- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 28, 2015

Conservative radio host Mark Levin criticized Congressional Republicans for having “no principles, no strategy and no guts” on immigration.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, Mr. Levin said “It’s time for a new Republican Party,” The Hill reported. “No more excuses. No more whining. No more lying to get you elected. No more crony deals with the U.S. Chamber of crony capitalism,” he added.

Mr. Levin said that while Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is “one of the most despicable, dumbest men to ever be leader in the Senate,” he is “running circles around the Republicans,” referring to ongoing debate in Congress over funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which would include funding for President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

“We are not a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of citizens,” Mr. Levin said, The Hill reported. “I am sick and tired of the American citizen being demeaned and treated as a second-class citizen while anybody who crosses the border is treated as the most virtuous human being on the face of the earth.”

Mr. Levin also criticized potential 2016 GOP candidates like Jeb Bush for being too inclusive on immigration policy.

He said some GOP presidential candidates have referred “to us as essentially lazy and racist and themselves rejecting the belief of American exceptionalism, insisting that the nation owes its current and future greatness, if not existence, to uninterrupted massive waves of low-skilled and unskilled aliens from the third world.”

“This has never been the American experience. Immigration is to be managed, limited, gradual to allow for assimilation and Americanization,” Mr. Levin said, The Hill reported. “You see, Mr. Bush, we love our country, too.”

• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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