Texas Tea party Republican state Rep. David Simpson faced the wrath of some of his constituents on Wednesday because he dared to suggest that we might want to show a little “compassion” toward these immigrant children who continue to flee dangerous situations in Central and South America.
Because nothing says “good Christian values” quite like harboring blind hatred and ignorance toward children, right?
As Simpson went into detail at a town hall session about the accounts of violence and human trafficking these children have dealt with, here are a few of the comments lobbed his way by those in attendance:
“I believe your constituents should come first when you talk about people who are impacted. You are to represent us, and we have children. These are people that are coming in with leprosy, tuberculosis, polio.”
“I’ve got four kids and a fifth one on the way. These kids have scabies and influenza, viral pneumonia, leprosy. These kids are going to be part of the school system. They are bleeding Texas blue.”
“We need our borders protected. We need a lot of things, but what we don’t need is more people at the trough. These people are not coming in with a good, Christian heart. Most of them are criminals, anyway.”
Can you tell these people watch a lot of Fox News? The misinformation is astounding.
Let’s look at the most common lies Fox News pushes about these immigrants. They claim that they’re:
- Carrying diseases.
- Mostly criminals.
- Some plot to give Texas to the Democrats.
This myth that these children are disease ridden is nothing more than blatant fear mongering by the right.
Clearly these Fox News talking points are the sentiments that were echoed during this town hall. When it gets right down to it, these people really don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. All they’re doing is regurgitating what they hear on Fox News whether it’s true or not.
And I loved the one comment about these immigrants not having “good, Christian hearts.” Yes, because a bunch of adults scolding a man for suggesting we show children some form of compassion is really Christ-like, right?
It’s no wonder so many people are fleeing Christianity in droves.
But while I’m sure I would agree with very little of what David Simpson stands for politically, I’ll at least give credit where credit is due. Finally a Republican (a tea party one at that) in the state of Texas had the courage to stand in front of his right-wing constituents and ask that they show compassion for these immigrant children. Time will tell if he backs it up through his actions going forward.