Think of the poor children!

New strategy:

Young Girl Tells Republican Congressman Her Father Is An Undocumented Immigrant

A young girl told Tennessee Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais at a town hall last week that her father was an undocumented immigrant. The girl was asking what she can do so her father would not be forced to leave the country.

“I have a dad, and he’s undocumented, what can I do so that he can stay with me,” the young girl asks.

“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. We have laws, and we need to follow those laws and ya know, that’s where we’re at,” the Congressman said to applause.

According to the description of the video, which was uploaded to YouTube Thursday, the young girl in the video’s name is Josie and her father is currently in deportation proceedings.

But wait! There’s more!:

DesJarlais was speaking at the the Rutherford County Tea Party’s “Conservative Conversation and Cocktails” meeting. According to numerous descriptions of the event the town hall was attended by about 200 people including including Organizing for Action.

So the local Tea Party arranges a meeting with their congressman and OFA shows up with this little girl named Josie who is primed to ask a loaded question. What can the congressman say?

If he says “Enforce the law” he’s heartless. If he says her daddy can stay then he’s agreed to amnesty.

That was Buzzfeed. Here’s how Raw Story framed the incident:

Tennessee Republican tells girl her father has to be deported as tea party crowd cheers

A Tennessee tea party Republican congressman told a frightened little girl at a town hall meeting on Thursday in Murfreesboro, TN that laws are laws and that her undocumented father is going to have to be deported. According to, 11-year-old Josie Molina told Rep. Scott Desjarlais (R) that she has papers but her father does not.

During a question and answer session at the meeting, Molina stepped up to the microphone and, with a quavering voice, asked, “Mr. DesJarlais, I have papers, but I have a dad who’s undocumented. What can I do to have him stay with me?”

Rather than make any attempt to assuage the girl’s fears, Desjarlais said, “Thank you for being here and thank you for coming forward and speaking,” but “the answer still kind of remains the same, that we have laws and we need to follow those laws and that’s where we’re at.”

The tea party crowd whooped and applauded wildly as the little girl took her seat, head down. Progressive Populist reported that Josie Molina’s father is currently in the process of being deported and that the girl is seeing a child psychologist in order to cope with the stress and anxiety.

You can find the story at Cheetoville too. Interestingly, none of the versions gives us any information about why her father is being deported. They don’t mention her mother either. Was she even living with her dad? If not, was he paying child support? Who is paying for the child psychologist?

According to Legal Insurrection this looks like it is part of a larger strategy of using emotional appeals about the children of illegal aliens. This ties in with Obama’s Dream Act proposals affecting illegal aliens who came here as young children and then grew up here.

Politically it’s a good strategy. Emotional arguments are always better than logic, at least when it comes to winning elections. But emotion doesn’t solve problems, logic and reason do.

If Republicans want to win this issue they need to talk about the effect of immigration on unemployment. Talking about broken families caused by immigration enforcement is a losing argument for the GOP.

Talk about the broken families caused by unemployment. Talk about the higher cost of social services because American jobs are being taken by immigrants.

Who will be the hardest hit by legalized immigration? Non-public employee unions, blue collar workers, blacks and other American people of color. Meanwhile Big Business and the “1%ers” get cheap labor.

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84 Responses to Think of the poor children!

  1. Klown says:
  2. elliesmom says:

    What do you say to a child? Actions have consequences. Your dad did something wrong. Maybe he did it for all the right reasons, but it was still wrong. When he did it, he knew the day might come when he would have to accept the consequences, but he did it anyway. Today is that day. It was important enough to him to take that risk, but he knew from the beginning that this day might come.

  3. votermom says:

    GOP should also talk about kids like this one:

    Police in Austin, Texas, arrested two Mexicans and held them on immigration detainers, after a 13-year-old girl came forward last week and claimed she was gang-raped by up to 13 men.

    The girl was a runaway from the Settlement Home for Children. She was picked up on June 29 by three men of Latino descent and taken to an apartment complex and raped by a group of men, police said, in the Examiner. Police report there were up to 13 attackers, and some cheered and videotaped during the incident.

    Court documents say the attack went on for hours, into the early June 30 morning. The girl was then dumped in a nearby neighborhood and told “to find somewhere to go,” court documents say, the Examiner reported.

  4. votermom says:

    Iirc, Holder was part of this

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Looks like a trend for OFA to show up and just harrass the GOP reps….

    Of course they’re coming across more as thugs than concerned citizens.

  6. DeniseVB says:


  7. Somebody says:

    There is a TV ad running about an illegal that wants to join our military. He grew up here went to high school in Chicago, made rank of brigadier general in the ROTC………but due to pesky laws he can’t fulfill his dream of serving in the US military.

    Have any of you seen this ad? I first saw it a couple of weeks ago and I knew a full emotional campaign was on the horizon. Plants at town hall meetings are not surprising. If you can’t win on facts then make your argument emotional.

    At the end of the ad I saw there was a reference to FWD.US. I have no idea what FWD.US is, but it sounds like it’s coming from the WH. It also sounds like our tax dollars are picking up the tab or at least I think so with the .US on the end.

    The republicans need to push back, if they don’t they’ll lose the on immigration/amnesty………….but I think that may be the plan. I think the fix is in and has been in. I’m not saying all republicans, but many.

    • Somebody says:

      I see that FWD.US is actually a push from the tech community led by Zuckerberg.

      The young ones are too naive to realize those pushing this want to further cheapen labor in this country, thus sacrificing their futures. Visa policies have already had a devastating effect on wages in the tech field. You know the whole we don’t have enough engineers bullshit. Those tech giants want more of the same and then some because they make out with those policies it pads their pockets and screws the American tech worker.

      I wonder where the unions are, strangely silent. You’d think they have a dog in this fight, hmmm.

      • elliesmom says:

        When the hierarchy in a union becomes entrenched, the union officials become as corrupt as our politicians. You don’t ask what’s in it for the union members. You ask what’s in it for the union officials. So what if wages go down as long as there are more potential members, people can’t work unless they join, and the dues keep coming in.

        • Somebody says:

          You’re probably right…….I guess I just don’t think in a corrupt manner. More members even at lower wages would pad their pockets more, at least if the increase in numbers was high enough.

          I wonder if their members realize that or if they assume their union is looking out for them?

        • elliesmom says:

          Look to Wisconsin for your answer. What happened to the teachers’ union when dues weren’t automatically deducted from paychecks?

    • DeniseVB says:

      Legal immigrants can join the U.S. military, or be on some sort of path to citizenship ? Were there any adults to guide him towards his dream?

  8. helenk3 says:

    One question to ask, Why do democrats hate kids? They use them during tragedies like school shootings. They have no problem killing them before they are born. They dumb down the education system to keep them poor. They promote dependency instead of the American dream of independence. They make a role model of Treyvon Martin and mock Dr Ben Carson

    Just asking ” Why do democrats hate kids?”

  9. votermom says:

  10. Klown says:
  11. helenk3 says:

    families of Fort Hood victims will have a press conference in the next few hours per FOX news

    • 49erDweet says:

      Apparently the leaders of Mexico and Canada both led successful careers actually doing things before stepping up to those high offices. Maybe……..nah, our system is better. Let’s just pick a person with a pretty face. It’s the cool look that counts, not how well the job is done.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    • votermom says:

      He probably pranked his classmate by cutting his hair.

    • Karma says:

      This one time at band camp/college this conservative debater wiped the floor with me and made me think why hasn’t the Borg changed his mind?

    • Constance says:

      Do we have anyone else to choose from? Since the only people who can apparently be President must be Frat boys with Ivy indoctrination we seem to be stuck with them and their vapid sexist take on life.

  13. helenk3 says:

    take a minute to be amazed at the beauty of nature

  14. helenk3 says:

    White House won’t say whether the US has obtained information from the laptop, other devices British officials confiscated from Greenwald’s partner – @JessicaYellin

  15. helenk3 says:


    have you been hearing anything about Richmond California and the eminent domain and the underwater mortgages. city takes houses, reifis the mortgages and gives them back to owners at lower price.
    makes no sense

    • 49erDweet says:

      The Klown probably has better insight, but IMO it’s Richmond, which marches to it’s own beat. They probably think it keeps from further gutting the neighborhoods ala Detroit and Stockton, gains (temporary) voter allegiance for whatever the city leaders want to do (raise taxes) and maintains a certain degree of fiscal fluidity in the tax base. However, one would think down the road the city could be found financially liable for “bad faith” and end up worse off than they are. Like treble damages? And court costs?

  16. DeniseVB says:

    Oh my, Caroline is richer than Mitt Romney 😉 It’s not her fault though, all gained through great tragedy in her life. What we do know is that she got appointed Ambassador to Japan because of the boat loads of money she raised for Obama in her 1% circle of friends.

    Didn’t know…. that one of the Koch brothers bought Jackie’s 5th Ave apt after her death…Caroline owns 344 waterfront acres at Martha’s Vineyard …. offered Hillary’s Senate seat but didn’t want to disclose her finances? Interesting article….

    • 49erDweet says:

      Did you catch what that City Councilperson said? “We need to take those guns off the street………”?
      Those bad, bad guns were apparently going around shooting at people all by themselves. Evil guns. Wicked! If the “authorities” could only arrest all the guns then things would be sooooo much safer. Because in Oakland, as elsewhere, deep down all people are basically “good”. Riiiiight.

  17. helenk3 says:

    what can you say?????

  18. helenk3 says:

    democratic party strange idea of supporting women
    rally for filthy filner

  19. votermom says:

  20. helenk3 says:

    I just found this site. was looking for posters for my great grandkids.

    for all of you with kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews or just young friends

    all kinds of stuff to help kids learn

  21. Klown says:


    Christian Nation is a work of speculative political fiction, arising from the counterfactual of a McCain/Palin victory in 2008 followed soon after by McCain’s sudden death and Sarah Palin’s ascension to the presidency.

    When the book opens, eight years have passed since the Holy War ended in victory for the fundamentalist Christian forces. Americans live in bondage to a comprehensive authoritarian law called The Blessing, enforced by a totally integrated digital world known as the Purity Web. The Narrator, Greg, whose best friend led the opposition to the theocratic movement, is brought to a secret abandoned cabin in upstate New York and told to remember and write.

    The Christian right made no secret of its decades-long quest for political power, and did not hide what they would do if they got that power. Greg writes: “They said what they would do, and we did not listen. Then they did what they said they would do.” Struggling with perspective and memory, the memoirist recounts the country’s long slow descent to religious authoritarianism, propelled by economic distress, a second major terrorist attack, and the fanatical ambitions of an extremist evangelical minority.

    Living out their 20’s and 30’s against the backdrop of dramatic political change, Greg recounts how he (a Wall Street lawyer), his girlfriend Emilie (a New York investment banker) and his best friend Sanjay (a gay Indian-American internet entrepreneur) react and interact as the country slowly slips toward theocracy. The three struggle with the tension between personal ambition and moral responsibility, and the memoirist ultimately finds that he must make a choice.

    Readers will find themselves haunted by the question his shadowy hosts demand that Greg answer in the book, echoing Hannah Arendt’s struggle to explain the origins of totalitarianism in the 20th century: “What happened, why did it happen, how could it have happened?”

    • elliesmom says:

      If Sarah Palin had to pay rent for all of the heads she lives in, she’d be broke.

    • Klown says:


      Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama on Sunday for having a “gay old time” while hell is breaking loose in Egypt.

      “It’s sad for America,” Palin told Todd Starnes of Fox News. “Literally all hell seems to be breaking loose and President Obama is in Martha’s Vineyard having a gay old time, riding his bike, partying it up.”

      Palin called Obama a “dithering president” and called for an end to “all funding for Egypt” until “there is a crackdown on this atrocious violence.”

      She also criticized Obama for apologizing in 2010 for America being a superpower and said that was the “most drastic and most significant statement he’s made.”

      In 2010, as Starnes reported, Obama said, “Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.”

      “It leads one to believe that our president is choosing to be absent from the ability to exert some of American super powers,” Palin said.

      She also said Obama needed to stand up for Christians who are being targeted in Egypt.

      “Egyptian Christians are being slaughtered, and we need to put pressure on our government to at least speak up for the faith-filled people on that country,” Palin said.

      I’m waiting for some Vile Prog to claim she was insinuating that Obama is gay, even though according to Vile Progs there is nothing wrong with being gay. (According to me too but I’m not accusing her of anything)

      I’m pretty sure that “gay old time” is a dogwhistle for the N-word.

      • Constance says:

        I’m sure “gay old time” is a dog whistle for Liberals. I hope they get their shorts in a knot as it is so entertaining to watch!

      • 49erDweet says:

        At the very least she’s guilty of Mockery, with Intent to Scorn, which is a class II felony in progressive political circles.

        • leslie says:

          She’ll never be permitted at any rodeo in Missouri for all that Mockery with Intent to Scorn.

    • Constance says:

      You know how they always say “all names have been changed” ? Well I hope Sarah can sue the author and publisher for thinking up ridiculous slanderous garbage and attributing it to her. Liberal men are so in fear of women politicians they have to spend endless energy trying to make them look evil.

    • Constance says:

      Here is what Kenneth T. Prescott of CA posted on Amazon reviews of “Christian Nation”.

      “This work is a wonderful parody of the left’s fears. His characters are stereotypically stereotypical caricatures of leftist tropes (The Token Immigrant Sidekick of the Whiter-Than-Wonder-Bread Protagonist is particularly amusing). The plot goes along an axis from implausible to silly, told in the sort of utterly serious tone that the American Left takes when they talk to their perceived intellectual inferiors (i.e., damn near everybody). Mr. Rich’s ability to parody not merely the language and style of the American left, but their entire theology, is excellent. That he is able to get the left to not realize that they are the butt of a 352-page literary joke is sublime comedic genius. Well played, sir!”

    • votermom says:

      I downrated it on goodreads – right now it’s all 4 & 5 stars from libiots

  22. swanspirit says:

    Who allowed an 11 year old child who is already “under the care of a psychiatrist ” to attend this meeting and ask these questions? That is child abuse , hello!!!!!!
    Also , the idiot answering the question should have not answered publicly , but agreed to see her privately after the town hall .

    • DandyTIger says:

      Agree on both fronts. I’d say to her that sounds like a very personal, family issue for you, let’s talk after this discussion. And if anyone yelled for him to answer, I’d say this is a child, it’s not a good idea to do that in a public forum.

      Of course the plant and OFA operatives would have been there with cameras when any later talk to place. So then I’d never address the bigger legal issues, I’d just take down information so my people could look into it.

    • Klown says:

      I would have told her I needed more information and asked if her mother was there too. Then I would have told my aide to take them to the back of the room or outside to get the info.

      • swanspirit says:

        Right !! You and Dandy are exactly right ! And where is the pushback ?
        Dems bring child under psychiatric care to a town hall to ask loaded questions??

        • Karma says:

          And how can this child not internalize failing to save her dad from being deported? It’s her fault when dad is sent away thanks to being used as a pawn.


  23. Karma says:

    The left – busy with squirrels.

    • Karma says:

      And not to imply that a lot of these aren’t important topics but that they’ve reduced it to a tagline while dropping the ball with Obama.

  24. helenk3 says:

    also would like the signs to say

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