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    Ken Cuccinelli, as part of the organization State Legislators for Legal Immigration, an anti-immigrant organization, called the influx of illegal immigration an 'invasion' as early as 2007 Cuccinelli is a right-wing activist who is against immigration of any kind.

    'Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, was a founding member of a group more than a decade ago that described undocumented immigrants as "foreign invaders" responsible for "serious infectious diseases, drug running, gang violence, human trafficking, terrorism."'

    'The group, State Legislators for Legal Immigration, was established in 2007, when an immigration revamp was being hotly debated in Congress. Its founding principle was that undocumented immigration represented an invasion of the United States on par with foreign invasion that should justify invoking war powers under the Constitution -- extreme rhetoric Cuccinelli has continued to use in recent years, and that has been adopted by President Donald Trump and other Republicans.'

    'Speaking with Breitbart radio in October of last year, Cuccinelli argued that states could use "war powers" to block Central American migrants, many of whom were reportedly planning to seek asylum in the US and who'd formed a so-called caravan, from coming across the border.'

    '"We've been being invaded for a long time, and so the border states clearly qualify here to utilize this power themselves. And what's interesting is they don't need anyone's permission," Cuccinelli said. "They can do it themselves. And because they're acting under war powers, there's no due process. They can literally just line their National Guard up with, presumably with riot gear like they would if they had a civil disturbance, and turn people back at the border. Literally, you don't have to keep them, no catch and release, no nothing. You just point them back across the river and let them swim for it."'

    '"When someone comes across your border without your permission, it's an invasion," he added. "Their purpose here is to violate the border, to violate our sovereignty, for their own purposes. That's an invasion. And here, I don't think with the caravan it's even debatable because you've got an entire group that's organized itself to come into the country."'

    'Cuccinelli, who announced a rule this week limiting green cards for migrants in need or deemed likely to become in need of public assistance, drew criticism this week for claiming that the famed Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty -- which reads "give me your tired, your poor" -- should be reimagined with the phrase "who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge." He sought to defend his revision by saying "that poem was referring back to people coming from Europe, where they had class-based societies, where people were considered wretched if they weren't in the right class."'
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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