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Miami Democrat Rep. Joe Garcia: Communism Works (Seriously!)

As the Miami Herald reported last night, we caught Miami Democrat Joe Garcia in what is actually his most embarrassing situation yet (not the ear wax thing).

“When you attract people, you are the dominant culture that people want to emulate and copy what you’re doing because it works. And in America, we are doing a huge disservice to ourselves by not understanding how powerful of a driver in the economy an immigration system that works can be — and continues to be — and by not having an immigration system that works. Let me give you an example, the kind of money we’ve poured in: So the most dangerous—sorry, the safest city in America is El Paso, Texas. It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the Americas, which is Juarez. Right? And two of the safest cities in America, two of them are on the border with Mexico. And of course, the reason is we’ve proved that Communism works. If you give everybody a good, government job, there’s no crime. But that isn’t what we should be doing on the border. The kind of money we’ve poured into it, and we’re having diminishing returns. So while we’re doing—we’re spending all of this money here, we have border problems in Puerto Rico. We haven’t been able to set up a system that’s safe there. People are finding alternative routes. The opportunity to get this right and the mistake that Republicans make — and I say Republicans because it’s Republicans right now — I’m known to say that Democrats were also possessed by Xenophobia in 2008 and particularly after 9/11 and the economic crisis, but today we’re in a much better place as a party. And the problem that Republicans have is that they’re fighting a battle they cannot win.”

Not to be mistaken, when asked if he should have chosen his words more carefully, Garcia said this:

When asked if he could have phrased the line better, Garcia said there’s no point: “They would post the video anyway…. I’ll continue to say it.”

And to be clear, he did say it again:

11 months ago

Updated May 29, 2014

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