Three House Republicans, Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN), Rep. Steve King (IA) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX), appeared on Glenn Beck's TV program tonight to ask the host and his viewers to help them stop immigration reform (video below).
"We'll be spending $2.7 trillion just to supply the retirement benefits for illegal aliens," Bachmann said. "So we are bringing in a class of people who have broken our law. We're rewarding them with Social Security, with Medicare and with access to eighty different welfare programs in addition to Obamacare."
Bachmann failed to mention that illegal immigrants do pay some taxes already, and if naturalized, they would pay income taxes just like American citizens.
"We should not have the 'anchor baby concept' when you give birth in the United States, the baby automatically has U.S. citizenship. Mexico does not do that, we should not do that here ... We don't have to amend the Constitution, Congress can simply pass a law and they should," Bachmann said.
However, that would violate the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause, which states: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."
Later in the interview, King urged viewers to come a "Stand Up Against Amnesty" rally in front of the U.S. capitol on June 19, which would include the three Republicans.
"Members of Congress don’t even know this fight is going on, so we need your viewers to melt the phone lines and say, 'Don’t vote for any immigration bill until the border is secure,'” Bachmann said, noted RawStory.com.
Gohmert mocked the efforts to reform immigration and suggested it was just a distraction from the real problems facing Congress: "We need to shore up the framework [of the U.S. government] before this whole thing comes down on our heads."
"This is the most important item in the next four years; what's going to happen in the next couple of weeks," Bachmann said. "Because they're saying, Glenn, that this is all done and passed into law by August 1st. We have a very short window, six weeks to kill this bill, we can do it."