GOP SOTU Spanish Response Asks for Obama’s Help in Reforming Immigration

AP Photo/Gregory Bull
AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Pro-amnesty Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), in delivering the Republican’s Spanish-language response to the State of the Union (SOTU) address, called on Obama to cooperate with the GOP in crafting “permanent solutions to our immigration system.”

Freshman Rep. Curbelo did not challenge the president on illegal immigration or executive amnesty.

Meanwhile, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) gave an English-language GOP response that did not even mention the word “immigration.”

“We should also work through the proper channels to create permanent solutions to our immigration system — to secure our borders, modernize legal immigration, and strengthen our economy,” Curbelo said in Spanish. “In the past, the president has expressed support for these sort of ideas. Now, we ask him to cooperate with us to approve them.”

This is the fourth year that the Republican party has delivered a State of the Union response in Spanish.

In the past, the Spanish version has been a close translation of the English original. That was not the case this year.

The Tea Party SOTU response, delivered by Curbelo’s fellow Republican congressman from Florida Rep. Curt Clawson, touted legal immigration and slammed Obama’s pro-amnesty policies.

Rep. Clawson gave a few remarks in Spanish. 

“We all believe in God, the family, hard work, and liberty,” he said in Spanish. “The law must be followed. You are all welcome with us. We are all equal. Of course. Our house is your house.”

“As we respect our immigration laws – we’ve also got to be fair to the more than 10 million Americans currently struggling to find good jobs!” Clawson later added in English. “To do this, we need to secure our borders first!  This is important for fairness – and security – for all Americans.”

Congressman Curbelo has shown support for immigration proposals that many in the Republican party have rejected, including legislation approved by the Senate that the GOP-controlled House has refused to bring up for a vote.

He also broke ranks with his Republican colleagues on the recent vote to remove funding for Obama’s executive amnesty.


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