One federal lawmaker is trying to explain a controversial remark he made during an immigration-related hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill.
Amid discussion about the role of border patrol agents in detaining undocumented immigrants, Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, offered his opinion that the treacherous journey to America is even more dangerous for better looking kids.
“Believe me, a lot of the attractive children are not making it to the border,” he said.
After a pregnant pause in the chamber, Carter sheepishly surrendered the floor to a colleague.
A spokesperson released a statement on his behalf in an attempt to add context to the remark.
“The congressman was referring to the fact that it’s a sad reality that unaccompanied children are subject to kidnapping, sexual violence, physical abuse, human trafficking and even death at the hands of human smugglers and ruthless cartels during their journey to cross over the southern border,” Emily Taylor said.