Conservatives making up facts that support their agenda is nothing new. But getting caught in the lie is.
In case you missed it, you’ll want to share Rep. Steve Pearce’s latest “accidental truth” moment.
From the Santa Fe New Mexican this week:
“Congressman Steve Pearce said Wednesday that most immigrants from Central America who are crossing illegally into the United States are driven by economic reasons, not fear of physical danger in their homeland.”
That’s what Fox News and the Tea Party want us to believe.
But even Pearce couldn’t help himself when he described his visit last weekend to the very countries these children are fleeing:
“Pearce said he and the rest of the House delegation that visited Honduras and Guatemala did not venture from their hotel very often because of the dangers.”
Now we know: ‘Send them back, but don’t send me!’ is Pearce’s new policy to address the refugee crisis on the border. And even though he knows their homelands are dangerous for grown men and women to go outside, he’s pushing to send innocent children back just to keep his Tea Party backers happy.
And the GOP-led House has said NO time and time again to fixing the system:
Later Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich gave a different assessment of the problem, which he called a refugee crisis, not a border crisis.
Heinrich, D-Albuquerque, said unaccompanied children entering the United States hope to escape gang violence and drug dealers in their native land.
Heinrich said Congress, including its Republican members, should work with President Barack Obama to fix a broken immigration system, thereby helping solve the chaos on the border.
He said the Senate approved an immigration bill to aid refugees and provide the resources to crack down on drug smugglers and other criminals. The House of Representatives rejected it, leaving the country in a reactive posture instead of one in which problems could be solved, Heinrich said. – SF New Mex., July 16, 2014
Conservative news outlets are giving Pearce a pass on this, but we won’t. New Mexico needs to know what’s really going and how Pearce’s plan to put politics ahead of children puts them right back in danger.
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