Rep. Jim Jordan: Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote, Abolishing ICE - ‘Those Are the Positions That Scare Me’

Melanie Arter | February 18, 2019 | 11:25am EST
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( - Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopolous” on Sunday that the positions that liberal Democrats have taken on illegal immigration is dangerous and scary.

“What’s amazing to me now, what I think is dangerous, is the position that the left and the Democrats are now taking,” said Jordan, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee.

“Congressman Blumenauer said ‘abolish ICE.’ Nancy Pelosi said walls are immoral. You had the candidate for president, Secretary Clinton, say we need a borderless hemisphere, and oh, by the way, the person that the Democrats had do the State of the Union response, Stacey Abrams, just four weeks ago said non-citizens should be able to vote. Those are the positions that scare me,” he said.

Host Martha Raddatz noted that many members of the Republican Party are uneasy about President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration.

“Isn't that the sort of principle on limiting of executive power that the Freedom Caucus, which you founded, should stand for?” she asked.


“Martha, this is an emergency. I mean, what are we on now? The fifth caravan? So, I would just ask those senators how many caravans do we need? Six or seven or does an endless caravan, the one that never stops? What do we have just a few weeks ago, a drug bust that was enough Fentanyl to kill 57 million Americans. What do we need, 58 million, 59 million Americans, enough Fentanyl to kill that many? So, you tell me. I think it's an emergency,” Jordan said.

“What I also think is interesting is those Republicans who are criticizing the president for wanting to do this executive order are the same kind of Republicans who just a year ago didn't want us to debate and push for the wall funding when we had the majority in both the House and the Senate,” he said.

“Back after Chuck Schumer had shut down the government, because he said amnesty was more important than funding the government, and we had the big omnibus spending bill, that's when we should have done this. So I think it's kind of interesting, those same Republicans who were against fighting for it back then are the same ones who are criticizing the president now for his executive order,” Jordan added.

“You say this is an emergency. The president says this is an emergency, but illegal border crossings, as we have said on this program, are near a 40-year low. The DEA recently said the majority of heroine from across the southern border comes from legal ports of entry, as did the fentanyl bust you just talked about. That was in Arizona,” Raddatz said “Don’t the figures …”

“So you don’t think drugs are coming across where there aren’t Border Patrol Agents?” Jordan asked. “They’re only trying to get drugs through where there are agents to stop it? Come on, that – that defies common sense. This is why we need the wall.

“Everyone knows a wall will help. In fact, Democrats knew it and Democrats were for it. Then-Senator Clinton said we need a border security wall. Then-Senator Obama said we need money for a barrier on our border,” he said.


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