A video of Rep. Scott DesJarlais answering a question at a town hall to cheers last week has begun receiving national attention.
The video, posted on YouTube Friday, shows the congressman taking questions at an event in Murfreesboro. An 11-year-old girl takes the microphone and asks DesJarlais what could be done to ensure her father, who is an undocumented immigrant, is able to stay.
"I have a dad who is undocumented," says the girl, who identifies herself as Joanna. "What can I do so he can stay with me?"
DesJarlais, who was a critic of the recent immigration bill approved by the U.S. Senate, answered the girl by suggesting she look to the law.
"Joanna, thank you for being here, and thank you for coming forward and speaking to us," DesJarlais said. "This is a big and intimidating crowd, and I appreciate you coming forward and asking your question. But the answer still kind of remains the same, that we have laws and we need to follow those laws, and that's where we're at."
According to the video's description, the girl's father has been placed in deportation proceedings.
A Tennessean report confirmed the fact.
Since being posted, the video has received 46,700 views.
Initial attempts by Nooga.com to reach DesJarlais' office for comment were unsuccessful.
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