Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) did nothing but waffle, waver, and walk back comments in his discussion with Laura on immigration reform—revealing his naiveté to both the political realities facing the House, and the market realities which confront struggling American workers.
In spite of Senate bill “gang”ster Sen. Marco Rubio’s recent revelation that conference with the intransigent Democrat led Senate would be disastrous for the Republican party and hardworking Americans, Salmon was still taken in by the ruse of piecemeal legislation: “Dealing with [immigration] in a piecemeal approach is the best idea,” he said. “If [the Senate] is interested in working with us on individual bills […] I’d like to see some of those go forward.”
When questioned about whether it would be imprudent to flood the labor market with additional workers given the already exorbitant rate of unemployment, Salmon was flippant: “there are so many people in our country who would rather sit on public assistance than work.” When Laura pressed Salmon as to whether he was calling the American people lazy, Salmon wavered and tried to walk back the comment. Laura, however, continued to push him on the issue, highlighting the flaws in his argument and explaining how such assertions, when expressed by politicians who are supposed to be advocates of the people, stand to threaten the well-being of hardworking Americans.