Tea Party Rally Goes Nuts After Rep Urges Compassion For Illegal Immigrant Children
A Tea Party town hall on immigration erupted in Texas after a state lawmaker urged attendants to be compassionate towards the children crossing the border from Mexico into the US.
Speaking about his recent tour of the border, Republican State Representative David Simpson said, “We need to love the immigrant, love people, and remember that these children are being fodder in this situation.”
When he opened the floor up to questions, Terri Hall took the microphone and suggested that the influx of illegal immigrants at the border is a “well-planned, well-thought-out” government operation.
“I understand the humanitarian and the compassion,” she dismissed, “but you represent us. We have children, and we have elderly people who have immunodeficiency disorders. These are people that are coming in with diseases – leprosy, tuberculosis, polio. You need to represent us.”
The statement drew loud applause from the rest of the audience.
She asked Simpson whether he would support a special legislative sessions to address the border crisis.
“I think it would be probably ineffective,” Simpson replied. “You haven’t been down there and seen the 181 people [in the Texas House] working as a committee, it can get –“
“Oh my God, then what are you there for?” Hall interrupted before asking him once more to call for a special session.
“Not at this time,” Simpson responded. “I think it would be a waste of taxpayer dollars.”
Another audience member, Thomas Rolland, asserted that “These people are not coming in with a good Christian heart. Most of them are criminals anyway.”
Another resident said, “These kids have scabies and influenza, viral pneumonia, leprosy. These kids are going to be part of the school system… They are bleeding Texas [Democrat] blue.”
Influenza and pneumonia? Worrying about rare contagious diseases is one thing but targeting people for having the flu?
“I don’t believe in treating people who’ve crossed the border as a murderer,” Simpson said. “I do think there should be a path, a legal path, for naturalization or citizenship. We’re a nation of immigrants.”