Congressman Has Bad News for Girl with Undocumented Dad

GETTY_82013_Scott DesJarlais.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1376987419739Bill Clark/Roll Call (MURFREESBORO, Tenn.) -- A pro-Tea Party crowd cheered last week when a Tennessee congressman politely dismissed an 11-year-old girl whose father may face deportation to El Salvador. Republican Scott DesJarlais, who praised Josie Molina for coming forward at a town hall meeting, did not give much encouragement to the youngster after she asked, "I have a dad and he’s undocumented, and what can I do so he can stay with me?"

DesJarlais, who opposes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, as do other House Republicans, electrified the crowd in Murfreesboro, Tenn., by responding, "We have laws and we need to follow those laws, and that’s where we are at."

Molina, whose mother is an immigrant rights organizer, told ABC News how much she worries about her dad, saying, "It really worries me that he might go to jail.  Sometimes, I’m afraid they’ll take him, make him go to El Salvador.  Every time I’m in the car with him I’m scared they will take him.  I don’t want to see that happen.”

Meanwhile, DesJarlais said the bipartisan immigration reform bill passed by the Senate is "the Obamacare of immigration" and that he'll never allow it to reach the House floor.

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