Tea Party Supporters Cheer the Thought of 11 Year Old Girl’s Father Being Deported

scott-desjarlaisBelieve it or not, I try to be civil when dealing with Republicans.  Sure, they don’t think I’m trying, but I actually am.

And I know when it comes to Republicans, the “tea party Republicans” are generally some of the worst of the whole bunch.  But if the entire political party doesn’t want to be judged by the biggest clowns at their circus, then they need to stop letting them be the ring leaders.

But sometimes, it’s really hard to fight the urge to call these people despicable parasites.  Creatures that simply lack the ability to think for themselves.

Case in point, cheering the idea of letting the father of an eleven year old girl get deported.

Now I don’t care what your stance on immigration is, cheering the thought of an eleven year old girl having her loving father stripped way from her is disgusting—period.

At a town hall meeting in Murfreesboro, TN, tea party Congressman Scott Desjarlais (the same “pro-life” hypocrite who urged his mistress to get an abortion) was asked by an eleven year old girl what she could do to help her father, who happens to be an undocumented immigrant, stay with her:

“Mr. DesJarlais, I have papers, but I have a dad who’s undocumented.  What can I do to have him stay with me?”

So, what was Rep. DesJarlais’ response?

“Thank you for being here, and thank you for coming forward and speaking.  This is a big, intimidating crowd, and I appreciate you coming forward and asking a queston. But the answer still kind of remains the same.  We have laws, and we need to follow those laws, and that’s where we’re at.”

In other words, “Sorry, but your dad should be deported.”

To which the crowd cheered–and of course they did.  These people seem completely unable to think outside of the small box in which they live.  Living with such a narrow-minded view of the world, these people often seem to lack even the slightest ability to comprehend any idea other than those which fit neatly on your ordinary bumper sticker.

Now, is Rep. DesJarlais correct in his assessment about our laws and how they pertain to this little girl’s father?  Yes, he’s absolutely accurate in his statements.

But that doesn’t make him right—and that’s the problem.  Which is why we need sensible immigration reform, and we needed it yesterday.

It makes absolutely no sense to tell people who’ve been living here for years, have been good-standing contributors to their neighborhoods and have families here which might be legal American citizens, “Hey, get out.”

Heck, think about those who were brought here as very small children that were raised as Americans, never knowing they were actually here illegally.  You want to send them back “home?”  This is their damn home.

So while many oppose any thought of sensible immigration reform which would provide a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants who have been solid members of a society, these people are simply living in some delusional bubble where they think it’s feasible to round up and deport 11 million human beings.

Reality check: That’s never going to happen.  So get over it already.

Logic and rational thought (two enemies of Republican ideology) dictate that the best course of action is a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally but have been solid “citizens.”  If they comply with the required steps put forth by sensible immigration reform, they should be given a path to citizenship while remaining in the United States.

It’s time people like this eleven year old girl stop living in fear because our laws simply don’t make any sense when dealing with over 11 million undocumented immigrants.

So while Rep. DesJarlais might have been accurate when he told this eleven year old girl her dad would be deported under our current laws, his remorseless response was void of any actual substance—because, to him, the only positive solution to the girl’s question is to have her father ripped from her life and sent out of the country.  And that highlights the exact type of cold-hearted ignorance which is standing in the way of sensible immigration reform.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • bonniewarford

    It also highlights these people’s complete lack of empathy, and their brutal, binary, black-and-white thinking.

  • Andre Capper

    Evil people these Tea Party Nazis.

  • Norman Clark

    the worst thing I have observed about these Tparty types is that they feed off of each others hate and ignorance, while calling themselves good “christians”
    and Jesus wept…

  • Robert Cook

    Such a touchy subject, and this guy failed with flying colors… With that said, I think we need to consider one thing: the amount of time spent in the country. To just make a law that allows people to circumvent the current system, and say “oh, I have a child here.. this is her home”, then be given a path to becoming a citizen will create a dangerous precedent, when families will bring their children, hide here a short period of time, then come forward claiming “my child is young here and has been growing up here, so we all want to become citizens”, and I believe this is the GOP stronghold of thought: create a pathway, and folks will break proper procedure for becoming a citizen then use the loophole. That I DO NOT agree with… it should be a 10 to 15 year stay, as a legal alien, without all granted citizen rights. Then after that time period, if their records are clean, they should be allowed to START a pathway to citizenship. Otherwise, it’s just easier to break the laws on the books, and say “but..but.. I have ties here now…” It’s a bit heartless, but considering that the countries most of the illegals come from would not give a second thought to deporting us, and our kids, back to he US, it’s how we might have to approach things.

    • Justin Tierney

      there is already a precedent for having a child born in this country, allowing their parents to be come citizens.

  • TexasEllen

    Totally, completely failed. He should have told his crowd to stop acting like bullies.

    If you only look at the financial side, keeping an 11 year old American citizen in foster care instead of with her family would cost tax payers lots of money. These twits shout about cutting the budget while demanding things that increase it.

    • Mike Lawson

      Teabaggers would just insist that the girl be stripped of her “anchor baby citizenship” and be deported with her dad, then THEY wouldn’t have to pay to support her, either.

  • James Martin

    Would it have been better for him to lie to her? What can she do? Under the current laws she can do nothing. Change the laws don’t advocate violating them.

    • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

      How much better for the crowd to cheer wildly that an innocent child has her heart broken? He didn’t need to lie, but he could have told the crowd that this was needlessly cruel; he didn’t want to risk offending his base. Disgusting.

  • PayTaxesOrGoHome

    send the daughter back with him. If we dont obey immiagration laws, why obey traffic laws, or pay taxes, or do anything else that has rules and regulations?

    • Stephanie Dubois

      She’s a US citizen, she can’t be deported out of her own country!

    • Justin Tierney

      people don’t anyway that’s why we are in the state we are now

  • Justin Tierney

    DesJarlais…what kind of name is that can’t we deport him?

    • Dan T.

      Yeah, that sounds like some commie French persons name, doesn’t it? 😉

    • Yolanda Acosta

      It’s all greek to me!

  • Justin Tierney

    the sign of a sociopath…someone who doesn’t care about anything other than their own agenda. Perhaps that’s a common trait among these people.

  • strayaway

    What if the girl’s father was convicted of bank robbery or had to spend a long time away for medical care? Would empathy still demand that he not be taken away? What about empathy for the US worker receiving extended unemployment since his job was given to a lower paid foreign caste worker? Thinking outside the box, but just a little, send the girl back home with her father to prevent family separation.

  • Matthew Reece

    Immigration is a statist program. It is simply an act of moving that happens to cross lines that politicians have drawn on maps. Such lines cannot be legitimately binding upon anyone who did not consent to be bound by them, as this would violate the will theory of contract and the logical right of freedom of association.

  • capricornbaker

    sooooo…once again, you’re advocating ignoring the laws of the land because you don’t agree with them? Who gets to decide which ones we ignore and which one’s we obey? That interpretation would seem to come and go depending on what party is in power at the moment. We don’t run a nation with laws that are subject to interpretation on a whim. That would be tantamount to anarchy. People have “legally” immigrated to this country because of the freedom and liberty that they desired…and, that was only possible because we were a nation of laws that were passed by a democratic republic. I agree that a lot of laws need to be re-written, although you and I would probably disagree as to which ones they should be, but until that happens you can’t just ignore the ones that are on the nation’s books at the moment. Oh, wait a minute, this administration has been doing just that. They made that decision on immigration already, and they’re now doing it with the Affordable Healthcare Act…if we don’t like it, we ignore it. That makes us no different than the “banana republics” of not so long ago. But, maybe that’s what you want…you just like to frame it with words like…compassion, empathy, and common sense. Sorry…epic fail on your part. Feeling better about yourself and your motives at the expense of the law doesn’t cut it. Subject to too much interpretation depending on your ideology.

    • Michelle Layfield

      The only ones breaking the laws concerning The Affordable Care Act are Republican Governors refusing to enforce even the most basic of tenets under the ACA such as the ruling that no one can be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition.
      And, as far as immigration goes, these people–undocumented aliens–have been contributing members of our society for generations. Your family probably came here as aliens–unless of course you are Native American or Alaskan. Many did not come through proper channels like Ellis Island and yet they stayed and became citizens. The problem is it was a couple generations ago and we tend to forget that our own families may have done likewise.
      There needs to be a sensible path to citizenship for those who have been contributing to this country, whose children were born raised here. And, don’t get into the discussion that these are all Latinos, because they are not. Many are from Eastern Europe and other countries as well, it just depends on where you live. The fact remains these people deserve a chance at a better life. And, we cannot deport their children who are US citizens. This nation was stolen from Native Americans by the white-Anglo-Saxon settlers 350 years ago, so we have no right to talk about people coming here illegally! Now, we need to find a way to live with people who are already here and work with them to help them come out of the shadows.
      As far as jobs goes, if the Republicans would allow a raise in the minimum wage, to a livable wage, there would not be a caste system. Frankly, many jobs that the undocumented aliens do, most US workers won’t do–they would rather collect unemployment or not work at all. Many will not work in the fields, or for minimum wage at McDonalds–the Koch Brother’s working conditions are such that US citizens refuse to accept them! So don’t blame the undocumented workers for taking those jobs–or jobs in the garment industry sweat shops.
      The fact is the undocumented aliens did not cause these issues–the 1% did–by hording the wealth!

      • strayaway

        Michelle, According to the results of the National Geographic Genographic study, the ancestors of native-Americans came over in at least seven waves. Each wave must have stolen land from previous waves. Europeans are just another wave as are mostly Hispanic immigrants who, in turn, often have European roots. I like your idea of having living wages replace much of our present welfare system. However, I think that you owe an apology to US workers for suggesting that they will not work. They may not work for illegal alien wages but I have seen too many hard working Americans to agree with your insulting remarks about US workers. I’m curious though about how you think that we can accommodate so many additional unskilled and uneducated workers when there is a surplus of them now and computerization, robotization, and Obama’s TPP promise to decrease the amount of those jobs. One good thing is that a livable wage will be a boon to robotization intended to reduce labor costs. Still, how do we accommodate additional millions of under-educated and unskilled American and immigrant workers?

      • Justin Tierney

        educatate them train them for free so that they can afford an ipod or whatever other crap you want them to buy

    • Justin Tierney

      it must be lonely up there on your high horse

    • Pipercat

      I think he was advocating the notion of changing the existing laws….

  • Robert Hatch

    Living in TN, I was ashamed when this came to light. My only thought was that by the rational presented no one would live in America. While I have issues with immigration, the fact is that the system as it is now needs some massive reforming. The reality that this man answered that poor girl so callously is shameful, despicable, and immoral. He could have address something of her concerns even if it were simply advising her to encourage him to become legal, that at least would have shown something.

  • Kathleen E. Vitale

    this is wrong in just so many values wouldn’t it be better to have the family stay together You know this young girl is going end up becoming a ward of the start wouldn’t it be cheaper and more Christian to have the family stay together

  • Popegregory47

    You people who want to deport the father are the reason I dropped out of the Republican party to be a Democrat. I wouldn’t be able to face Jesus at church if I want to deport the father. By the way don’t hide behind being Christian, you people are no more Christian than I am superman. Jesus wouldn’t turn his back on the father. Admit you are bigots and on with life.

  • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

    Tea Party = sociopaths

  • truf

    Would we bemoan the loss of the relationship with the father had he committed a different crime, and was forced to be away from his daughter because he was imprisoned? Would we even consider excusing any other crime, because of the daughter? Of course not. At least she has the option of following her father to his homeland, and re-applying for citizenship in a lawful manner.

  • Karla Ibsen

    How is it that it is so hard for these fanatics to feel simple human compassion? I don’t understand it. It’s so sad. What happened to this thought: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” This just doesn’t seem to be the same America I used to know.