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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