Monday, June 17, 2013

WATCH: Rep. Grijalva On MSNBC Re: Immigration Reform and Tea Party: "Playing A Very, Very Dangerous Game With Our Society"

Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-CD3) was interviewed on MSNBC's The Ed Show over the weekend about building Tea Party efforts to defeat comprehensive immigration reform.

Before the host played clips of Rep. Michelle Bachmann and other conservatives mounting an anti-immigration reform effort.  Grijalva was blunt about the dangers that he believes this type of campaign could lead to:

“The tea party is formidable, and you have to take it very seriously. [. . .] They’re skirting a lot of issues and not dealing with the fundamental reality that we have eleven million [undocumented] people. That we have a plan in the Senate that, while far from perfect, is a beginning to normalizing life for those eleven million people in this country.  Their resistance is not only political. It goes into whole other areas. And I suspect that as this debate gets uglier, that issues of race, issues of language, issues of heritage will become more and more part of the dialogue. And that is dangerous for America. It’s dangerous for divisions we already have and the people that you mentioned are doing this country not only  a disservice but are playing a very, very dangerous game with our society.”

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