California Congressman Gary Miller(R-CA) was confronted by a few DREAMERS and his response was that he is just like them.
You know, I’ve talked to a lot of young people like you. I mean, I understand the difficulty. Just like I was born in Arkansas. I came here when I was a year old.
Absolutely, because in California, a person coming in from Arkansas and a person coming from Mexico will have the same citizenship status.
It’s stunning in its ignorance and revealing in how out of touch some Republicans are with the experience of undocumented immigrants, and this is a guy who represents a district in California, the state that has the largest number of undocumented immigrants in the country. So for him to say, I get your experience, I came from Arkansas to California, as if that is equivalent to a young kid coming from Mexico or El Salvador and growing up in the American school system and having opportunities denied to you because of your family’s immigration status, I mean, oh my God. I’m going from finding it really hilarious to really disturbing.
Congressman Miller has been lately working on the reputation he built on immigration in his district(CA – 31) with hope of being reelected in 2014 to a seat that President Barack Obama, a Democrat, won by 17 points. He has even went as far as completely removing his anti-immigration stances off of his website and YouTube account.