote her without question!

Why? Because her opponent will vote to support Obama and his policies!

O'Donnel - BETTER!

It is funny. The press spends a lot of energy pointing out the flaws in the 'Tea Party' candidates. The press pointedly does NOT examaine why these flawed candidates are competitive with the much more professional Democratic candidates.

I guess they think some questions are better left unanswered. That's OK.

A lot of questions will be anwered on November 2nd.

A lot!

Posted by: TECWRITE | October 20, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

If some of the liberals commenting here had to see and live with what's coming across our borders they'd be singing a different tune!
ILLEGAL LOVING liberals are going to pay for Obama and Napolitano's ILLEGAL INVADERS. They're still coming in by the thousands a day without the support required of REAL IMMIGRANTS and with our economy in shreds, the taxpayer won't be able to pay any more for their bills for healthcare, education of their kids and the rest if the benefits Democrats think we should be giving these future Democrat voters!
Liberals are sure to to love the violent culture they're bringing with them as well so I hope they will wear their "I'm a liberal" pins for I.D. when the trouble starts. Maybe I should have said "when the trouble reaches them" because many of us are already dealing with it!

Posted by: TexRancher | October 20, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Christine O'Donnell and Joe Miller are now on the record for proposing impossible and impratical ideas over immigration. Both ideas would lead to a recreation of East Germany and North Korea, both were (or are as in the case of North Korea) totalitarian Communist countries whose citizens have limited freedom. Do O'Donnell and Miller also propose that Americans not travel abroad due to the closed borders policy? Ridiculous.

Posted by: adelef_2000 | October 20, 2010 5:12 AM | Report abuse

"We are a magnet because people want to come over and pursue the American dream, but we have made it harder and harder to do exactly that."

And closing the border will help....

A perfect example of her extremism. Take an issue and go to the most ridiculous extremes, shes done it in her personal and religious life and now she wants to do it in government. She claims the centre? I dont think so....

Posted by: Chops2 | October 20, 2010 4:28 AM | Report abuse

North Korea, here we come (doo daa, doo daa), all the livelong day ...

Simple minds make simple music.

Posted by: Geheimnis | October 20, 2010 4:03 AM | Report abuse

The Great Wall of China didn't work... but they would be glad to "lend" us the money to build our own.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | October 20, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

This is the first intelligent thing she has said. Yes, let's close the borders entirely. I drove through Wheaton MD the other day and thought the same thing.

Posted by: jackson641 | October 19, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

It's really sad that she has even made it this far. How could she even be considered capable to be a senator of the US says allot about Delaware.
The first amendment has been debated for a long time and is obviously meant to keep governing and religion separate. I will take Thomas Jefferson's opinion over this idiot any day. This is not a christian nation. It is a nation for all beliefs and the freedom to believe what you want. DUH!

Posted by: sitgeorgia | October 19, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

It's that durn media again! How dare they report what she actually says?!?

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | October 19, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I love how these "small government" conservatives want to create a massive police state. Exactly how would we "close the borders entirely"? Build a wall around the country? Ground all international flights? mine our coasts?

I will say O'Donnell is good looking, maybe she should try being a dancer or something, because she sure isn't cut out for governing.

Posted by: RealChoices | October 19, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Most people who comment on the First Amendment seem to miss the point of it.

It guarantees these things, in order:

Freedom of Thought,
Freedom of Communication,
Freedom to Gather,
and Freedom to Protest.

The order of these guarantees is no accident.

Posted by: james0tucson | October 19, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Up in Canada, my friends want the borders closed to prevent entry of Americans. Especially if the Tea Party wins; you have to keep the psychos, guns, conspiracy theorists and other riff-raff out!

Posted by: magnifco1000 | October 19, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

FYI . . . and just so you know . . .

The patriots over at FreeRepublic think O'Donnell wiped the floor with Coons.

That's just how cosmic this divide is.

Posted by: palmtree2001 | October 19, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse
No surprise there. Even if she said God is woman living in Idaho the "Patriots" will find a way to make sense out of it.

What the Republican party realizes is that people like Miller, Buck, Paladino, Paul, and Angle are all seat fillers should they win. The same way Chicago placed what's his name in the senate seat and then forbade him to run for election.

These people are not politician and regardless of what they say they have no idea how to accomplish anything. who are the 59 other senators or 250 Congress people is she going to influence to close the borders "ENTIRELY"?

Posted by: justonevoice | October 19, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

We should seal the borders around the psychiatric hospital that O'Donnell needs to be commited to. Thank you for making the star of the tea-psycho candidates even crazier than Newt.

Posted by: revbookburn | October 19, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

The only thing O'Donnell knocks out is her chance at being elected.

As Coons and others know, the words "separation of church and state" are not in the Constitution, but "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" is, and it is THAT clause that has been LEGALLY interpreted to mean a separation of church and state. Plus, Thomas Jefferson's words in a letter to a church about the 1st amendment being a "wall of separation" between church and state. Yep, it's clear enough for cavemen to understand, sorry T-nuts if you can't keep up.

Posted by: hitpoints | October 19, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Say goodnight, Gracie.

Posted by: mtskins | October 19, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Say goodnight, Gracie.

Posted by: mtskins | October 19, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

This woman is the best political comedy routine to hit since the Daily Show. Let's hope she get's elected and the laughs keep coming.
Close the borders. Really? So much for Spring Break in Cancun.

Posted by: SmartAlec | October 19, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

What Odonnell asked was entirely correct and factual. There IS no separation of church and state in our constitution.

Its really so simple that even a cave person - or a democrat (sorry cavepeople) can figure this out.

The verbiage is clear, simple and short.

Looks like Odonnell knocked it out of the park - and the left was too busy playing pocket pool to respond intelligently.

Whats new?

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | October 19, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to hear some realistic policy positions or comments from Ms. O'Donnell for a change. What is this, feudal Japan of centuries ago?

Posted by: tronic1 | October 19, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the clarification, edwardallen54!!!

Posted by: DecafDrinker | October 19, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes clearly another example of liberal media bias. What she meant to say is she wanted Barnes and Noble to buy Borders books and close them down. She did not support Borders buying Barnes and Noble.
BTW, she also declared there is no separation of church and state in the Constitution. (Yes, she did mean the U.S. Constitution). I think she must have come to this realization some years back while she was lying stretched out on a satanic altar

Posted by: edwardallen54 | October 19, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

She meant the border between her mind and reality.

Posted by: leftcoaster | October 19, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

A couple of comments.

First, O'Donnell is hilarious. She seems to say just about anything that pops into her head, and when she tries to back out of what she said, it just gets worse.

For all of the BS about "liberal media," I certainly see very little about her on network news.

Posted by: amstphd | October 19, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

FYI . . . and just so you know . . .

The patriots over at FreeRepublic think O'Donnell wiped the floor with Coons.

That's just how cosmic this divide is.

Posted by: palmtree2001 | October 19, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I thought she meant close Borders Books, since she obviously doesn't read anything. PHEW! Glad I read these posts...what a relief!

Posted by: DecafDrinker | October 19, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

All of you are so stupid...Do I have to do all the media spin for O'Donnell here!

She MEANT to say "I need to make a run for the border." channeling the Taco Bell commercial..
She wanted a gordita! Give her a break you liberals...GEEEEZZ!

Posted by: hayden1 | October 19, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if I even want to hear her explain what she means.

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 19, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

Posted by: cmsatown | October 19, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

A lot of Irish Americans came to this country by walking over the Canadian border since it was cheaper to ship to Canada. Whether or not that included any of her ancestors is presently unknown. By her own remarks it seems that the borders which are definitely now closed are those around her brain.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | October 19, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

ha ha ha, she is so stupid.

Posted by: johng1 | October 19, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Considering her fine mind and intuitive grasp for the intricacies of governing, I wonder if she has any clue what she even means by 'closing the borders' let alone how to do it.

Posted by: kamdog | October 19, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Can we simply put border barricades up around Delaware? That will keep nutjob O'Donnell from infecting the rest of the country with her brand of ignorance.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | October 19, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

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