One of the nation’s largest activist groups against illegal immigration and amnesty announced Monday it is endorsing Donald Trump for president.
While that might not come as a huge surprise, given that Trump has built his campaign around a pledge to deport illegals and build a wall on the southern border, the leader of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, or ALIPAC, says it’s a historic first for the organization.
“This endorsement breaks for the first time with the national organization’s 11-year policy of not endorsing presidential candidates,” said William Gheen, president of ALIPAC.
Gheen said the decision was driven partly by the need to “consolidate support” behind one candidate at this stage of the primary season.
“One thing I know with all my heart, is that the people supporting Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are America’s best hope for survival,” he said. “I sincerely believe we must now work to consolidate support behind Trump because he is the strongest anti-establishment candidate and has the best chance of overcoming the devious plans of the biased media and D.C. insiders that are desperate to stop this populist political revolt.”
While the Republican establishment is coalescing around Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Gheen said his organization became spooked by the establishment ghosts they found in Ted Cruz’s closet.
Those ghosts have been, in fact, hiding in the closet of Cruz’s wife, Heidi, Gheen said.
He said Heidi Cruz, as an executive for Goldman Sachs and former member of the Council on Foreign Relations, “works in the command center of the establishment elites.”
And these elites believe strongly in open borders and secret trade deals that will eventually lead to the creation of a “North American Union” similar to the European Union, he said.
One issue that turned ALIPAC sour on Cruz was his wife’s participation in the authorship of a CFR report titled “Building a North American Community.” Cruz has said his wife’s contribution to the report was meant to throw cold water on the idea of a North American Union but others disagree.
“While ALIPAC appreciates Cruz’s promises to also enforce immigration laws and campaign focus on illegal immigration, revelations that his wife Heidi Cruz is a signatory to the Council on Foreign Relations document ‘Building a North American Community’ disqualifies anyone in the Cruz family from occupying the White House,” Gheen said. “Heidi Cruz’s employment with Goldman Sachs and role as a signer of the Open Borders Manifesto from the CFR is too much of a risk for America during this unstable and chaotic time.”
He said the stakes are simply too high in ALIPAC’s eyes.
“America cannot allow any of the main architects of the illegal-alien invasion like Heidi Cruz and her CFR co-conspirators, which included Dr. Robert Pastor (professor and founding director of the Center for North American Studies at American University), to enter the White House as president or first lady,” he continued. “The CFR and the document Heidi helped write is the elitist blueprint for merging America’s economy with Canada and Mexico and to use illegal immigrants to force us all into that new superstate.”
He said ALIPAC has been fighting against the CFR’s utopian goal of global governance since 2005 “and as such we must reject the candidacy of Ted Cruz.”
While Trump has alienated some on the right with recent comments about Planned Parenthood and his perceived lukewarm support for Israel, ALIPAC has one concern and one concern only – that Trump’s talk might be tougher than his actions on immigration.
“We will fight tooth and nail for Donald Trump until the last day of his second term as long as he stays true to his GOP primary supporters and his promises to deport illegals, build a substantial wall, decrease legal immigration levels to help American workers, and end dangerous Muslim refugee resettlement programs,” said Gheen. “However, we do plan to oppose any touch-back amnesty plans for deported illegal immigrants. ALIPAC stands behind our current laws that say any illegal immigrants deported from the United States are prohibited from legal entry for a minimum of 10 years and we hope Mr. Trump will honor that law when our members of Congress refuse to change it.”
Gheen said he is willing to accept that Trump has had a “recent conversion or evolution” on immigration issues after reading Ann Coulter’s book, “Adios America,” because many Americans have also experienced such an awakening on the issue.
“Often, new readers perusing the archives at www.ALIPAC.us are shocked to discover just how planned and intentional mass illegal immigration is and how many Americans are losing life, limb, property, and livelihoods to illegal aliens,” Gheen said. “ALIPAC activists have referred to such political transformations as ‘Lifting the Rock.'”
While most ALIPAC supporters back either Trump or Cruz, almost everyone opposes Rubio for his role in the Gang of Eight bill, which passed the Senate in 2013. But groups like ALIPAC and NumbersUSA worked with anti-amnesty members of the House to block the bill from reaching President Obama’s desk.
Gheen said he hopes the endorsement will help Trump fulfill his campaign promise to deport all illegal aliens as current U.S. laws and the Constitution require.
It is also hoped that endorsing Trump will bring more attention and energy to the down-ballot candidates facing off against the 178 Republicans who support “the same kind of amnesty for illegals that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama support,” Gheen said. His organization has placed these Republicans, deemed weak on immigration, on its “Cantor List,” named after former House majority leader Eric Cantor who was brought down by a shocking primary defeat in 2014 by Dave Brat, an underfunded candidate who few in the establishment circles had taken seriously.
William Gheen and ALIPAC’s endorsement of Donald Trump follows other endorsements from prominent illegal immigration fighters such as legendary Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.