UNION — Fifth District congressional candidate Ralph Norman says that he agrees with President Trump’s position and actions on immigration and believes that they will benefit both the United States of America and Mexico.
Norman, a Rock Hill businessman who resigned his seat in the SC House of Representatives to run for the US House of Representatives Fifth District seat, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for District Five last week. The seat became vacant with the appointment of Mick Mulvaney as Director of the US Office of Management and Budget. The primary for the Republican nomination will be held May 2 and the special election on June 20.
On Monday, Norman visited The Union Times and later met with local Republican officials and diners at Midway BBQ as part of his campaign for the GOP nomination for the Fifth District seat.
During his visit to The Union Times, Norman talked about the issues currently being debated in Washington, DC, issues that he will be dealing with if elected. Among those issues is immigration and Norman said he supports President Donald Trump’s efforts to regain control of America’s borders and deal effectively with illegal immigration.
“I agree with him, I think he’s on the right track,” Norman said. “A country without borders is not a country.”
Norman pointed out that those who have to deal with immigration and related issues are also in agreement with Trump’s efforts.
“A good friend of mine works with all the passports and immigration issues,” Norman said. “He said it’s a relief to have somebody who is finally getting a handle on who is coming in to the country.”
Trump has promised to build a wall along the American border with Mexico and to have Mexico pay for it and Norman said he feels both parts of that promise can be accomplished in such a way that will also deal with other issues between the two countries. He said he feels that the result will be a better deal for both America and Mexico and other nations and will enable America and Mexico to remain allies.
“With Mexico there’s a lot of ways to do that,” Norman said. “He’s going to renegotiate the trade deals with Mexico, Canada, and other countries. There’s a lot of ways to to do this and I think Mexico will continue to be an ally of the United States.”
Norman said he feels this will happen because of Trump’s experience, abilities, and success as a negotiator will enable him to renegotiate America’s agreements with Mexico that will enable the border to be secured, illegal immigration dealt with effectively, and strengthen economic and security ties between both nations.
“With his negotiating abilities it will be a win-win for both,” Norman said.
Norman added that in a post-9/11 world it is vital that America secure its borders and gain effective control of who comes in.
“We forget we lost 3,000 people on 9/11,” Norman said. “That should be a reminder for all of us.”
Norman pointed out that tightening security at the border and in other areas of immigration is no different from the tightened security airlines have implemented in order to prevent new acts of terrorism.
Another aspect of Trump’s immigration policies that Norman supports is the initial emphasis on arresting and deporting illegal immigrants who have engaged in criminal activity. Norman said this was already taking place, pointing to the arrest of several illegal immigrants in Charlotte, NC, who are drug dealers with criminal records. He said this crackdown on illegal immigrants engaging in criminal behavior represents a break with the policies of the past eight years.
“This would not have happened under Obama,” Norman said.
Norman added that given its financial situation America cannot afford to keep allowing people to enter the country illegally.
“We’re $20 trillion in debt,” Norman said. “Why should we flood our schools, our hospitals with people who are here illegally?”
Norman pointed out that Trump’s policies are not anti-immigrant, but anti-illegal immigration.
“He’s not opposed to immigration, he’s opposed to illegal immigration,” Norman said.
Another issue Trump has pledged to address is the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Norman said that Trump’s approach to dealing with the issue reflects, first, his desire to repeal Obamacare, but to do so in a way that will ensure those that have healthcare coverage under it continue to have coverage. He said it also reflects Trump’s desire to put healthcare back on a sound, market-based footing that will increase the availability of healthcare services and give the public more choice when it comes to healthcare.
“You don’t throw the baby out with the bath water until you have something in place,” Norman said. “He’s put a physician, Tom Price, who understands healthcare at the grassroots level in charge of Health and Human Services. They’re going to put a plan in place so that those who who have coverage now won’t lose it.”
Norman pointed out that Trump wants to use the market to help make healthcare more available and more affordable to the public, an approach he favors. He said that this would include allowing people in one state to be able to buy insurance from a company in another state, thus encouraging competition between health insurance companies, competition that could help lower costs while helping increase the availability of healthcare services.
Much has been made over the number of rich people Trump has been appointing to his cabinet, but Norman said this is something to be welcomed as Trump is bringing to Washington people who bring perspectives from the world of business to the issues they will be dealing with.
“He’s putting people in who have had business experience and that’s what I bring to the table,” Norman said. “He’s putting people in place who know it from the ground up. He’s not putting politicians in place, he’s eliminating politicians. Politicians shouldn’t be making business decisions without expertise.”
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Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.