Let's microchip illegal immigrants so we can track them like lost dogs.
How about we put down land mines to get them at the border?
Better yet, let's shoot them down from helicopters like hogs.
I'm not making up such inhumane ideas. These are all suggestions made by lawmakers or people hoping to be elected to office in the United States.
The latest insensitivity came this week from Kansas State Rep. Virgil Peck.
"Looks like to me, if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem," Peck said, according to the Wichita Eagle.
The microchip comment was from Pat Bertroche, a physician running for Congress in Iowa.
Tom Mullins, a Republican candidate for Congress in New Mexico, had the land mine idea.
Immigrants are being dehumanized and vilified and this is not funny at all. It's hate speech.
"Unfortunately, this is not the first time a legislator has compared undocumented immigrants to animals or much worse," Murgia wrote in a column on the Huffington Post.
Peck wouldn't apologize at first.
"I was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person," he told the Lawrence Journal World.
That's pretty frightening that he would indict the people of his state as racists. I don't believe most of them are.
Bu perhaps pressure from Gov. Brownback and other Republicans finally led Peck to a feeble apology.
"My statements were regrettable. Please accept my apology," Peck said in a one-page statement issued on the House floor in Kansas.
He finally apologized on CNN Thursday and some Democrats are calling for his resignation.
But the damage has been done.
These types of attacks against immigrants, and against Latinos in the United States, are growing.
Lawmakers in nearly every state this country have proposed some type of legislation related to immigration, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The problem is many of of these politicians overlook the contributions immigrants make to the economy. Yes they use services but they also pay sales and property taxes and into the Social Security system.
Edward Schumacher-Matos at Harvard University said political decisions "aren't made for economic reasons."
'It's really driven a lot by cultural fears," said Schumacher-Matos, who recently spoke at a conference I attended called Immigration in the Heartland.
Is this debate over immigration really about the economy and jobs?
Peck's comments indicate there is something much more sinister happening around the country.