U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., admonished one of his constituents last week for wearing a T-shirt featuring a Mexican flag during a town hall meeting where the man asked a question about immigration.
Womack answered the man’s question about the possibility of legalizing the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. by saying that it is possible but unlikely given the current state of Congress. The man, whose name is unintelligible in a YouTube video from the town hall, identified himself as a Mexican-American from Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Womack goes on to say that he finds the man’s choice of shirt interesting.
“[I]t does strike me as a bit odd that I would get a question as to why we shouldn’t just automatically make it legal for people who didn’t come here in a legal circumstance, with a flag of another country hanging around his neck,” Womack said.
“This is just some good old friendly advice,” Womack added. “If you want to win friends and influence people on the issues that you are talking about, I would suggest a little different approach in terms of my attire when I’m appealing to an audience like this.”