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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