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Kansas Rep: Shoot Immigrants Like Feral Pigs

Kansas Rep: Shoot Immigrants Like Feral Pigs

The Republicans have not offered much in the way of humane solutions to the problem of illegal immigration, choosing instead to vilify immigrants and treat them like animals rather than humans. The latest case of this comes from Kansas where one legislator suggested it would be a good idea to control illegal immigration the way the feral hog population has been controlled—with hunters shooting immigrants from helicopters.

State Rep. Virgil Peck (R-Tyro) later backed off those statements, insisting they were a joke.

But if he was really just joking Rep. Peck has yet to explain why at first he was defiant when told the comments were inappropriate. Peck’s response was that he “was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person.”

The comments weren’t as off-the-cuff as Peck would like us to believe. They were made during discussions by the House Appropriations Committee. Even worse, the Committee was not discussing spending on immigration. Rather, the Committee was discussing spending on programs to control feral swine.

So for Rep. Peck feral swine and immigrants go hand in hand.

Take Action: Despite the apology Rep. Peck needs to understand that this kind of rhetoric is not acceptable. Sign our petition and let him know that we demand our elected officials recognize the humanity of all persons, regardless of politics.

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9:29AM PDT on May 19, 2012

Take a stand like Arizona has and Georgia. There is a difference for immigrants who at least apply for citizenship. Same as the original founders had. But illegals, not having citizenship, don't pay their share of taxes, some receive benefits, do you
honestly think an American staying in Mexico, would get the same there? Look at the economy in both the other states, they are thriving due to laws on illegals and what they put in place.

7:21AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

“O people! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. The noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the best in conduct…” (49:13)

We should learn to cherish our similarities and celebrate our differences with maturity befitting adults. We must treat people as individuals; even identical twins can be vastly different therefore generalisations are entirely unhelpful.

The distribution of wealth is largely as it is today because of western armies who sought to invade, steal and conquer. Large and trained, well equipped armies dominated small unprepared communities but not because of taxonomical advantages or military superiority; it was the diseases western ‘civilisation’ brought with it that overcame their victims. These diseases were a result of western intimate contact with domestic and farm animals and over the years a resistance had built up. There are hardly any indigenous tameable animals in the world other than in the west, hence the susceptibility of the Inca and Mayan people to their diseases. The epidemics that followed the conquests allowed westerners to dominate and organise the theft of natural resources and gold.

There is no reason for pride or superiority over anyone else. If anything, we should be ashamed of our ancestors for their inhuman behaviour and sorry for the suffering that was caused then and the inequalities that we see now.

5:05AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

Why should we stand up for their rights when they have jobs that WE need. Of course we shouldn't shoot them. But not a day goes by in a border town where there isn't a story of rape, or shooting, or kidnapping, or gaNG FIGHTS. I'm not trying to pin them down as bad, but it is MEXICANS who are the illegal immigrants. Not British. Not Korean. Mexican. Sure they can be good people, so long as they are legal immigrants. If you go to any public school, you see MEXICAN kids with their pants hanging low, failing class, and fighting in the halls. Because their parents were illegal immigrants who came over the border to feed their 8 children.

6:20PM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

who knows maybe that will show people how bad airial wolf killing is (if the shoe fits)

6:58AM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

White Europeans stole this land, savaging the original inhabitants, and developed it with imported slaves. History has taught these folks nothing. IGNORANCE is in the genes.

6:57AM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

White Europeans stole this land, savaging the original inhabitants, and developing it with imported slaves. History has taught these folks nothing. Ignornce is in the genes.

2:25PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

The republicans and tea party are doomed, and they know it. Although they may make short term political gains in the future. Eventually, the growing voting power of Hispanic's will eventually bring the conservative right-wingers to their political knees! After all the hate that Hispanic's are receiving from the conservative right-wing, Hispanic's will be in no mood to tolerate their sensless hate and bigotry, ever again!

Hispanic population expected to exceed 50 million
By Mariano Castillo and David Ariosto, CNN
March 24, 2011 4:08 p.m. EDT

"Hispanics are the growth engine for most of the country, according to William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and five other states have doubled their Hispanic populations, he said. He estimates the Census will reveal a Hispanic population of 50.3 million."-www.cnn.com

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/03/24/census.hispanics/

3:27PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS:

REPUBLICANS LIKE VIRGIL PECK ARE NOT JOKING.

THEY WOULD AUTHORIZE SHOOTING ANYONE THEY THOUGHT TO BE HERE ILLEGALLY IN A MINUTE IF THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH IT. PECK WAS DEFIANT BECAUSE HE BELIEVED WHAT HE SAID. HE ONLY RECANTED BECAUSE HE WAS TOLD IT WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO SAY THINGS LIKE THAT TO THE PUBLIC.

WHY ARE WE ELECTING PEOPLE LIKE THIS AND PUTTING THEM IN POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY?

3:17PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

GOPbaggers are illegal.. load em up

12:28AM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

We have illegal immigrants in Australia too, and some people make hateful remarks about them.
But we don't have politicians who say these things in public! I am continually astounded with what some of your reps spout. What has happened to the 'land of the free'?

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