Congressman Walter Jones (R-N.C.) has died. he’s being remembered for his regrets about the Iraq War, and opposition to war in Syria, but he should also be remembered for his stalwart immigration patriotism.
RIP Walter Jones— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) February 10, 2019
When I told a fellow reporter on the Hill I wanted to profile him, she laughed & called him a "crank" nobody cared about
Jones was haunted for yrs by voting 4 the Iraq War. He wrote 12K letters to families of soldiers who died therehttps://t.co/lhJstJZ8RD
NumbersUSA gave Jones the rare True Reformer rating. You will see above that he would write to the families of military casualties, but in 2011, he also joined with Steve King in sponsoring a National Day of Remembrance for the victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens:
In 2014, Peter Brimelow quoted a report that said:
Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) said, “To me a constitutional question means that we have the option of impeachment…We have a Constitution, and I am very disappointed from year to year that we do not follow the Constitution. To me, if you think the president has violated his trust of office, meaning with the American people, then follow the Constitution.” Jones has repeatedly called for Obama’s impeachment, and called for George W. Bush’s impeachment over the Iraq war.
As a result of that, he found himself primaried by the usual Republican suspects, see Can NeoCons, Slave Power Unseat Walter Jones, North Carolina's Best Immigration Patriot? by Patrick Cleburne, in May of 2014. The answer was no.
Jones's Congressional web page on illegal immigration [Archive link] says that he was a co-sponsor of the following bills in the 115th Congress:
H.R. 140 - Birthright Citizenship Act: This bill would end the process of birthright citizenship, which allows the children of illegal aliens born in the United States to become US citizens.
H.R. 400 - Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act: This bill would prohibit sanctuary cites from receiving grants from governmental assistance programs.
H.R. 1149 - Nuclear Family Priority Act: This bill would end “chain migration” by eliminating extended family categories that go far beyond the original immigrant and giving priority to the nuclear family in immigration requests. Chain migration is the process where seemingly endless “chains” of foreign nationals are allowed to immigrate to the United States, since our laws allow citizens and lawful permanent residents to bring in their non-nuclear, adult family members. It is the primary mechanism through which legal immigration in this country has quadrupled since the 1960s.
H.R. 997 - English Language Unity Act: This bill would declare English as the official language of the United States. This means that at the federal level, English is the official language and broadly construes that the federal government has an affirmative obligation to preserve and enhance the role of English as the official language. Having an official language means that whenever a government acts with binding authority, it must use that language.
H.R. 2233 - American Jobs First Act: This bill would reform the often abused visa program and ensure Americans are not laid off only to be replaced by cheaper foreign labor.
He will be missed.