[Guest post by DRJ]
California Rep. Pete Stark mocked a Minuteman who asked what the federal government would do to stop illegal immigration:
“Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., no stranger to controversy, mocked the idea that the borders are not secure when asked about the federal government’s lack of activity on border security.
“We can’t get enough Minutemen armed. We’d like to get all the Minutemen armed so they can stop shooting people here,” Stark said.
Eventually, members of the audience urged Stark to offer a serious answer.
“If you knew anything about our borders, you would know that’s not the case. Our borders are quite secure, thank you,” Stark said, drawing jeers.
Stark resumed his hostile act, asking the Minuteman what he would do to secure the border.
“I would send about about 25,000 troops for one thing and build a wall down so vehicles could not pass,” the Minuteman said.
“How high and long would it be?” Stark asked.
“As high and as long as it takes,” the Minuteman said, elicting cheers.
Stark said he would start a ladder company with the Minuteman if he designed the wall and doesn’t shoot the people coming over.
“But I’ve got to know how high the wall is and I’ll sell a whole lot of ladders for people who want to come,” Stark said.
“This is a very serious matter and you’re sitting there making fun of it,” the Minuteman responded.
“I don’t have to make fun of you sir, you do a fine job all by yourself,” Stark said.”
Stark and his views are not representative of the Californians at this blog, but he strikes me as an outspoken but mainstream California leader. Is this really what most Californians want?