Conservative Congressman Raul Labrador (R-ID) knows how to fire up the base.
The Congressman from Idaho has been a champion of legal immigration and the need for the Obama administration to secure our borders.
On NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory Sunday he called Obama administration officials liars for their outright fallacies on illegal immigration.
So you’ve heard from Secretary Jeh Johnson of Homeland Security, “You’ve got to do right by the children,” he said. That’s got to be a bottom-line ideal here for the United States government. Is that how you feel?
REP. RAUL LABRADOR:
I do not. You know, as I was listening to Secretary Johnson’s interview, the first half of his interview, I kept thinking that you just need to change your slogan at the beginning of your show. Instead of, “If it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Press,” it should be, “If it’s Sunday, it’s another administration official making stuff up on Meet the Press.”
What is it that he made up?
REP. RAUL LABRADOR:
It’s really shameful. He made up a lot different things. If you look at what he said, he said that the number one reason these children are coming to the United States is because of the violence in these Central American countries. The reality’s that the violence has existed in these Central American countries for a long period of time. The level of poverty has existed in these Central American countries for a long period of time.
But it’s over the last two years that you have seen an increase in the number of children coming to the United States. He’s saying that he’s going to be able to stem it, and it’s not going to reach 90,000 or between 60 and 90,000 children. That’s not going to happen.
The own administration estimates are that it’s going to be about 60,000 to 90,000 this year, that it’s going to increase to 150 to 200,000 next year. These are their own estimates. And now they come on national T.V. and they say that they’re doing everything they can to stem the flow? But that their number one priority is actually to make sure that we do right by these children.
The thing this administration needs to do is immediately deport these families, these children. I know it sounds harsh. I know it sounds difficult. But they’re creating a crisis at this time that is actually going to harm these children. These children, as your own reporting said, these children are going to come through the border, they’re going to come from Central America. Many of them are being raped. Many of them are being harmed. This is an outrageous thing that is happening to these children. And we need to actually take a strong stance against what’s happening and against these illegal cartels.