Gohmert: Secure the border before immigration reform
POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 2:06pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 9:54am
Washington D.C. (KETK) — Editor's Note: Representative Louie Gohmert's comments were made before Janet Napolitano announced her resignation.
East Texas Representative, Louie Gohmert, stopped by the Fox Business show Thursday to talk immigration reform in the House. He shared his point of view on securing the border before discussing the most recent developments on immigration reform.
Fox News Anchor Neal Cavuto prefaced the interview saying the "Grand 'Ole Party has a civil war on its hands." He went on to say conservatives, such as Gohmert, are not buying into immigration reform that is being pushed by Republican senators.
"Well, the fact is we could agree on an immigration bill, but we have to have border security first," Gohmert responded. "Eighty plus-- I think-- of the American people, 60 percent of Hispanic adults, they all agree you've got to have border security before any kind of immigration bill.
Cavuto then brought up U.S. Senator Marco Rubio's, R-Fl, comments that there is a provision in the bill that does have "teeth" and Republicans will not be "hoodwinked" like a bill in 1986 under Ronald Reagan, which also called for tightened immigration controls while giving three million undocumented immigrants legal status.
The Texas congressman isn't buying it.
"[Rubio] really believes this administration is going to all of a sudden, out of the blue start securing the border when they won't even enforce their own Obamacare," said Gohmert. "Once that border is secured, as confirmed not by Janet Napolitano-- we couldn't trust that -- but by the board of governor's or legislature, whatever they want to do. Then we can move forward very quickly on the rest of this immigration bill."
Gohmert also spoke directly about his displeasure with President Obama's failure to secure the border.
"This president already has secured the border in the law. That is part of his obligation and he is not doing it."
Representative Gohmert did state he fully supports Hispanic immigration, but that it needs to be legal.
Two weeks ago, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill on a 68-32 vote, with 14 Republicans joining the Democratic majority to send the measure drafted by a bipartisan "Gang of Eight" to the GOP-controlled House.
CNN contributed to this report.