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GOP Rep: Spanish speakers in schools bring 'education down to the lowest level'

Of all the issues facing the United States today, education and immigration are two of the most important. While both political parties often differ on how to handle these issues, one Republican representative has a new idea.

U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) speaks at the Freedom Summit at The Executive Court Banquet Facility April 12, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) speaks at the Freedom Summit at The Executive Court Banquet Facility April 12, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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With the 2014 mid term elections only months away, members of Congress are positioning themselves for re-election, or to continue their particular parties chances of holding on to the majority in the House and Senate. Tackling immigration and education, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) spoke with "Fox and Friends" co-host Tucker Carlson on Sunday. “It’s not fair to kids that come in and speak only Spanish, throw them in a classroom with English speaking students," Gohmert told Carlson. "It’s unfair to both the English speaking and to the Spanish speaking students,” he continued. “It is not fair. And not only that, Texas is going back, and you've got to speak Spanish to teach English in a school. It is incredible the amount of cost that’s being shoved onto the Texas schools.”

"Young kids trying to learn the most they can, and the teacher has to bring the education down to the lowest level, which means we’re not educating our kids the way they should be...It is a disaster to these schools to have this many surging people coming in, students coming in...It’s not fair to the schools, and we bear the cost of the president dreaming. I think he’s daydreaming. I don’t think it’s a Dreamer bill, it’s a daydreamer."

Gohmert referred to President Obama's "Dreamer" immigration plan as a "scam" because he is “thinking only about the foreign students.” The DREAM Act allows young illegal immigrants the right to stay in the United States if they were brought into the country has a child and have graduated high school have enrolled in the military. Supporters of the DREAM Act point to not just the human element, but also the financial benefits the bill would lead to. According to a 2010 study done by the Center for American Progress, if passed in full, the DREAM Act would create 1.4 million jobs by 2030.