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Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration with South Carolina's Lawmaker Rep.Thomas Beach

April 01, 2024 Bob Slone / Thomas Beach Season 2 Episode 19
Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration with South Carolina's Lawmaker Rep.Thomas Beach
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Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration with South Carolina's Lawmaker Rep.Thomas Beach
Apr 01, 2024 Season 2 Episode 19
Bob Slone / Thomas Beach

Discover the intricacies of South Carolina's political battles over illegal immigration as State Representative Thomas Beach joins me, Bob Slone, to dissect the challenges local authorities face amidst federal restrictions. Representative Beach pulls back the curtain on the steps being taken to empower state and local law enforcement to act where they feel the federal government has faltered. From the Greenville County Sheriff's frustrations to the legislative endeavors of the South Carolina House of Representatives' Freedom Caucus, this episode offers an unfiltered look into the strategies and hurdles in play at the Statehouse.

As we navigate the conversation, Beach highlights the conservative push against the tide of federal policies that seemingly tie the hands of local authorities. Tune in to understand the political maneuvers and the absence of conservative voices in critical Statehouse committees such as Judiciary and Ways and Means. This episode promises not just a window into the current state affairs but also presents a candid discussion on the potential legislative responses to what many see as an immigration crisis affecting South Carolina communities. Join us for an episode that promises more than just talk – it's a deep dive into the actions being taken by those on the frontlines of state-level governance.
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Discover the intricacies of South Carolina's political battles over illegal immigration as State Representative Thomas Beach joins me, Bob Slone, to dissect the challenges local authorities face amidst federal restrictions. Representative Beach pulls back the curtain on the steps being taken to empower state and local law enforcement to act where they feel the federal government has faltered. From the Greenville County Sheriff's frustrations to the legislative endeavors of the South Carolina House of Representatives' Freedom Caucus, this episode offers an unfiltered look into the strategies and hurdles in play at the Statehouse.

As we navigate the conversation, Beach highlights the conservative push against the tide of federal policies that seemingly tie the hands of local authorities. Tune in to understand the political maneuvers and the absence of conservative voices in critical Statehouse committees such as Judiciary and Ways and Means. This episode promises not just a window into the current state affairs but also presents a candid discussion on the potential legislative responses to what many see as an immigration crisis affecting South Carolina communities. Join us for an episode that promises more than just talk – it's a deep dive into the actions being taken by those on the frontlines of state-level governance.
https://www.facebook.com/BeachforHouse
https://twitter.com/ThomasBeach

https://bobslone.com
https://twitter.com/Rwslone
https://www.facebook.com/BobSloneAudioProductions
https://www.thehannahmillershow.com/

Speaker 1:

Welcome into South Carolina Politics. I'm your host, bob Sloan. In this episode we talk with State Representative Thomas Beach. We talk with him about the bills that he's working through in Columbia to try to assist Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis with his problem with illegal aliens being dropped off here in Greenville County and elsewhere in South Carolina. We do apologize for the audio. At first it does get better. Thomas Beach, a friend of the podcast, joins me by phone today. As we get started here, I'm going to just read from your Wikipedia page and let the listeners know who you are. It says Thomas Beach is an American real estate agent and a politician who currently serves as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 10th District, and you serve on House Medical, military, public and Municipal Affairs Committee. So yeah, I wanted to have you come on today.

Speaker 1:

The other day I was listening to a radio talk show. They had Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis and he was telling us about the dilemma we have here with illegals being dropped off by bus Mainly bus is what he's talking about through the county. Some of the listeners were saying, well, why don't you do something about it? He said his hands were tied because the federal government has taken them through the courts and given them a court date and there's not a lot he can do about it At that time. He also mentioned your name and some things that you might be trying to accomplish in Columbia. Can you elaborate?

Speaker 2:

I received a video recording from one of his deputies of illegals being transported and dropped off, and when I got the video I immediately contacted Sheriff Lewis and I said what's going on and he gave me details about how, when, numbers, fully aware what the situation was. And he was so frustrated that you know my hands are tied because every time we try to enforce immigration laws, the federal government will say that's not your wheelhouse, that's our job and you're not supposed to be doing that wheelhouse, that's our job and you're not supposed to be doing that. But he feels, and we all feel, that the federal government has abdicated its duty and responsibility and so they have no interest or desire to enforce immigration laws. And so this led to further conversations with Sheriff Hobart Lewis, sheriff Chad McBride out of Anderson County these are the two of the three sheriffs, and I should include also Rick Clark out of Pickens as well, because I have three counties in my house district and also the conversations included legislators here in the state that are members of the Freedom Caucus.

Speaker 2:

And the reason why? It's just odd. It feels like at the table. Because if you take a step back and you look at last year, we had Republicans trying to push legislation which gave illegal aliens occupational licenses, which gave illegal aliens occupational licenses, which we sought, but there doesn't seem to be any real leadership on how do you combat this invasion. And when you're sending only 50 soldiers National Guard soldiers to the border, when you're pushing legislation where we're given occupational licenses to compete with American workers, I have grave concerns that we're not doing, maybe not enough, but the opposite of what we need to be doing. And so you have people like. So you have people like Representative Mike Burns, Stuart Jones, Adam Morgan, myself, our sheriffs, trying to figure out ways we can fight the invasion. And the idea is that we put the paper and we have filed these bills or we're still developing them, because there are some wrinkles on some of these ideas, but we do have some bills ready to go.

Speaker 1:

Well, that all sounds great.

Speaker 2:

Is there any kind of pushback that you Freedom Caucus member is on two of the six standing committees at the Statehouse, and these two committees are probably the most important committees at the Statehouse, and one of them is called the.

Speaker 2:

Judiciary Committee and the other one's called the Ways and Means Committee. Most of the legislation that we vote on goes through these committees. I think maybe 60% of all legislation is brought to the table and these committees kind of work things out, and so we don't have any conservative voices on these committees, and so when we're trying to fight the illegal invasion it's important to have a seat at the table. I think by denying us a seat at the table is one form of pushback on the medical committee, and you know I would be highly interested in any policy that would help in, you know, fight the illegal immigration on the medical committee. But I think the best route is to go to the Judiciary Committee or even the Ways and Means Committee to tackle this problem and also whenever there is good legislation that the Freedom Caucus has presented and filed.

Speaker 2:

What I have also noticed is that the Republican Caucus will not allow our bills on the table to be discussed and what they will do is they'll copy and paste. So it's an inside joke for the Freedom Caucus copy and paste. So it's an inside joke for the Freedom Caucus. We call the Republican Caucus the copy and paste caucus because they'll take our bills and copy and paste it and put a different sponsor on the bill so that we don't, you know, get any recognition and you know it's election year, so you'll see a lot of maybe some good legislation that gets watered down, but it's also with a different sponsor than a conservative has filed. So there is pushback or, at the very least, sitting on people's hands in Colombia trying to deal with this very, very critical issue of the invasion by illegal aliens.

Speaker 1:

Well, Representative Thomas Beach, I think you've tapped into the frustration from your constituents South Carolinians in general. Give us an idea, tell us what we can do to help you in Colombia. Help push these bills along and make things happen.

Speaker 2:

I just recently found out that there are a number of people that have filed to run for the statehouse and they want to join the Freedom Caucus.

Speaker 2:

Now, for the past year plus, I've received, you know, phone calls here and there from people across the state who said you know, I calls here and there from people across the state who said you know, I love what you're doing, I want to come and help you, and you know, I always appreciate that. But it became real to me when this week is the filing week and we're looking at 35, I think people are running to join the Freedom Caucus. So the help that we're getting is people. We have 17 members. I don't know how many people of the 35 additional will win, but that's a large amount of people running to join the Freedom Caucus, and so if people are going to help, I would get involved and ask the question is their Republican candidate going to sign that loyalty pledge? Are they going to get behind the Freedom Caucus candidate or are they going to get behind somebody that's going to join the good old boy system, as it were?

Speaker 1:

Right, right. Well, okay, you mentioned it's election year. This year you're not running unopposed, so how's that going? Tell us about that.

Speaker 2:

Well, I am concerned. I am gravely concerned about my reelection. When I started and I think you and I talked about this once upon a time but on my very first day of being a legislator I was kicked out of the Republican caucus for not signing that loyalty oath. Ever since that day, a million dollars has been spent on negative propaganda against myself and other Freedom Caucus members, calling us radicals, obstructionists, that we hate teachers, that we're for abortion and just nonsense. And in a way it feels like it's shadowboxing, because what I mean is you get all this negative propaganda from an organization, a group that doesn't have anybody you can see behind it, and so that's why I call it shadowboxing, because in a campaign there's somebody you can go against and compare and contrast yourself to. But so for the past year, a million dollars worth of negative propaganda and there's just no way for me to be able to respond to these negative attacks. And so a lot of folks they might pay attention to National politics or even uh County, uh City politics, but for the state level it's kind of like the, the middle child, that kind of fends for themselves.

Speaker 2:

And so I am concerned that after a million dollars spent over a year, telling my voters that I'm not for jobs and, you know, want to arm felons and all the other nonsense that I will have a very, very tough race.

Speaker 2:

Not only did I get kicked out of the caucus, the money that usually goes to legislators from PACs isn't there anymore either, and so a lot of my donors are on fixed incomes and I'm going to be outspent by an opponent that is supported by the dark money and the good old boys system is supported by the dark money and the good old boys system.

Speaker 2:

So, to recap, I am gravely concerned about my reelection because I don't have the funds to combat the dark money that's been attacking me for the past year and the money that's coming at me during this election cycle, and I hope that my citizens that I represent know that here's a guy that's trying to fight the illegal alien invasion that I was actually responsible for. The save on the constitutional carry debate. That's another story, and do the voters want to get rid of the gentleman that has a 100% conservative score from CPAC, and even the president himself told me that he would endorse my campaign, president Trump, and so I hope to be able to make a clear distinction between myself as the conservative option and that's part of the Freedom Caucus versus somebody that's going to be part of the good old boy system.

Speaker 1:

All right. Well, if your constituents or anyone that's concerned would like to contribute or reach out, just ask you a question how do folks contact you? How do they get a hold of you?

Speaker 2:

My website is beach4housecom and beach is spelled just like Myrtle Beach, beach4housecom. There's a donate page and on my social media I do post pictures of the vote board on policies that we vote on. Just recently I was very upset. I was trying to direct money from spending taxpayer money on gummy bear statues and queer arts and I was trying to redirect that money to things like foster care to compensate them and roads and bridges, and I was voted down from the Republican caucus. So you know local politics, the rubber meets the road and all these policies. They really do affect our families here and I know you know we see what's going on on a national level but it's. The fight is here in our backyards and I hope people can help the conservative fighter.

Speaker 2:

Very good, you have a Twitter or an X or Instagram or Facebook that we can Beach and my Facebook page is Thomas Beach for SC State Representative and I think that's my social media right now.

Speaker 1:

Representative Thomas Beach. Thank you for joining us here on South Carolina Politics. Good sir, it's always a pleasure. Thank you so much for having me. Thank you for listening, for having me. You can find out more about what we do here at Bob Sloan Audio Productions on my website at bobsloancom. Again, thank you for listening and make sure you follow, share and leave a review.