Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) said in a radio interview on Tuesday that he finds it “discouraging” that the Republican Party is attempting to reach out to “so-called Hispanic voters.”
According to Think Progress, Huelskamp was explaining his resistance to the bipartisan immigration reform bill currently being written in the Senate to conservative radio host Steve Deache when he made the remarks.
“If you’re going to talk about giving a pathway to citizenship before you seal the border. They made a mistake in ’86. I’m not going to repeat that,” Huelskamp said, referring to the Immigration Reform and Control Act enacted under former President Ronald Reagan.
“That’s not going to go through the House,” he cotinued. “What is interesting and very distracting and very discouraging is, Steve, after the election, the general discussion from Republicans in Washington was, we’ve got to do everything we can to win votes from the so-called Hispanic voter. And I say so-called because there’s all kinds of varieties of beliefs within that immigrant community. And the idea that suddenly, instead of voting 70 percent for the Democrats, somehow they’re going to start voting for Republican? No. What Republicans need to do is get off their rear ends and go out, outside of Washington, and talk about what they’re for!”
Tens of thousands of immigration reform activists demonstrated across the country on Wednesday in support of Congressional legislation that would allow 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to embark on a path to citizenship.
Listen to audio of Huelskamp’s interview, embedded below via Think Progress:
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