Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R) recently was approached by an 11 year old girl at a town hall meeting.
Josie Molina, an 11 year old girl, asked Rep. DesJarlais, “Mr. DesJarlais, I have papers, but I have a dad who’s undocumented. What can I do to have him stay with me?”
DesJarlais responded, “Thank you for being here and thank you for coming forward and speaking. This is a big intimidating crowd and appreciate you coming forward and asking your question, but the answer still kinda remains the same, that we have laws, and we need to follow those laws and you know, that’s where we’re at.”
DesJarlais has consistently taken a hardline position on immigration saying that enforcement should be the first priority and that amnesty should not be granted to those who break the law.
Now the Congressman’s campaign is fundraising off of his exchange with the young girl who was concerned for her father. See the text of the fundraising e-mail below:
“Over the last few days liberal groups have bombarded my office with phone calls and emails in response to a video taken during one of my town hall meetings in Murfreesboro.
In the video, a young girl asks me what I can do about her father being deported for coming to this country illegally.
As a father, I am certainly empathetic to her situation. But as a Member of Congress, I swore to uphold the laws of our country. Our nation has always had a generous immigration policy, but we simply cannot condone individuals coming here illegally.
I felt I had a responsibility to be truthful, even if that meant delivering difficult news.
Unfortunately, my office has come under attack by liberal groups outside our state who just don’t understand that in Tennessee, we respect the rule of law. Will you help me fight back against these far left organizations by donating today?
When I ran for Congress I promised to take a stand and fight for values important to Tennesseans. As conservatives, we must never compromise our principles! Because if we don’t hold the line, who will?
I promise that voters can count on me not to buckle under pressure to implement a massive new amnesty program.”
Essentially, Rep. DesJarlais is saying that he would not seek a solution to help reunite mixed status families in capitalizing off of the exchange with his young constituent. Over 200,000 immigrants who have U.S. born children have been removed from the U.S. since 2010.
Despite DesJarlais’ insistence that immigrants follow the rules, he has had some issues with that concept himself. The congressman, who is also a physician, has been fined for inappropriate sexual relations with his patients.