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GOP Congressman Compares Immigrants to Vagrants, Animals

GOP Congressman Compares Immigrants to Vagrants, Animals

South Carolina’s Republican Congressman Jeff Duncan is under fire for remarks that many said compared immigrants to animals and vagrants earlier this week while explaining why there should be a fence along the southern border of the United States.

According to The Hill, “Duncan on Monday described the southern U.S. border as ‘kind of like having a house.’ Leaving the southern border open was like ‘taking the door off the hinges and allowing any kind of vagrant or animal or just somebody that’s hungry, or somebody that wants to do your dishes for you, to come in,’ he said.”

Duncan’s spokesperson is in the midst of damage control, claiming Duncan didn’t mean anything offensive by it, and that he was simply pointing out that anything could “come and go as they please.” “It would be both incorrect and extremely unfortunate to assign any other meaning to the Congressman’s remarks.”

Local Democrats are calling his statement “moronic,” but the state Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is trying to be more diplomatic in their response.  “Evelyn Lugo, president of the state Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said Duncan likely spoke without thinking. But she issued a plea for sitting down and trying to solve a legitimate issue of illegal immigration ‘instead of just opening our mouths and just speaking and saying things that are not taking us anywhere.’ ‘Unfortunately, we are into our next round for elections. And again, different groups are going to be attacked or used in the name of politics. And that needs to be stopped. Somebody has to step up as say, This is it.’”


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2:26PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

It is moronic to me that someone like Evelyn Lugo, Pres of th Hispanic Chamber of Commercie would say that Duncan likely spoke without thinking. How much longer in this country would we have to minimize what these bigots have to say? I am not Hispanic nor do I have any Hispanic relatives but it's time to go after these bigots with the truth. This is just an apology for him. Just like the apology that the bimbo right wing tea party Republican's "apology" after attacking a constituent in a pizza place they HE DIDN'T OWN saying he had not eaten enough and no doubt that caused him to scream to the constituent that he would tell him to leave. I thought I heard ever super-ignorant apology from the right wing already, but apparently not.

7:47PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

I live in Texas, a border state. I value Mexico as a neighbor, and Mexicans as my neighbors. I do not want a WALL between me and my neighbor -- it's unfriendly, and it won't stop people from illegally entering my country. Interactions I have with Hispanics, whether legal or illegal persons, have always reenforced my observations that they are hard-working people. The only ones the police should be hunting down, are the drug smugglers. I am highly offended by the congressman's statements. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE BEING ELECTED TO CONGRESS?!

1:59PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

come on people! get it together and put all these idiot politicians on a reserve somewhere in the badlands!

if they can't make sense when they're talking to the media, what are they really like?

4:15AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Dunk Duncan, a moronic racist, bigot tbagger-republikkklan. VOTE DEMOCRAT and save America.

10:37PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

Where is a muzzle when you need one?

6:15PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

America IS immigrants. (Actually most countries are, in spite of morons who talk about the likes of "ethnic British".) In the demonisation of immigrants what is often overlooked is that these people are mostly of benefit to the nation that receives them. This is a group of people who have the get up and go to leave everything they've ever known behind and try to make a better life for themselves. Here in the UK there are endless council estates full of benefit scroungers who feel superior to the Asian corner shop owners who are open all hours providing a local service to the community and whose children go on to become doctors, lawyers and business people. Immigration generally creates wealth. It is to be embraced.

9:17AM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

What is interesting about my comment of native Americans, is that my native American ancestor's emigrated to the US from Canada, although by then they were no longer solely Native American but interbred with the French who immigrated to Canada.

8:54AM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

What a total flaming moron!!! Vote this clown out at the next opportunity.

6:05AM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

I sometimes wish more people could step outside their bubble and tap into a greater worldview of empathy and compassion.

Similar to how a few countries require mandatory time served in their national military, we should have a mandatory two years abroad... be curious to see what happens to American exceptionalism then...

5:31AM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

This man IS obviously a moron. It's unfortunate he used the word "immigrants". While I'm not in favor of ILLEGAL ALIENS sneaking across the border, immigrants is a word reserved for people that come here from another country LEGALLY.

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