Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump isn’t the only one making bombastic claims and statements about undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
Jan Mickelson, the conservative Iowa talk show host and political kingmaker, announced on the Aug. 17 edition of his show that he had a plan to force undocumented immigrants who don’t leave the country after an allotted time to become “property of the state,” according to Media Matters:
I said, “Well I would put them on the end of the highway, on western part of the interstate system, and I’d put them on the eastern side of the state, right there on the interstate system, and in the north on the Minnesota border, and on the south Kansas and Missouri border and I would just say this: ‘As of this date’ — whenever we decide to do this — ‘as of this date, 30–‘ this is a totally arbitrary number, ’30 to 60 days from now anyone who is in the state of Iowa that who is not here legally and who cannot demonstrate their legal status to the satisfaction of the local and state authorities here in the State of Iowa, become property of the State of Iowa.’ So if you are here without our permission, and we have given you two months to leave, and you’re still here, and we find that you’re still here after we we’ve given you the deadline to leave, then you become property of the State of Iowa. And we have a job for you. And we start using compelled labor, the people who are here illegally would therefore be owned by the state and become an asset of the state rather than a liability and we start inventing jobs for them to do.
He then asks, “What’s wrong with slavery?” when a caller criticized his plan. The site reports:
Mickelson has a history of making racially-charged, anti-immigrant remarks but he also has a strong pull with conservative caucus voters in Iowa. His influence is so big that he recently hosted several 2016 GOP candidates on his show, including Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, and Ben Carson during their visits to the Iowa State Fair. After Mickelson defended his immigrant-slave plan, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) appeared on his show. Not surprisingly, Mickelson’s immigration plan didn’t come up.
Conservatives should focus on responsibly addressing the immigration problem, instead of punishing people. Or better yet, acknowledge their own sordid history and immigrant beginnings in this country.
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