Republican rep.: Young immigrants ‘had a say’ in crossing border

By David Edwards
Monday, June 18, 2012 13:04 EDT
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Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) speaks to CNN
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A Republican representative from Texas says that he opposes President Barack Obama’s policy of halting deportations for some young undocumented immigrants because 16-year-old kids “have a say” in whether or not they cross the border with their family.

“Well, you are also talking about people that came over 16 years of age,” Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien on Monday. “At that point you had a say in it, and that looks more like amnesty. But you are looking at 12 and under people, it certainly looks — I can understand that.”

“You think a 16-year-old whose parents are coming across the border has a say in whether or not they are going to stay behind in their country?” O’Brien wondered.

“They’re certainly in a position to have a conversation with their parents about it,” Farenthold insisted. “Believe me, my 16-year-old daughter has given me input on everything — pretty much everything the family wants to do.”

Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell noted that there was a big difference between the 16-year-old daughter of a wealthy congressman expressing her opinion and 16-year-old immigrants who have little choice but to follow their families across the border.

“Yes, the daughter of the 39th richest man in Congress, worth $8.57 million, is exactly like the children of the impoverished immigrants who decide to cross the border illegally,” Kirell snarked. “Their situations are perfectly comparable, right?”

“After all, saying ‘Daddy, I think we should go to Punta Cana next Christmas vaction’ is exactly like saying “I think I should stay back here while you guys cross the border illegally.’”

It’s not clear if Farenthold’s daughter had a say in 2010 when he posed in pajamas with scantily clad women for We the People magazine.

Watch this video from CNN’s Starting Point, broadcast June 18, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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