July 15th, 2014
07:28 PM ET
9 years ago

Bachmann: Hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals 'invaded the U.S.' in last four months

(CNN) - As the Obama administration deals with a surge of unaccompanied and undocumented children from Central America cross the U.S. southern border, Rep. Michele Bachmann said Tuesday that immigrants have "invaded the United States" by the thousands since the spring.

"Since April, 300,000 to 500,000 foreign nationals at their election have invaded the United States," the Minnesota Republican said on CNN's "Crossfire."

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Bachmann said that after spending Monday at the National Counterterrorism Center, "our own government is extremely concerned about who is coming across the southern border."

Bachmann, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, added: "We have foreign nationals that are coming across the southern border from countries like Yemen [and] Iran."

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Crossfire "co-host" Van Jones pressed Bachmann on what to do with the children crossing the border, asking if she was referring to the children as "invaders."

Bachmann again repeated that thousands of foreign nationals had crossed the border illegally since April, but did not specify further.

Bachmann is one of number of Republicans who have come down hard on President Barack Obama over how he's handling the issue of undocumented immigrants entering the country.

Some Democrats have also criticized the administration over its handling of the influx of undocumented children but many argue that the youths deserve their day in court

Republicans, on the other hand, say more money should be "targeted" to quickly deport immigrant children.

Filed under: Crossfire • Immigration • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. jenn,philadelphia

    For all the people who think we should let these poor kids stay because they're refugees fleeing poverty and gang violence, I have a question. What do you have to say to the kids in American inner cities who have to deal with poverty and gang violence every day? "Sorry we'd like to help you, but you were born here"?

    July 15, 2014 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. Winston Smith

    Go to the border lady, and give these intruders a good talking to. Maybe if they agree to work for your ilk for little or nothing, they will be welcome with open arms.

    July 15, 2014 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    The hundred of thousands of anything are crawling in her brainless head.
    Why are we hearing so much about her now? Because she's practically put the door and we have not heard enough crapola from her?

    July 15, 2014 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    -it is the time to wake up, and DEPORT all these, be they IT, or Doctors. Send them home. This nation is ignoring citizens, going crazy. Freeze immigration for thirty years or so. No new Green-Cards. They come to rape our Asa's, Medicare. Wake up.

    July 15, 2014 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    82000, from central America alone..........and counting, just since January.

    July 15, 2014 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. MaryM

    In the end what brought down the richest, most powerful nation was the heartlessness, the deep spiritual poverty of a citizenry with so much, squandered on fear and selfishness. not an enemy from the outside but from within.

    July 15, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    Funny, it appears an equal amount of 300,000-500,000 thousand Martian aliens have invaded Missy's cranium just since yesterday.

    July 15, 2014 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. king

    i wonder if the party of no would have passed immigration reform and give this president money to block off most of the easy route into this country, i wonder how many of these so call illegals would take the hader route risking their lives through deserts, my guest is not the 300000, miss baukman just quoted. i suggest you pass immigration reform, or stop spewing the usual crap. pass the dam law and give this president the money he needs to tackle this dam problem.

    July 15, 2014 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. S. B. Stein

    What has she done to help fix the problem? What is the legislation that she has offered that makes the boarder more secure or to clarify the rules about who can immigrate.

    July 15, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. No politics, just facts

    Michele. Michele, Michele, when is your term up? Who will provide the comic relief when you're gone?

    July 15, 2014 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. fedup

    All the fingers pointing at the president but what about the drag the feet action of congress?

    July 15, 2014 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  12. Megan

    Open borders – that is the democratic party now. They do not want enforcement or anyone sent home. The crazy activists are running the show.

    July 15, 2014 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  13. emskadittle

    she is pretty bad at math

    July 15, 2014 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. rick

    Its about TIME the TRUTH is said!! Absolutly.. IT IS A INVASION! They are not comming here to look for work.. They are here because convinced they will be handed a TOTAL FREEBIE life!! And of course THOUSANDS of the adults will follow the children expecting to live here ALSO!! The grass is greener over the river.. And what of the REST of the illegals already here?? No jobs for them either. Its just a short matter of time before the gang wars start between them.. Killing each other and anyone thats got a job they want!! Happening down there. Will happen here unless we chunk em back as fast as show up!!

    July 16, 2014 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  15. Thomas

    Why should it mater to Michele Bachmann , the End Times are NEAR !

    July 16, 2014 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  16. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    If Jesus were to come today, he would shun the repub/tea bags like Bachmann, who claim to follow his teachings and proven otherwise in word and deed every single day.

    July 16, 2014 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  17. Thom

    The reason the GOP doesn't want these people here is because once they are citizens, they will vote Democrat

    July 16, 2014 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  18. Michael MN

    I wondered where she went – can we have more coverage of Palin also – might as well make this as pointless as can be

    July 16, 2014 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  19. a concerned citizen

    These helpless children are nothing more than barnacles on a boat, to quickly be rid of without regard, she's a special kind of lady, one of the most vain I've had the displeasure of listening to. Simply very offensive, even before she speaks .

    July 16, 2014 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  20. Tampa Tim

    I always felt that Bachmann was the craziest wingnut in congress until I heard Louie Gomert on the house floor yesterday.

    July 16, 2014 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  21. Tampa Tim

    Republicans don't like the 2008 law that they sent to Bush and he signed, allowing children from non bordering countries due process. If they were fertilized eggs, the republicans would welcome them, children, however have no political value to their base.

    July 16, 2014 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  22. tonyb

    Member of the house Intelligence committee? That's ironic.....

    July 16, 2014 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    "Since April, 300,000 to 500,000 foreign nationals at their election have invaded the United States," the Minnesota Republican said on CNN's "Crossfire."
    Bachmann is the biggest liar in DC politics. Every time she opens her mouth its' either a lie or over the top hyperbole. The only folks dying because of "Obamacare" are people in the handful of states where Medicaid has not been expanded because they have been denied access to quality health care. She's not running for re-election. Good riddance. Unfortunately, she'll probably try to cash in her chips as a lobbyist.

    July 16, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |