Skip to comments.Michele Bachmann: I would ‘not do anything’ for children of illegal immigrants
Posted on 10/30/2011 3:48:56 PM PDT by Ira_Louvin
Michele Bachmann is coming under the microscope after insisting she would not help the children of illegal immigrants living in the United States.
The Republican presidential hopeful made the eyebrow-raising remarks at a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Saturday after a Latino college student asked what Bachmann would do to the children of undocumented immigrants.
She said she would not do anything, for the children, adding"Their parents are the ones who brought them here," Bachmann said, as first reported by MSNBC. "They did not have the legal right to come to the United States. We do not owe people who broke our laws to come into the country. We don't owe them anything."
Bachmann has previously taken the hardline stance that she's against the federal government giving U.S. citizenship to the children of those parents who came to the country illegally, which is the case today.
She then brought up her own family's history during the question and answer session.
"I dare say that probably every single person in this room descends from immigrants. I did-my immigrant family came here in the 1850s and they came into the United States legally. They received zero benefits."
Immigration came up at another stop in Ottumwa, Ia, where Bachmann suggested there should be a law barring citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants, according to the Des Moines Register.
"We've got to end this anchor-baby program," she said.
She’s dead meat, but is speaking the truth. My sister used to be a classroom teacher, and when non-English speaking kids were plopped in her classroom, illegal immigrants, she did nothing for them. She certainly didn’t try to learn Spanish or print out Spanish worksheets for them.
Now that’s heartless ... I’d at least give them a free ride to the border
“The Republican presidential hopeful made the eyebrow-raising remarks”
What’s eyebrow raising about it? It makes perfect sense. It’s only eyebrow raising in a good way that someone is saying it!
Stick a fork in her!
Bachmann being heartless ping.
A successful conservative will know when they’ve been set up and embarrass the questioner for the mindlessness of the question.
It served its purpose in the 1800's - it's time to repeal it.
Yea! Yea! YEA!!!.... I’m gonna’ vote for her.....This week anyway.
The American Taxpayers. Paying the bills the flippin' politicians don't want to pay.
Heck, that’s the best statement she’s made in two months!
This is the hard but right answer.
What should we do for the children of illegal immigrants? The right answer is "nothing." They need to go home. Their parents need to go home, and the kids need to go too. They may be perfectly nice people, in fact the chances are that they are perfectly nice people. Its not the point. The point is, they are here illegally. The solution is for them to go back home.
What about children who are citizens by birth, whose parents are deported? Nothing. They belong to their parents before they belong to any country. If the parents go home, there is no question that they would take their kids with them. I can't imagine what parent would leave young children behind for whatever reason. When they are adults, as citizens, they have the right to come back. But this is not a problem that government has to solve.
There may be exceptions that justify a parent leaving the child with close friends or relatives, but again, thats the parents' decision. Government has no place in it. No new law is required.
I reckon she’s pretty much done. But I gotta give her a big BUMP for speaking out.
I don’t have a problem with people helping illegal aliens using their own time and personal funds.
I do have a problem with liberal do-gooders, globalist hacks, and unscrupulous businesses who want to help illegal aliens using my tax dollars. Inevitably, the only people being “helped” are the liberal do-gooders, globalist hacks, and unscrupulous businesses - and by being “helped” I mean that they are helping themselves to my tax dollars.
Good for her! What is really needed is a one way escorted trip to their home country for every ILLEGALS caught. Any country not accepting our rejects should lose all foreign aid.
Perhaps we should all be illegal-friendly like Texas. Your state was 70% Anglo as late as 1980. In 2020 Hispanics will outnumber Anglos. Projections are that by 2040 Texas will be 70% Hispanic.
Texas is on the highway to hell. Texans are either too arrogant or stupid to realize it. in 15 years Texans will be moving to Ohio and Michigan in search of a better life.
Sometimes you play your best when you’ve got nothing left to lose.
Keep telling the truth, Michele!
Californians are already doing this. Well, maybe not to Ohio and Michigan. But to Idaho, Wyoming, Washington State.
Unfortunately a lot of Californians flee their own state, only to bring their liberal politics with them, and eventually ruin their new homes by voting in the kind of leftist policies that doomed California.
If Michele Bachmann was the Governor of a boarder state and had to deal with the Federal govt. on issues such as this she would have an answer based more in reality.
I know many Californians who fled California for more conservative states so as to escape liberal politics; they sure as heck didn’t take it with them.
It’s easy to bitch about something you’ve never had to deal with.
I wish WISH WISH one of these illegal immigrant “activists” would ask the Mexican government how they treat their illegals and what the Mexican government would “do for the children of illegal immigrants.”
“What’s so eyebrow raising about it?”
Unless, of course, you are one of the following people:
1.) A politically-correct liberal douche bag,
2.) A union boss,
3.) A member of the DNC,
4.) A member of La Raza,
5.) An illegal immigrant,
6.) A college professor,
Other than these turds, nobody else has a problem with it.
It's just what everyone would think a nasty Republican would say. Everyone knows Republicans hate children, especially brown-skinned ones.
For years now, it's been only because of the intervention of Democrats that the childrun of latinos have any voice at all. If you put a Democrat in charge, you can be for damn sure they'll do something for latino children...
Uh...forget I said anything...
(Do I really need a /s?)
“Its easy to bitch about something youve never had to deal with.”
That’s exactly right and American voters get it. That is why Governors are more likely to get the Presidency than Senators. They have been there and have done that while Senators have just talked about it.
Welcome to Free Republic. Hopefully you don’t get Zotted again - but I see you don’t even call yourself a conservative anymore.
I think Michelle needs a heart. Isn't that right fluffy?
Wonder how many of the children she and hubby “treated” were illegals??
Something similar happened to New Hampshire. Used to be a rock-solid conservative state. Then Massachusetts residents began moving to NH en masse. They were fed up with paying high taxes in Taxachusetts.
However "a lot" of these ex-Massholes (as they're not-so-fondly referred to) brought their liberal politics with them to NH.
Result? NH is no longer reliably conservative, and now has higher taxes.
First off, Michelle is from a border (that's how you spell it btw) state! If you look at a map you will see Minnesota borders Canada...
As far as her being a Senator, well, not yet... she is a member of Congress!
The same thing is happening with people from blue states that are moving to North Carolina.
“First off, Michelle is from a border (that’s how you spell it btw) state! If you look at a map you will see Minnesota borders Canada...”
Good luck with stopping all those rogue Canadians from running across the border!
GOOD FOR HER! She works for WE THE PEOPLE and not the illegal and drug hoards!
The illegal aliens AND THEIR CHILDREN should be deported!
Most of them are Mexicans and will stay in that countries affairs, and not care a damn about America.
THEY SHOULD BE DEPORTED. And CUT OFF OF ALL WELFARE FUNDING and OTHER MASSING FREEBIES.
“Id at least give them a free ride to the border”
You know, the funny thing about that? We DO give them rides to the border. Border Patrol picks up people with their children all the time...every day. They sit outside grocery stores and K-Marts beggng or looking for work. They are taken to the border in beautiful air-conditioned SUVs and dropped off at the bridge. A week or two later, they’re back in a parking lot somewhere....or commiting crimes.
Michele Bachman speaks boldly but she doesn’t know what she’s up against just from a humane perspective. I’m not touchy-feely at all. Solutions are hard to come by but those dozen or so states that offer in-state tuition after meeting certain stiff requirements were on the right track.
People don’t realize, in El Paso alone, we have 14,000 Mexican citizens who legally come across our bridges every day. Every single day. They come to work in people’s homes or at various places of business. Many have bank accounts here, own property, send their children to private Christian schools. (Those kids are going to graduate from Texas high schools and will have had a Texas address for years. They will qualify for in-state tuition.) Just what in the hell will Michele Bachman do? They shop, visit relatives, go to church. They have Sam’s Club memberships, JC Penney credit cards. They shop at Target, the Malls, and just about every place there is. They fill our restaurants. They travel to other parts of Texas. Some probably sell drugs for all I know. They go home or some stay in their houses here. That’s just El Paso. God only knows what it’s like in California. Michele Bachman reveals her inability to grasp a serious problem. This has been going on for a hundred years, for goodness sake. What’s her solution? Most of those people who enter are related to someone in this country.
A friend of mine, Chuck Buck, moved his family and his business to Idaho. Heard of Buck Knives? After 60 years in San Diego County Chuck moved the entire operation to Post Falls. Many employees went also all to escape the liberal hellhole that is California.
I see two governors of border states (Jan Brewer and Susana Martinez) who are trying to solve the problem and two others (Perry and Brown) who are committed to creating an illegal aliens paradise.
California already is a deep blue state that is bankrupt primarily because of illegal aliens and Texas isn’t that far behind.
It’s not just border states.
Maryland has a BIG problem.
I saw a Latino family on the bus today. The husband had a “mexico” hat
on. they were talking in both spanish and english.
It’s obvious that you can live fine in Maryland and trust to not get in trouble.
I see Latino families in the grocery store, in Target, etc.
But Gov. O’malley and Rep. van hollen don’t care because they don’t have
to encounter them or personally support them financially. They just love them in the abstract.
I want to know one Democrat who lives in a neighborhood who encounters
illegal aliens all the time and their property tax went up because of them
in the schools.
Oh, that’s right. Dems go to Sidwell Friends.
I have to dissent with the majority here.
Without an education, no kid goes anywhere. I know, I know, they don’t “belong” here, but they were not responsible for ending up here. Their parents are.
I work with a lot of immigrants and drop-outs. I am OK working at a dead-end job b/c it’s a means to an end (buying the farm) but if the kids can’t read, drop out of school, a precarious factory job or welfare is all they can look forward to.
Education has always been a way up and way out of poverty. Along with hard work.
I see the immigrant thing from both sides. One branch of my family has been in America since about 1650, the other side came in 1900 or so, and several of the kids did not speak English at first.
The locals mocked them to scorn, made fun of their names, accents and broken English, and so my great-grandpa declared English only at home and made all the kids go to school. The ones who didn’t start in the mines at 12 or 14.
So, ideally, they SHOULD come here legally and SHOULD learn English, but those are the adults responsiblities.
We shouldn’t hold the kids responsible for their parents’ mistakes.
I know this is a minority opinion (no pun intended)but felt like it needed to be said.
“Texans will be moving to Ohio or Michigan in search of a better life.”
I really didn’t intend to post tonight. Just intended to check on what was in the news. But your comment just tickled the heck out of this arrogant Texan.
When I flee Texas...I’m gonna head for Dearbornistan, lol.
Truthfully, FRiend, there is an illegal (and legal in the case of of my pretend projected destination) problem in every state, not just Texas.
In any case, you gave me a chuckle. But I probably won’t be buying a snow blower for future use anytime soon.
“In any case, you gave me a chuckle. But I probably wont be buying a snow blower for future use anytime soon.”
Sure you can joke about it. But I lived in California when it turned the corner from a nice state to Socialist hell-hole. Anyone who thinks that cannot happen to Texas is delusional. It’s all in the demographics...and we elect someone that will push for Amnesty (i.e., Romney or Perry), then that day comes much, much, sooner.
The problem starts at the BORDER and that includes Texas real estate as well as Dulles Airport!
40% of the illegals entered with a legal visa then overstayed. They may be harder to catch now but it should be possible to catch them easier in the future through application of modern technology to the problem of tracking visa holders.
Texans and Vermonters have no peculiar expertise regarding keeping illegals out ~
I’m voting for Michele Bachmann.
I agree with you about California, but Texas, New Mexico and Arizona are still wrestling with it.
Just take a look at California, what it was 15 years ago, when it first seriously began implementing the Perry response to the Mexican invasion, and where it is today. Texas is on that same road.
The real question for the rest of us in the not too distant future is probably going to be this: Should we rescue Texas, or should we just let it become another Mexican hellhole?
That’s why we need someone who will put an electric fence on the southern border to keep the hoards out.