A Republican National Committeewoman claimed on her radio show Thursday that kids who are arriving in waves unaccompanied at the U.S. southern border could be “warriors” and would likely “rise up against” Americans. In an interview with a Tea Party leader, RNC committeewoman Tamara Scott said that children could be coming from countries where they are highly trained as soldiers and may harm Americans, according to Right Wing Watch.
Scott said, “When we see these kids, you and I think young kids, we think maybe 12-year-olds …middle-schoolers, But we know back in our revolution, we had 12-year olds fighting in our revolution. And for many of these kids, depending on where they’re coming from, they could be coming from other countries and be highly trained as warriors who will meet up with their group here and actually rise up against us as Americans.”
Her guest, Mary Huls, president of the Texas-based Clear Lake Tea Party, stated that it’s especially worrisome that the children don’t come with documentation since the terrorist group Hezbollah “funds several training groups in Venezuela and other South American countries, they are training these youths beginning as early as eight or nine years old through the MS-13 gangs and they’re being trained as warriors. You’re absolutely right.”
As much of the research has shown, the vast majority of children are fleeing violence in countries like Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. And a recent poll found that seven in ten Americans believe those children deemed to be fleeing violence should be allowed to stay in the United States.
Still, Scott has been an ardent opponent of immigration reform calling it “scamnesty” in 2007. And she blasted former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) earlier this year for saying that undocumented immigrants are coming into the country out of an “act of love.” Scott is also known for her other radical positions like claiming that gay marriage could lead to women marrying the Eiffel Tower. What’s more, ties between Hezbollah and Venezuela are tenuous at best, according to the GlobalPost. Interviews with security experts in Israel and South America found that the ties are exaggerated and that “this kind of activity [terrorism] is conducted by small units. It is political rhetoric.”
Scott is just one of many politicians to claim that migrant children have a nefarious agenda for coming into the United States. This week, Speaker of the Arizona House of Representative State Rep. Andy Tobin said that people should be not only be concerned that migrants are bringing in the Ebola virus, but also concerned that those individuals could be from the Middle East. And although he has no evidence to back up his claim, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) warned Thursday that “individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be” coming across the southern U.S. border. But of course, other prominent lawmakers have made similar outlandish claims.