Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Thursday told a group of business leaders that he opposed comprehensive immigration reform that did not deal with “radical Islamists” who were taking Spanish lessons “because we don’t have any fear of Hispanics coming into the country.”
Speaking to the Longview Chamber of Commerce in Texas, Gohmert said that he understood that farmers needed a temporary visa system so that migrant workers could harvest vegetables and fruit.
“And I’d like to keep having fruit, I’m a big fruit fan,” the congressman explained. “So people say, ‘You are one,’ but no, I’d like to keep having that.”
Gohmert warned that “until we secure the border, we’re going to have the same problems. They’re not going away until we control who comes in.”
“The FBI director has confirmed more than once that we know that there are radical Islamists that change their names to Hispanic-sounding last names, they come to Mexico and get and ID, and some of them even learn a little bit of Spanish so that they can try to act as if they’re Hispanic,” he continued.
“Why? Because we don’t have any fear of Hispanics coming into the country, but we’ve got concerns about radical Islamists.”
The Texas Republican added that the United States was the greatest country in the world “because most Americans, generally speaking, had a faith in God, they had a devotion to family and they had a hard worth ethic,” but he worried that was not true today.
Watch this video from the Longview News-Journal, broadcast Aug. 8, 2013.
Big turnout for protest in Texas town known as a ‘haven’ for the Ku Klux Klan
Protesters gathered in Vidor, Texas on Saturday for a rally against racism and police violence.
The East Texas town has long had a reputation for racism.
Vidor is a small city of about 11,000 people near the Texas Gulf Coast, not too far from the Louisiana border. Despite the fact that Beaumont, a much bigger city just 10 minutes away, is quite integrated, Vidor is not. There are very few blacks there; it's mostly white. That is in large part because of a history of racism in Vidor, a past that continues to haunt the present," Keith Oppenheim reported for CNN in 2006.
WATCH: Buffalo cops and firefighters cheer officers charged with assault as they leave the courthouse
According to a report from both CNN and MSNBC, the two Buffalo police officers who were charged with second-degree assault after shoving a 75-year-old anti-police brutality protester to the ground where he sustained head injuries were greeted with applause after they were arraigned on Saturday morning.
MSNBC's Alex Witt noted that both officers were released without having to post bail.
According to ABC News, "Officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault during their video arraignments on Saturday and were released on their own recognizance. They both entered no guilty pleas and are expected back in court on July 20."
Lindsey Graham leveled by Jim Clyburn for ‘out of touch’ comments on police brutalizing African-Americans
In response to protests over the police killing of George Floyd, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had this to say: "I've come to believe that young black men rightly or wrongly perceive the police to be a threat when many times they're not, and we've got to deal with that problem."
On Saturday's edition of MSNBC's "AM Joy," Graham's fellow South Carolina lawmaker, Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn, laid into Graham for his comments. "He is from Seneca, South Carolina," said Clyburn. "I know the history of Seneca, South Carolina. Where has he been?"
"You know, I've been really interested, we had some foolishness the other day," said Clyburn. "Drew Brees has gotten himself in some difficulty with his teammates, how his grandfather and father thought about anybody kneeling would be disrespecting the flag as if these, his teammates, did not have parents and grandparents who fought for this country and came back to this country with all kinds of indignities. One of which has just been written about in a great book from South Carolina. Isaac Woodard was in his uniform, coming home from the war, when he was stopped by a sheriff, a law enforcement officer who beat him, punched his eyes out with a night stick. That's the thing that led Harry Truman to sign the executive order to integrate the armed services, because of the in indignities charged to a black man by a law enforcement officer, and that black man was in his uniform coming home from a war we had just won."