Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan has slammed President Barack Obama's "inaction" on the immigration crisis while warning that a country that cannot control its borders is no longer a country.
While promoting his book "The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority"
on Fox News' "Hannity," the former presidential candidate said the "character and composition" of the United States will forever be changed if the influx continues unabated.
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"As Ronald Reagan said, 'A country that won't or can't control its borders is not a country anymore,'" Buchanan said. "What's happening on our southern border and Europe is [that] the failed states of the Third World are driving people basically to try to seek to have what exists in the West and the United States.
"But the truth is, if you do not get control of folks pouring into your country from all over the world, they will alter the character and composition of your country and change it forever without the consent of the American people."
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Buchanan said to stop the "thousands of children pouring into the country," the United States should erect a secure fence — a double or triple-link fence — all along the border with Mexico.
"We got to tell folks we know how much you want to come but we decide who comes into our national home," he said.
Buchanan blamed former President George H.W. Bush for helping to create the current crisis by not securing the border back in the early 1990s when he said 5,000 illegal immigrants were crossing the border every weekend.
"If the government had acted then we would be dealing not with 12 million or 20 million, but 3 million. Many of them would have been gone. But it's a failure of both political parties, presidents of both parties. Why in heaven's name don't they know how to control the borders of their own country?"
Buchanan continued, "I think any president … taking a look at what's happening now would at least finally act. But this president doesn't act. He talks. What he says is an excuse for his inaction. I've never seen a president like that."
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