Will Legalizing Illegals Help Unemployed? Rep. DeLauro: That's a 'Gotcha Question'

By Lauretta Brown | July 17, 2014 | 11:19 AM EDT

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) -- When asked by CNSNews.com on Wednesday whether legalizing illegal aliens would help the unemployed in the United States, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D.-Conn.) countered that that was a “a gotcha question” and declined to answer it.

DeLauro was speaking outside the U.S. Capitol at a rally for the unemployed.

CNSNews.com asked her: “Do you think allowing illegal aliens to stay in the U.S. and putting them on a path to citizenship will help unemployed Americans?”

DeLauro responded: “What I think is that we need comprehensive immigration reform and so far again, one more time, Republicans in the House of Representatives have said no.

"You want to address the issue? The Senate did it overwhelmingly in a bipartisan way, so let’s move forward. And it’s not a question of asking the gotcha questions, it is about comprehensive immigration reform.

“If you’re serious about addressing the issue, then we’ll take it up, or if you’re not serious, because my Republican colleagues are not serious. They just want to play a political game. And you know what? It’s going to backfire on them.”

CNSNews.com followed up: “What do you think of the effect, though, of--”

DeLauro: “I’m telling you, what is the issue? You tell me, do we want? No, we want a comprehensive immigration reform. You want to get to the heart of the question? Get to the heart of what the answer is. Don’t pick and choose what we think is going to, as I said, do gotcha, you know?”

CNSNews.com interviewed DeLauro at the "Witness Wednesday," which is hosted by The Center for Effective Government, th National Employment Law Project, the Coalition for Human Needs, and the National Women's Law Center. The rally featured the reading of some of “more than 2,000 stories from Americans suffering from long-term unemployment” by “members of Congress and faith, labor, civil rights, and nonprofit leaders” in order to “demand an extension of long-term unemployment insurance.”