DesJarlais Says He Was Giving "Honest Answer" To Girl On Father's Deportation

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Congressman Scott DesJarlais on Tuesday defended his answer to a young girl on whether her father, an illegal immigant, should be deported.

He said, “I felt I owed Ms. Molina an honest answer to her question. We are a nation of laws and breaking those laws have consequences. While this country has always had a generous immigration policy, we simply cannot condone individuals coming here illegally. 

As a member of Congress, I strongly believe I have a responsibility to be truthful, even if that means delivering difficult news.”

A YouTube video of the exchange at a Rutherford County town hall meeting has gone viral.

The question was asked by 11-year-old Josie Molina, who said she was worried about her father, Milton Molina.

An immigrant from El Salvador, he has been going through deportation proceedings for several months.


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