Florida Republican Ros-Lehtinen says ‘immigration really a woman’s issue’

A Florida Republican congresswoman who broke ranks with party leadership to support the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate over the summer said Wednesday immigration policy is a women’s issue because of its impact on families.

ileanaroslehtina1204a“Immigration is really a woman’s issue,” Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, said at a Women Rule Summit, a panel of female lawmakers gathered in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Politico.

“It’s a family-centered issue and I think we need to focus it more that way and look at how it impacts domestic violence.  … This issue of immigration directly impacts and it’s usually the mom and the kids.”

In October, Ros-Lehtinen joined Miami Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia in sponsoring a House comprehensive immigration bill that mirrors the Senate bill opposed by many conservatives.

At the time, she issued a statement saying she would support any measures that would keep efforts going to “fix the broken immigration system” — and could back other means to that end.

“I favor any approach that will help us move the negotiations forward,” the statement said. “Other members may soon produce a bipartisan product that may also deserve support and I’m cautiously optimistic that we can pass meaningful immigration reform.”

The Senate immigration bill remains bottled up in the House. It has been a wedge issue for Florida Republican lawmakers, such as Senate sponsor Sen. Marco Rubio, and other conservative Republican lawmakers and voters who fear the Obama administration’s selective enforcement of the law will only worsen the country’s illegal immigration problems.

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Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • Chin Kim Chong

    Well said Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

  • jmfay

    Its a womans issue because alot of the people effected by illegals are families who cant support themselves as illegals are taking jobs and or depressing wages.

    Do you think cleaning people, hospitality, child care providers dont have to be paid a fair wage for the work they do so they can keep a roof over their head and food on the table? There are alot of females doing this work. There are also alot of construction, roofing etc jobs that illegals are doing to the detriment of American workers.

    This Senate bill not only allows illegals to get temporary status before the borders are secure but it also brings in millions new workers into this country to further depress wages and take jobs away from American workers.

  • Jean Nelson

    Kiss it goodbye…….hopefully your seat. We don’t need more people to take care of when we can’t take care of what is here since so many feel especially entitled under Obama.

  • ObamaVoters

    She sounds like a good (D). Family issues are woman’s issues, why? Men are not a necessary part of families anymore, according to Democrats and and every growing number of Republicans. And the immigration system is not broken, what is broken and should be fixed, is politicians not enforcing the current law, making it a political issue.

  • Teresa

    What about the family issues Americans have by not being able to support their families. To hell with illegal immigration. Americans need jobs.

  • Barbara Dorsey

    disappointing but look at her represetative area

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  • Doug

    Who is this muckraker?

  • Jose CUnha

    …sorry Ileana, nice spin, but the truth is you caved to a bad bill because it is supported by your largely Hispanic constituency. But please call a spade a spade. I am Latino too, and my ancestors followed the law to be here, no excuses for those who want shortcuts or those willing to overlook violating the law and weakening our borders and sovereignty in exchange for votes. Major fail…

  • Brandon Johns

    The system isn’t broken it just needs to be enforced.