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  • Dave Gong | The Journal Gazette U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., talks to a group of supporters Saturday in Fort Wayne during a four-city campaign tour.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 1:00 am

Rokita urges toughness on immigration

On city visit, says Trump supporters saved the country

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

A “country club Republican” cannot beat Sen. Joe Donnelly in the fall, U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita told a group of Fort Wayne supporters Saturday, often tying Indiana's Democratic senator to other national Democrats and liberals such as Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. 

“Those of us who supported Donald Trump in the fall of 2016, and I hope that's everyone here, we literally saved the country, at least for the time being,” Rokita said, while standing next to a life-sized cardboard cutout of the president. 

If elected to the Senate, Rokita told the group, he will work to support Trump's agenda and combat what he described as liberal activist bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. Ending sanctuary cities and prosecuting local and state government officials who decline to assist federal immigration officials, making English the nation's official language, and implementing term limits were among the policies Rokita said he supports. 

“I have a bill that says if you're a local politician ... you go to jail if you ignore federal immigration law, because you're a felon,” Rokita said. “That's the intention. That should be law. That should be part of Trump's deal.”

“I love that,” quipped one supporter in response. 

Rokita added that he voted against the federal spending bill because it did not include funding for the wall along the southern border with Mexico.

Rokita also said he will not give up on investigating the Clinton Foundation and prosecuting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

“(The Clinton Foundation) could be a criminal enterprise that has existed right under our faces and right under our noses for years,” Rokita said. “We need to know who those donors are, we need to know why they were giving. Were they really giving because of his (Bill Clinton's) supposed missions in Africa, or were they giving for access to power, which is illegal.”

Asked by reporters about guns and school safety, Rokita said he believes the answer lies at the local level. 

“I don't think that there's a one-size-fits-all solution to this. I think we elect local school board members to help with these decisions and I think parents and teachers need to be primary in this decision,” Rokita said. “I would not support any 'solution' that involves hindering our God-given right to defend ourselves. That's manifested in the Second Amendment. That's not given by the Second Amendment, the Second Amendment parrots what is our God-given right to defend ourselves from each other.” 

dgong@jg.net