Rep. Louie Gohmert Urges Texas to Declare War, “Use Whatever Means” to Stop Child Refugee Invasion

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To no one's surprise, Texas Republican congressman Louie Gohmert is back in the news after making some ridiculous, racially offensive comments on the House floor last week. This time, he provided his opinion on how Texas should address the humanitarian crisis at the border.

Last Friday in the House, Gohmert spoke out against the $3.7 billion in emergency funds President Obama requested to address the border crisis. He called Texas “a state that is being invaded [by]…more than twice as many than invaded France on D-Day,” and urged Rick Perry “to use whatever means, whether it's troops, even using ships of war,” to stop the invasion.

Most of the children who have been apprehended at the border are under ten years old. According to Louie Gohmert, these young children are comparable to soldiers invading the beaches of Normandy, and Texas should send warships to fight them.

And this wasn't even the worst of Louie Gohmert's invasion rhetoric.

Read Gohmert's full suggestion to declare war after the jump.Louie Gohmert's suggestion was based on his own warped interpretation of Article 1 of the United States Constitution. His full recommendation to Governor Perry is below.

“Even with $3.7 billion that's requested, there's no way for what's being called for is going to stop the invasion that's occurring. That's why I'm hoping that my governor will utilize Article 1, Section 10, that allows a state that is being invaded – in our case more than twice as many just in recent months, more than twice as many than invaded France on D-Day with a doubling of that coming en route, on their way here now under Article 1, Section 10, the state of Texas would appear to have the right, not only to use whatever means, whether it's troops, even using ships of war, even exacting a tax on interstate commerce that wouldn't normally be allowed to have or utilize, they'd be entitled in order to pay to stop the invasion.”

As ThinkProgress noted, Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution states that “[n]o state shall, without the consent of Congress, . . . engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.” To everyone but Louie Gohmert, the kind of “invasion” it appears the framers were referring to was a military one, not an influx of child refugees.

Gohmert also suggested that Texas send the National Guard to secure the border.

Earlier this month, Louie Gohmert also revealed his belief that the border crisis is a conspiracy by the Obama administration to “turn America blue.” In an interview, Gohmert stated:

“In the end, they have said that they want to turn Texas blue, they want to turn America blue. And if you bring in hundreds of thousands or millions of people and give them the ability to vote and tell them – as Quico Canseco said, he had illegals in his district that were told, 'If you want to keep getting the benefits, you have to vote, and President Obama's lawyers are not going to allow them to ask for an ID, so go vote or you're going to lose the benefits you're getting now.' That drives people to vote and it will ensure that Republicans don't ever get elected again.”

Those who understand facts know that most of the children coming to the Texas border are from Central America, arriving unaccompanied because the threat of violence is so great that they “perceive the risk of traveling alone to the US preferable to remaining at home.”  Those who inhabit Louie Gohmert's reality believe that President Obama is bringing thousands of Latino children to the Texas border as part of a master plan to create a base of “illegals” who will vote Democrat–so we should send troops and warships to stop the child “invasion.”

If there's one thing you can count on, it's that Louie Gohmert will make offensive, ridiculous remarks about issues involving people who aren't like him, and once again, he didn't let us down.  

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Katie Singh

Katie grew up in Austin and has been involved in Texas politics since 2004. She has been a part of several campaigns, from state house races to working at President Obama's campaign headquarters in 2012. She loves public policy, public health, and tacos. Katie tweets from @kasingh19.

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