On his show Wednesday, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin slammed President Obama for his statements on immigration saying that Obama “preaches lawlessness.”
“The man preaches lawlessness, so why do we follow the law?” asked Levin. “Why do we have to do what law-abiding citizens do, if nobody else has to follow the law? The Supreme Court doesn’t have to follow the law, the president doesn’t have to follow the law, illegal immigrants don’t have to follow the law, just the rest of us suckers. We all have to follow the law.”
Levin’s remarks were in response to a joint press conference President Obama held Wednesday with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexican President Peña Nieto, in which the president said “that America is a nation of immigrants,” not a nation of citizens, as Levin suggests.
Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks:
Mark Levin: “Obama likes to talk about immigration, that we all want to cut off immigration. Let’s start with cut eleven, go.”
President Obama: “America is a nation of immigrants.”
Mark Levin: “Stop. America is a nation of citizens. I’ve said this before. They’re not a nation of immigrants. Citizens have the rights of citizenship.
“That is the statists in Washington D.C. dumbing down the nature of citizenship and who we are as citizens in order to continue to rule with an ever more powerful iron fist. So there’s really no difference, you see, between a citizen and an immigrant, or a citizen and an illegal alien, and so forth and so on. So, this is what they keep, this is the mantra -- the mantra.
“A number of great philosophers -- from one era to the next -- have pointed out, if you control the language, you control ideas. If you control the language, you control ideas.
“And that’s where Obama’s coming from. And that’s what’s going on. ‘We’re a nation of immigrants.’ And you hear ignorant Republicans say that ‘We’re a nation of immigrants. We’re a nation of ... .' No, we’re a nation of citizens. Citizens make up a nation, not foreigners. They have to become citizens.
“And they act like we’re the second-class citizens. How often, how much time has been spent by politicians in Washington debating the fate of foreigners who are in this country illegally, rather than debating the fate of the American citizen?
“We hear about dreamers. Do they talk about our children as dreamers? No they don’t. No they don’t. Go ahead.”
President Obama: “That’s our strength.”
Mark Levin: “It’s not our strength! Our strength is the Constitution, you knucklehead. Immigration per se is not a strength. It’s not a weakness. It depends how you do it!
“It’s our strength? What’s our strength? 50 years of unfettered immigration without assimilation, that’s a strength? Where is that a strength, how is that a strength? It’s a strength to the leftists and the Democrat party and the Federal government, but how is it a strength to a nation? It’s not a strength. Go ahead.
President Obama: “[Unless] you are one of the first Americans, unless you are a native American, somebody somewhere in your past showed up from someplace else.”
Mark Levin: “That’s right. Gee, and to think he was just a community disorganizer. What does that have to do with anything?
“So most of you, he’s saying, your ancestors were immigrants. Now that’s true. But with an immigration system!
“Is Barack Obama saying that 7 billion people are welcome to come into this country? What is he saying? What is he-- What is he arguing for?
“We’re arguing for enforcing our existing immigration laws… We’re arguing for securing our border. And he won’t do it.
“You know what, ladies and gentlemen, our ancestors never paid a federal income tax, so why are we paying one now? What do you mean? ‘Well, I mean, we’re a nation of, you know, whatever.’ Go ahead.”
President Obama: “And they didn’t always have papers, and the genius of America has been--”
Mark Levin: “So there you go, the President of the United States is telling people who come here illegally, and people who will continue to come here illegally, ‘You didn’t always have papers. That’s okay. That’s American beliefs, American values.’
“Let me ask you something: When the IRS, when April 15th rolls around and you don’t pay your taxes, do they say it’s ok if don’t have papers? So why is it okay under our immigration laws but not under our internal revenue code?
“The man preaches lawlessness, so why do we follow the law? Why do we have to do what law-abiding citizens do, if nobody else has to follow the law? The Supreme Court doesn’t have to follow the law, the president doesn’t have to follow the law, illegal immigrants don’t have to follow the law, just the rest of us suckers! We all have to follow the law!
“And this country, let me repeat this, this country belongs to us. It does not belong to somebody who wants to come here. It does not belong to somebody who is here illegally. This country belongs to us. It doesn’t belong to people who violate their visa status. It doesn’t belong to any politician or bureaucrats. We are the people in this country. That’s why the Constitution is so important. It is a representative republic!
“Not a mobocracy! Not populism, nationalism, statism, progressivism. It’s Constitutionalism. That’s what it’s about!”