Bachmann: Republicans will be exiled from the White House if immigration reform passes

Rep. Michele Bachmann doesn't support immigration reform -- because it's just a big conspiracy to thwart the GOP

Published June 13, 2013 7:33PM (EDT)


Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., declared on Thursday that immigration reform isn't about immigrants at all -- it's just a big conspiracy to keep Republicans from winning the presidency.

"We will never again have a Republican president," warned Bachmann on WorldNetDaily, because President Obama wants to give immigrants "perpetual amnesty" and change "the whole political system." If undocumented immigrants are ever granted legal standing or -- gasp -- citizenship, "you will never again be able to see our country return to its constitutional foundations," according to Bachmann.

This is, of course, a very plausible theory from a reliably levelheaded politician. But how, then, would Bachmann explain the historic number of deportations that occurred under Obama and his administration's otherwise dismal (made only slightly less dismal by recent pushes for reform) record on the issue? A clever ruse to distract us while he secretly pushed for "perpetual amnesty"? Presidential cognitive dissonance?

Perhaps Bachmann will let us know later.

h/t Right Wing Watch


By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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