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|FOX News Moderators Des Moines Presidential Debate|
Yet I must confess that, in spite of everything Fox News has done for the conservative movement, I was deeply disappointed by some of last night's questioning. For example, let's examine the way the moderators approached two of the most important issues in this campaign: Terrorism and immigration.
These issues top the list of voter concerns and intersected in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks. After the attacks, the candidates reacted in varying ways, with Donald Trump getting the most attention for demanding a temporary ban on all Muslim immigration.
Some, including Ted Cruz, argued for a more focused approach -- restricting immigration from countries where there is significant support for militant Islam. Other candidates, like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich, aggressively objected to such proposals.
You know my view -- terrorism aside, anti-Semitism is rampant in the Muslim world. That is reason enough for not bringing in 250,000 Muslims a year, especially when no effort is made to ascertain what they believe.
What Fox News did last night with the question from Nabela Noor was to pick the "Muslim success story" -- the child of an immigrant family, living the American Dream as an up and coming entrepreneur -- to shame the candidates who favor limiting Muslim immigration.
It would make just as much sense, if not more, to have someone ask this question:
Why didn't Fox News ask those questions? Perhaps Fox has its own agenda. And why on earth is a supposedly fair and balanced news channel allowing a Bernie Sanders supporter to ambush the GOP candidates?
Americans Demand Action - While we're on the subject of immigration, the government admitted last week that more than half a million foreigners overstayed their visas in 2015.
Who are these people? Where are they now? What are they doing here? These are serious questions that deserve serious attention. Thankfully, some members of Congress are demanding answers.
And while the Obama Administration and its open borders allies might not be interested in enforcing our immigration laws, the American people are demanding action.
A new Rasmussen poll finds that only 15% of Americans approve of current visa enforcement efforts. But 68% of Americans view visa overstays as a "serious national security risk" and 72% of Americans want those who overstay their visas found and deported.
Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families
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