Woodall talks with residents

Rep. Rob Woodall, Republican congressman from Georgia's 7th District

Rep. Rob Woodall, Republican congressman from Georgia's 7th District

DULUTH -- U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall met with constituents at Duluth High School on Saturday morning, alternately fielding questions ripe with praise and strewn with criticism.

To hear him tell it, he wouldn't have it any other way.

"I tell people all the time my town hall meetings have the toughest questions," he said to a capacity crowd inside the school's theater, "and it's because people do the research."

The theater grew most heated during two separate discussions of Woodall's stance on immigration, individual audience members pointing out its flaws while the loudest applause of the entire lunchtime session followed the representative's retorts.

One man in the audience called Woodall's HR140, the Birthright Citizenship Act, "unconstitutional on its surface."

"Citizenship is not something to be given away casually," Woodall responded. "Citizenship is the most precious thing that we have."

A female audience member said Woodall's proposal was "punishing the wrong people" in children that were born in the United States to illegal parents. As cries from the audience heatedly told the woman to "sit down," Woodall's response drew raucous approval.

"No one from outside this country has a claim on U.S. citizenship," he said.

Woodall also addressed a number of other topics.

On the current low Congressional approval rating: "Folks are frustrated, and in a down economy like this, that's what you see. It doesn't matter what great ideas you have or how well you pontificate on C-SPAN. If you can't make a difference in the lives of people back home, what good are you?"

On eliminating the federal Department of Education and Environmental Protection Agency in order to cut spending: "If I could leave those decisions to us instead of Washington, I'd absolutely do it tomorrow."

On reports of politicians using the jobs crisis as a means of increasing fundraising: "I know you certainly haven't seen me dialing for dollars, because I haven't. The vitriol in politics has gotten way out of hand. And there is not one member of Congress that is spending less time on fundraising than I am."

Woodall will continue his series of town hall meetings in Barrow County on Monday before returning to Gwinnett on Thursday for a meeting at Snellville City Hall from 7 to 8 p.m.


johndoe12345 3 years, 11 months ago

It is clear Woodall does not understand our constitution. The 14th amendment CLEARLY states that anybody born in the US is a CITIZEN. How on earth did this man pass the Georgia Bar? Maybe somebody needs to take a look at his bar membership. This is really sick


raah 3 years, 11 months ago

It is clear that you did not hear his response. He said nothing about people born in this country.


FactChecker 3 years, 11 months ago

You are lacking facts for that is exactly the purpose of HR140. Go to house.gov and search for bill by number. The bill is short and concise with its intent to deny citizenship to some persons born in the USA which is in direct conflict with the Constitution. Such a change would, by the standards of even the most conservative judges, would require a constitutional amendment. This is nothing more than an effort to convince anti Hispanic to racists to blindly ignore the economic myopia of Republicans and vote for Republican candidates.


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