In a speech in South Carolina Fred Thompson was criticizing the recent immigration bill saying it would have made us more vulnerable. As an example he noted that in 2005 the United States had apprehended about 1000 Cubans trying to flee Cuba. Thompson said, “I don’t imagine they’re coming here to bring greetings from Castro. We’re living in the era of the suitcase bomb.” Since they risk their lives just to cross over, I doubt if any are terrorist. Hillary Clinton jumped all over this one, and at a forum sponsored by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials she said, “I was appalled when one of the people running for or about to run for the Republican nomination talked about Cuban refugees as potential terrorists. Apparently he doesn’t have a lot of experience in Florida or anywhere else, and doesn’t know a lot of Cuban-Americans.” Thompson has responded in his blog with a posting stating, “Our national security is too important an issue to let folks twist words around for a one-day headline. Cuban-Americans are among the staunchest opponents of illegal immigration, and especially so when it’s sponsored by the Castro regime.” He stated he was referring to Cuban spies, not refugees. I don’t believe they are bringing greetings from Castro either. It’s more likely they are wanting a better life than that available in Cuba, despite what Michael Moore thinks about their health care system. We can’t treat all the immigrants like they are terrorist, and we shouldn’t be looking at everyone as if they are our enemy. Is Fred Thompson just another cookie cut out Reagan wanna be like Giuliani?
Here is a video of Fred Thompson suggesting that illegal Cuban immigrants pose a terrorist threat;