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Dem. Rep. John Lewis on U.S. border: 'Our doors are open'

John Lewis expresses support for open borders, amnesty.
John Lewis expresses support for open borders, amnesty.
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On Tuesday, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., found himself the target of criticism after declaring support for unfettered borders and "open" doors to the United States on Twitter.

"We are all connected. We can't just build a wall or a fence and say no more. This is America. Our doors are open," he tweeted.

"Umm...seriously? Are you stupid?" one person asked. Another person called Lewis "stupid" and "duplicitous," and said the Georgia liberal's statement shows why Democrats can't be trusted on border security.

"No more fences? No more walls? No more border checkpoints?" the Twitchy staff asked. "Open our doors to all who want to come here, including gangbangers, terrorists, and child molesters?"

A number of people said liberal Democrats like Lewis are destroying America with their lax policies on border security. Several told Lewis that every nation has borders, and the nation would devolve into anarchy without them.

"You commies just want to take America down," one person told Lewis. "You should be ashamed."

One person suggested Lewis remove the fences around the White House and all prisons if they don't work while others wondered how many illegal immigrants Lewis would take into his home. Another critic suggested all Democrats personally take in illegal immigrants, especially those with communicable diseases.

"So then so should the doors on your home," another person said. "Anything less would make you a hypocrite."

Breitbart.com said Lewis is not the only Democrat seeking lax immigration policies that amount to open borders and amnesty. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said she would rather pass amnesty than be Speaker of the House again, while Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., wants Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to bring up an amnesty bill for a vote this year.

A post at the Independent Journal Review said Lewis' tweet was an effort to demagogue the issue while painting Republicans as "heartless thugs" who don’t want to help immigrants. The IJR said the best response was given by comedian Paul Rodriguez who warned the country will be overwhelmed if the situation is not brought under control.

"But, you know, there are ways to come to this country, you know. There are ways; there are legal ways. Look, once they’re here, I’m not saying to be cruel to them or anything like that. But if we — if we accept — let’s say we accept these children, we let them stay here in America, we give them good homes, what is this going to say to everybody else? Are we prepared to be overwhelmed? Because that’s exactly what’s going to happen," he told CNN.