Markwayne Mullin is pictured in 2018. Tulsa World file

Does opposing President Donald Trump’s plan for mass deportation raids equal favoring open borders?

That, apparently, is what 2nd District Congressman Markwayne Mullin and House Republicans believe — and, perhaps more to the point, what they want voters to believe, too.

Twice during a conference call with constituents Monday night, Mullin said Pelosi had spoken out in favor of open borders that very day.

Mullin, it turns out, was referring to a video clip posted by House Republicans. In the clip, Pelosi says: “In terms of interior enforcement, what’s the purpose? What’s the point?”

In a full-length video of Pelosi’s meeting with Rep. Grace Meng’s constituents in Queens, New York, Pelosi talks about her conversation with Trump about the planned raids, which he subsequently postponed. She mentions “the injustices at the border” in passing before saying “In terms of interior enforcement, what’s the purpose? What’s the point — I won’t even go into what the motivation might be.”

The second part of the quote has been snipped from the House Republicans clip.

A few minutes later, Pelosi says “what we need is comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.”

The House GOP did not flag that comment, though it seems to come closer to bolstering the argument that Democrats are only interested in immigrants as potential future voters.

Mullin has adopted immigration and the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border as a central issue in recent months. Besides Pelosi, he has particularly attacked two firebrand first-termers with immigrant backgrounds — Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

The rhetoric went down well with Mullin’s audience. Every caller agreed with him, more or less, except for one woman who said she is desperate to see Trump re-elected but believes “those people from Mexico will help us if we’ll let them.”

Randy Krehbiel


Twitter: @rkrehbiel

Randy has been with the Tulsa World since 1979. He is a native of Hinton, Okla., and graduate of Oklahoma State University. Krehbiel primarily covers government and politics. Phone: 918-581-8365

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