Rep. Al Green Says 'White Babies' Would Not Be Treated the Same as 'Babies of Color' at the Border

Representative Al Green used his time Wednesday during a hearing with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to provide a brief history of U.S. immigration as he accused President Donald Trump of being in the camp that believed the country had already reached its "color quota."

Green, a Democrat from Texas, went on to say that white babies wouldn't be treated the same as nonwhite babies at the border. Green said he'd visited the border, and that he blamed the way border agents treated migrant children on DHS policy.

"They're required to enforce a corrupt policy," Green told Nielsen. "A policy that separates babies from their mothers, places them in cages. I was at the border, I saw those babies locked up on top of each other. We would not treat animals…the Humane Society wouldn't allow it the way those babies were treated."

Green also said the "people who are forced to do what they are doing to these babies are victims, too."

Green then went into the heart of his message on color.

"Madame Secretary, here is the problem. We have surpassed our color quota," Green said. "There are those who believe that we already have too many people of color in this country."

Green paused, and than said, "and these," and Green began to tap his finger before saying, "one of whom happens to be the president of the United States of America."

Green said "white babies" would be treated differently than "babies of color."

"White babies would not be treated the way these babies of color are being treated, Madame Secretary," Green said. "This is about color. We've opened our doors. Your tired, your poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Except now we have our quota of people of color."

Earlier during his five-minute message, Green said notorious gangster Al Capone was the son of immigrants, and that he didn't want more Al Capones in the country any more than he wanted members of the El Salvadoran-based gang known as MS-13.

Green asked Nielsen if she knew who "Scarface" was.

"I'm sorry?" Nielsen responded.

"I'll tell you," Green said. "Al Capone. The son of Italian immigrants. Not all of those people who came through Ellis Island were immigrants."

Green said "Scarface" was a "bootlegger, dealt in prostitution, gambling, one of the greatest criminals this country's ever suffered.

"I don't ever want a "Scarface" in our country," Green said. "I don't want MS-13 in our country. But I also don't want to see a wall as a solution to a humanitarian crisis."