Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said Wednesday that President Barack Obama wants to use executive action to temporarily shield “illiterate” immigrants from deportation in order to bolster the Democratic base.
“The social cost will be profound on the U.S. taxpayer — millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign nationals coming into the United States who can’t speak the English language,” Bachmann told reporters, as quoted by the Washington Post.
“Even though the president says they won’t be able to vote, we all know that many, in all likelihood, will vote,” she said, adding “He’s looking at new voters for 2016…. People do vote without being a citizen. It’s a wink and a nod, we all know it’s going to happen.”
When a Post reporter asked Bachmann to explain why she used the word “illiterate” to describe undocumented immigrants, the congresswoman said that she was just repeating what “American Hispanics” who live on the border have told her.
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