Message to Simpson on border crisis: ‘Constituents come first’

Message to Simpson on border crisis: ‘Constituents come first’
Longview News-Journal
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 8:54am

The tea party conservative representing Longview in Austin was criticized from the right Wednesday as he advocated compassion for immigrants and outlined legal steps that can be taken at the state level.

Republican state Rep. David Simpson also told an audience of about 160 people about flights from abuse and sexual slavery that state and federal officials described as a big part of what’s driven thousands of Central Americans to the Texas border.

“I believe your constituents should come first when you talk about people who are impacted,” Terri Hill of Longview said during a town hall session that followed a slide show of Simpson’s recent tour of the southern border. “You are to represent us, and we have children. These (immigrants) are people that are coming in with leprosy, tuberculosis, polio.”

Nearly 10 minutes after the two-hour event, which was in the Bridges building at Mobberly Baptist Church, about half the audience remained as discussion continued on the issue.

Simpson’s combined approach of compassion for children beset by predators tempered with more stern action along the border wasn’t always what the crowd wanted to hear.

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