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Tom DeLay tells College Republicans that abortion, illegal immigration are linked
Michael Roston
Published: Wednesday July 18, 2007
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Former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay told a gathering of College Republicans that a link exists between legal abortion and illegal immigration in America. The remarks were included in a video produced by writer Max Blumenthal and posted at The Huffington Post.

"I contend [abortion] affects you in immigration," DeLay told the Washington-area gathering. "If we had those 40 million children that were killed over the last 30 years, we wouldn't need the illegal immigrants to fill the jobs that they are doing today. Think about it."

Blumenthal was later apparently forcibly escorted out of the conference by College Republican staff.

DeLay is currently under indictment for money laundering and conspiracy charges in Texas.

The former number two Republican in the House of Representatives, who resigned his post in 2006, is not the only prominent former Member of Congress to link abortion with immigration.

Former Georgia Democratic Senator Zell Miller gave a speech to an anti-abortion conference earlier in the year that linked abortion to illegal immigration. Miller also blamed abortion for other societal ills, such as the state of America's Social Security system and difficulty in recruiting soldiers for the Armed Forces.

Blumenthal's full video, in which he engages College Republicans in a variety of conversations on political issues, can be viewed in full at this link.