In Iowa, Social Conservatives Cheer Tough Immigration Rhetoric

August 11, 2014

AMES, IOWA – In the immigration debate since President Obama won re-election, amnesty proponents have pointed to Evangelical Christians as a key ally in securing a major bipartisan deal to bring citizenship to millions of illegal aliens. But at the Family Leadership Summit, a major conference of social conservatives here, the audience wildly cheered political figures who championed stronger immigration policies. “If you will not secure the border of our country, the State of Texas will,” Texas Governor Rick Perry thundered as the crowd exploded in applause. Perry talked about the issue at length, pointing out that Obama was warned about the crisis over two years ago, but failed to address the crisis. He told stories that emphasized the human tragedy of the crisis, how one illegal immigrant killed a border agent while he was fishing with his family and other criminal illegal immigrants molested a young girl. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz warned that an estimated 145,000 illegal unaccompanied minors were expected to cross the border next year. “And listen, these are little boys and little girls that are being trafficked in – not by well meaning social workers with

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