Sarah Palin said that illegal immigrants are being welcomed with "gift baskets" in a speech she made at the Milwaukee Republican Party Presidential Dinner on Friday.
According to the Washington Examiner
, Palin, the former Alaska governor and reality TV star, praised Donald Trump's immigration stance in particular during the dinner.
"Knowing that Trump won on that issue, it should empower you to go ahead and ask the candidates 'what the heck are you thinking candidates, what are you thinking when you're going ahead and actually asking for more immigrants, illegal immigrants, welcoming them in, even inducing and seducing immigrants with gift baskets of teddy bears and soccer balls,'" Palin told the audience.
"It's just inviting more. Candidates can say anything they want to about immigration, but actions scream so much louder than a politician's words," she added.
The Conservative Treehouse blog wrote
that the comments were a dig at Trump's Republican rival, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and his supporter Glenn Beck. Beck's charity, Mercury One, distributed food, water, clothing and toys to illegal immigrant children in McAllen, Texas, in 2014. At the time, Beck's website The Blaze posted
a story and photos showing the donations.
The Conservative Treehouse posted photos of Cruz attending the event.
"Regardless of the reasoning for their disbelief, Sarah was simply telling the truth," the blog stated. "Here’s some photographic evidence of the freebies as they were being passed out by Ted Cruz in 2014. On the left that’s Senator Ted Cruz unloading the boxes of goodies. On the right [are] the illegal alien families who received the goodies."
Beck's event came at a time when unaccompanied Mexican children were crossing the United States' border in large numbers, in what President Barack Obama called an "urgent humanitarian situation," The Washington Post wrote
in June 2014.
The Department of Health and Human Services had reported, according to the Post, that nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors were captured at the U.S.-Mexican border in the 2014 fiscal year, compared to 24,668 in 2013.
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