It’s pretty easy to size up a politician by his priorities. And in the case of Ohio Governor John Kasich, he’s prioritized illegal immigrants over his own constituents.
It should come as no surprise that Kasich pledged to pass amnesty for illegal aliens during the first 100 days of his administration instead of deporting all criminal aliens and punishing sanctuary cities. These are the same values he championed as governor of Ohio.
On July 27, 2015, Juan Emmanuel Razo, an illegal alien from Mexico, raped and murdered Margaret Kostelnik in a small township 30 miles northeast of Cleveland. On the same day, Razo shot and wounded another woman in front of her two children and attempted to rape a 14-year old girl in a nearby park. Just yesterday, in fact, AP reported that Razo might be spared the death penalty after agreeing to a plea deal.
Razo had no prior criminal record (aside from the inconvenient fact that he was in the country illegally) so he was not picked up by Border Patrol when local cops apprehended him just three weeks prior to his shooting spree. Having committed no previous crime, Razo would be a prime candidate for John Kasich’s amnesty.
Not surprisingly, Kasich had nothing to say about this murder in his home state until he was pressed on it by Fox News, even though he was a sitting governor who was already running for president. In fact, he called such deportations (those with no prior criminal record) “inhumane.”
What is truly inhumane is a politician who cares more about foreign nationals here illegally than his own constituents. Kasich has long supported illegal immigration. Yes, he is such a political fossil that he was even around in 1986 to vote for the infamous Simpson-Mazzoli amnesty. That amnesty, and the subsequent three-decade cycle of open borders and amnesty that ensued, has resulted in endless cases like the tragedy of Margaret Kostelnik.
Yet Kasich, rather than learn his lesson like many of those who supported the 1986 bill, wants to repeat the cycle and encourage more illegal immigration. All because he cares more about the political elites and the sentiments of the special interests than his own constituents. In November 2014, during the same week Obama announced his executive amnesty, Kasich echoed Obama’s talking points on immigration, always concerned about the illegal immigrant, not the American citizen.
He said his views had “evolved” and that he didn’t want to “see anybody in pain.” Evidently, that sense of empathy didn’t extend to the pain of his constituents. John Kasich failed the most basic test as governor of Ohio by placing the interests of foreign nationals ahead of residents of his state. Now he wants a promotion to VP under Donald Trump?
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Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.