Alex Constantine - April 28, 2010
By Ben Frumin | tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com | April 28, 2010
Rep. Hunter - " ... 'It takes more than walking across the border to become an American citizen. It's within our souls.' ... Hunter also said he thinks Arizona's controversial new immigration law 'is a fantastic starting point.' ... " Watch (the relevant question comes just after the 2-minute mark):
Late Update: I just got off the phone with Joe Kasper, Hunter's spokesperson. He didn't really back down from the basics of Hunter's statement, but did offer some more context.
"By no means was that the message, that yeah, let's start rounding people up," Kasper said. Hunter does not want to start "tracking kids down and deporting them," Kasper said.
What he does want, Kasper said, is to do away with the citizenship rights for children of illegal immigrants who are born in the United States. In fact, Hunter is one of more than 90 House Republicans who are cosponsoring a bill that would do just that.