After being the topic of debate in Congress Tuesday, Congressman Joe Wilson is trying to move the illegal immigration issue into the spotlight instead. He’s taking part in the Federation for American Immigration Reform, FAIR, convention in Washington D.C. The former immigration attorney is lobbying for tougher immigration law enforcement. The annual event is called Hold Their Feet to the Fire.
Illegal immigration issues in health care caused Congressman Joe Wilson to blurt out “you lie” at the president’s health care address in the first place. President Obama said his health care package did not include illegal immigrants. Wilson said that’s not true. SCRN affiliate WTMA is at the convention, and spoke with Wilson about his outburst.
“I serve on the Education Labor Committee, so I was offering amendments, and then I was monitoring amendments on the Ways and Means Committee. And I knew when the Republicans offered the amendments for the Citizenship for Americans Verification, the Democrats defeated them in the other two committees. So, when the president indicated illegal aliens were not covered, I knew that was not true,” says Wilson.
Wilson has since been criticized for not apologizing to the full U.S. House floor. And he still declines. The congressman says apologizing to the president was all he needed to do.
“I did what I thought was the gentlemanly thing. I had a town hall moment, I was sitting there, I was shocked at the incorrect information, I had a town hall moment. I then got in touch with the White House, I apologized, I did not mean to do this, I wouldn’t do it again. They were very gracious, and said let’s get on to a civil discussion of health care,” says Wilson.
Wilson was given the official disapproval of the House in a resolution that passed Tuesday. A statement of disapproval carries no punishment and is the weakest form Congress could have appointed.