Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, distinguished undocumented immigrants who entered the country illegally from criminals at a recent immigration forum in Ames, Iowa.
“I separate out people who came here illegally from people who are criminals,” he said. “Now it’s obvious that they broke laws and did things that were criminal and they shouldn’t.”
“But I’m just saying simply because they came here to work – to provide for their family. They’ve broken no laws other than coming here illegally,” Harkin continued. “They’re here illegally – that’s true. And they need to go through all the hoops we put in the bill. But I just don’t classify them as criminals.”
Harkin joined the rest of the Senate Democrats in approving the comprehensive immigration reform bill submitted by the “gang of 8,” which now sits in the GOP-controlled House. Sen. Chuck Grassley, the other Iowan Senator and a Republican, voted no.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., a “gang of 8” member, also attended the forum.
Watch the video below, courtesy of the Iowa Republican.
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