During a recent interview, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) said that she opposed immigration reform because immigrants "don't like" the GOP for the fact that Republicans "believe in limited government and personal responsibility."
“If you look at Hispanics today, 77 percent respond that they believe in big government and like big government," Rep. Bachmann told KTTH (audio below). "Fifty-five percent of Asians say they believe in big government, they like big government.”
“It isn’t the conservative Republican immigration policy that immigrants don’t like,” added Rep. Bachmann, “It’s our stance on fiscal conservatism, the Constitution, patriotism, the fact that we believe in limited government and personal responsibility.”
Rep. Bachmann also claimed that President Calvin Coolidge cut down on immigration so that immigrants could "assimilate," but in reality President Coolidge only limited some immigrants with 1924's Comprehensive Immigration Act.
According to History.com, that racially-tinged law blocked Mexicans, Eastern and Southern Europeans, and Japanese people from immigrating, but allowed for more immigration from Britain, Ireland and Scandinavian countries.
“One thing I’ve advocated a long time is to get rid of this mindless idea that if someone has a baby in the U.S. and the parents are illegal aliens, the baby should be given automatic status as an American citizen,” stated Rep. Bachmann. “Mexico doesn’t do that and Honduras doesn’t do that. We should only give citizenship status to a baby born to legal American citizens.”
However, Rep. Bachmann failed to note that Mexico and Honduras do not have the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S Constitution, which includes the "citizenship clause."