Pantano pressed Rouzer, saying “federal documents say you’re registered as a lobbyist, say you were paid thousands of dollars to work on this bill, and the federal documents say Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein and Ted Kennedy are part of this bill.”
“This isn’t a black or white issue, but there is a path forward,” Rouzer continued. “The path forward is to take those who are working, and let them continue to work. Then its much easier to identify those who are not here for the right reasons, who are causing trouble, who are driving drunk, and deport them immediately.”
WECT’s Jon Evans continued the discussion, asking both men whether they thought the DREAMS Act is a solution to the illegal immigration issue. Both said no, with Pantano once again pressing the question raised during the attack ad.
“Illegals only represent about 14% of the agricultural space,” Pantano said. “There are folks who are taking jobs away from Americans in every sector of this country. But, the original question of where I launched the criticism of my opponent is this: It’s not a conservative position to be paid to do something that is antithetical to the conservative value. That’s the question that I asked, and I’m not sure we’ve ever gotten an answer to.”
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