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Markwayne Mullin talks with media during his watch party at the Claremore Conference center on Nov. 6, 2018. JOEY JOHNSON/for the Tulsa World file

Second District Congressman Markwayne Mullin continued to go all in on immigration during a Monday night telephone town hall with constituents, repeating several lines he’s used in recent weeks and trying out at least one new one — that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now says she favors open borders.

“Nancy Pelosi today said in a meeting (that Democrats) don’t recognize the border, that they’re not for immigration reform,” Mullin said. “They want open borders.”

Mullin later repeated the claim. He did not elaborate on when or where Pelosi made the statement, and no reference to such a comment by Pelosi could be found Monday evening.

Mullin also said Democrats see lax immigration enforcement as a potential source of votes, although noncitizens cannot vote in U.S. elections and no proof has been found that they do so, despite considerable effort to prove otherwise.

Mullin warned that a rising tide of displaced people threaten the stability of the United States. Many of the migrants are apprehended or turn themselves in at the border, but it is thought most are not.

“Ten years ago, about 80% (of immigrants crossing into the country illegally) were from Mexico,” Mullin said. “Today, 85% are coming from countries other than Mexico. And not just Central America. This is a huge crisis that could drastically change the makeup of this country.”

In April, NBC News reported that a combination of tighter European immigration restrictions and easier access to Mexican visas had attracted migrants from as far away as Bangladesh and the Far East to Mexico.

“People who haven’t seen (the border) can’t understand,” Mullin said.

He blamed Democrats, and particularly Pelosi, for putting forward a supplemental funding bill that, while providing the $4.5 billion sought by President Donald Trump, includes provisions unacceptable to Republicans.

In short, Democrats want more of the money to go to humanitarian aid, while Trump and Republicans want some of it to go for such things as immigration judges and border security personnel. Some Democrats oppose any of the supplemental appropriation going to Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Border Patrol, which they view as inhumane in their treatment of detainees.

Mullin said he supports a controversial proposed 2020 Census question that would ask people their citizenship status. He said illegal immigrants should have “no voice” in government because they have shown they don’t “respect” the U.S. government.

But he said the U.S. does have an obligation to hold immigrants of uncertain status when they arrive in the country.

“We can’t just push them back across the border,” he said. “It doesn’t work that way.”

Mullin also predicted victory for Trump in the 2020 election and said the president made the right decision to recall a planned attack on Iranian defense systems after an unmanned U.S. aircraft the size of a commercial jetliner was shot down last week.

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