Bachmann: If Immigrants Were Conservative, Obama Wouldn’t Want to Give Them ‘Amnesty’
by Matt Wilstein | 4:32 pm, February 7th, 2014
During a radio interview this week with Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) shared her views on the immigration reform debate, revealing what she believes to be the real reason President Barack Obama and other Democrats are pushing for a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants who currently live in the United States.
Bachmann began by saying she thinks it would be a “terrible idea” to move forward with any immigration plan this year in Congress. “Let’s face it, if these were conservative Republicans coming here illegally,” she said, “the last thing Obama would do is seek to give amnesty and citizenship and and legal voting status to the people coming into the country.”
She proceeded to cite statistics that show 77% of Hispanics prefer a bigger government with more services. “It isn’t the conservative Republican immigration policy that immigrants don’t like,” Bachmann said, “it’s our stance on fiscal conservatism, the Constitution, patriotism, and the fact that we believe in limited government and personal responsibility.”
“From a political perspective, it’s a political suicide mission to be on the side of amnesty,” Bachmann continued, stressing that “immigration isn’t wrong,” but those who do immigrate legally need to “assimilate” into our country.
Before they moved on to another topic, Bachmann listed off one other problem she has with America’s current immigration policy. “One thing I’ve advocated a long time is to get rid of this mindless idea that if someone has a baby in the U.S. and the parents are illegal aliens, the baby should be given automatic status as an American citizen,” she said. “Mexico doesn’t do that and Honduras doesn’t do that. We should only give citizenship status to a baby born to legal American citizens.”
But by her logic, shouldn’t it be easier to “assimilate” those immigrant babies? Then, perhaps, one day, they would grow up to be conservative Republicans.