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Cain Proposes Electric Fence To Kill Illegal Immigrants

Cain Proposes Electric Fence To Kill Illegal Immigrants

Dear Republican Presidential candidates. Herman Cain will see your border fence and raise you one.

On a campaign tour through Tennessee, Cain elaborated on what will be a central portion of his immigration policy: a big electric fence. Cain’s fence, he announced on Saturday, would be electrified and run the entire course of the US-Mexican border with voltage high enough to kill anyone trying to enter illegally.

Cain’s ideal fence would be 20 feet high with barbed wire on the top with a sign saying “It will kill you–Warning.” In a campaign stop in Tennessee, Cain clarified that the sign would be written in both English and Spanish.

In case the big electric fence wasn’t enough, Cain would add some extra (unspecified) “technology” to cut down on illegal immigration. He also suggested adding American troops armed with live ammunition to patrol the border, indicating maybe that “technology” he’s referring to is something akin to drone crafts armed with bombs.

Brent Wilkes, Vice Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda said Cain’s remarks reflect the increasingly vitriolic rhetoric coming from the right on immigration, noting that most border crossings amount to a misdemeanor. That means Cain is suggesting death for a misdemeanor offense.

It’s hard to imagine the Republican field upping the ante on the immigration rhetoric beyond these latest statements. But give them time and I’m sure they will.

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9:50AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

How exactly is an electrified fence "murder"?

If you stick your hand into a running garbage disposal motor and lose your hand as a result, whose fault is it?
Blame the garbage disposal?
No. You chose to stick your hand in there. You shouldn't have done that.

If you want to cross a 6 lane interstate and step out into traffic and are struck, whose fault is it?
Blame the traffic?
No. You chose to step out into the traffic of an interstate. You shouldn't have done that.

If you ride a bicycle through a stop sign and into an intersection and are hit by a bus, whose fault is it?
Blame the bus driver?
No. You chose to ignore the "stop" sign and rode into traffic. You shouldn't have done that.

If an aspiring illegal immigrant knowingly attempts to scale an electrified fence and gets fried, he's gotten what he deserves. He shouldn't have done that.

Anyone who disagrees is either:
A: Presuming people from south of our border lack any iota of common sense. (bigoted)
B. Believing that no substantial measure be taken to protect our national borders. (ignorant)

12:41PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

There is another way to look at fences: they also keep US in. Just because a politician says he wants to keep some people out doesn't mean that is the whole story.

12:38PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Get real, dude! Coming in this country illegally is a misdemeanor. I guess we should execute people for jaywalking and parking illegally. Hmmm, I wonder if ol' Herman has ever let his parking meter expire...

10:59AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Fire the bug zapper up u got my vote

2:06AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Anyone watch Machete? Life imitating art.

12:09PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

~Another example of Cain putting his foot in his mouth!!~

7:39AM PST on Nov 10, 2011

I am not supporting illegal immigrants. I believe that anyone wanting to live in the USA should do so legally by going through the necessary procedures. However, an electrified fence to MURDER anyone trying to cross the border - this is unheard of. Cain is one sick person to think this would help. Why not put an electrified fence around the entire USA and keep everyone from entering?

8:08PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

what a dork!

11:02PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

When a person needs to enter or leave the U.S.A. across the border -- due to an emergency -- having a fence in the way will not help if a person is on foot and far from a road. Now maybe this is something out of a movie -- that the earth gets to hot and then too cold, and we all have to walk, take horses, and get down into Mexico because suddenly the earth get to hot and then later too cold.

PLEASE NO FENCE. It is not useful and is destructive to the earth. Please read the science. There are other solutions to border issues.

10:57PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

A fence will not solve the real problems, and it will make them worse -- destruction of the earth, ecosystems. hmm -- however -- what will solve the problem.

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