Virgil Peck apologizes for saying immigrants should be shot like hogs

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.

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Virgil Peck

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.

Virgil's latest comments drew outcry from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and the head of the Latino civil rights organization, the National Council of La Raza, Janet Murgia.

"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.

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  • I do not approve of any comments as such, but I've heard and seen worse from the illegals that have had public platforms. I've also heard worse about your typical American made by those of other nationalities.

    It seems the bias of others is as bad, or worse, than anything said in passing and possibly as a joke.

    The biggest joke is that there are so many illegals in this country that have no respect for the laws of the U.S. I don't mind immigration but I am terribly offended by those that feel they don't have to immigrate legally as so many others have historically. I know of a few people at this very moment that have been working on entering this country legally and becomming citizens that are stiffled yet representatives in Washington, virtually all democrats are on this binge, are willing to allow anyone from the Southern Border free access - including drug runners, terrorists and those that are being brought across in bondage to be sex slaves or indentured servants.

    It's time for the hispanic population to be lawful in this country. Those of us that are citizens seem to have to follow the laws of the land, what's up with you guys?

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    I feel that anyone condones such talk should not be in office,what if I was joking and said let's shot his family,or hunt then down like wild pigs,would that be funny?from what I understand this guy is part of that tea party movement vert hateful group that are trying to damage the USA .and that last comment that was made about following the laws of the land should practice what you preach,because if you are standing up for what this nut said,and you think it's funny then that makes you just as bad as that ass hole that made tge comment

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    In reply to Perry Carnes:

    Sorry about how that comment came out,pushing these little button on my iPhone I hit the wrong button

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