During a televised interview with the conservative publication NewsMax on Monday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) accused President Obama of inviting young immigrants to cross the border alone to recruit future Democratic voters. In footage recorded by Right Wing Watch, when asked by the host Steve Malzberg what Obama could gain from unaccompanied children coming across the border alone, Gohmert responded that the President wanted to bankrupt the country and “turn America blue.”
“In the end, they have said that they want to turn Texas blue, they want to turn America blue,” Gohmert said, claiming that former Rep. Quico Canseco (R-TX) was voted out office because undocumented immigrants in his district were encouraged to vote. “And if you bring in hundreds of thousands or millions of people and give them the ability to vote and tell them — as Quico Canseco said, he had illegals in his district that were told, ‘If you want to keep getting the benefits, you have to vote, and President Obama’s lawyers are not going to allow them to ask for an ID, so go vote or you’re going to lose the benefits you’re getting now.’ That drives people to vote and it will ensure that Republicans don’t ever get elected again.”
Just last Friday, Gohmert said on Fox News that the crisis “was created by this administration, sending out word that we’re not going to enforce the law.” He added that the political end game for the crisis would be for the Obama administration to “create thousands, maybe millions of new voters.” Both Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Steve Stockman (R-TX) made similar comments to the conservative publication WorldNetDaily last month, arguing that Obama was using “a Cloward-Piven maneuver” to “flood” the country to the point where we are an open-borders country. Stockman said that it’s “an open secret Obama is trying to flood Texas with illegals to make it into a blue state.”
This year alone, at least 52,000 unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, have left violence in their home countries to come to the United States. Along with other reports, a new Center for American Progress report found that the vast majority of children are not coming for any kind of immigration benefit. While many hope to reunite with their families in this country, many more are simply fleeing their home countries for Mexico, Belize, Panama, and Costa Rica.