Tom Brokaw dubber WWII “The Greatest Generation,” but some bits of that history, like the internment of the Japanese in America, are moments most of us look back on with regret.
But one Republican candidate for state legislature in Florida thinks the idea should be readopted, this time as a way to hold illegal immigrants.
Via Salon’s War Room:
In an interview with Salon today, a Republican candidate for the Florida state Legislature stood by her controversial idea to arrest illegal immigrants and send them to “camps” where they can be held en masse.
“We can ship them out to the middle of the country and put up high walls and leave them there,” said Marg Baker, the middle-aged real estate broker vying for the Republican nomination in the state’s 48th district, north of Tampa.
Baker was filmed advocating the camps idea at a local meeting of the 9-12 Project, Glenn Beck’s activist group, earlier this month… She told Salon today that she was upset at the way some had misinterpreted her comments. “They’re trying to think I want to erect some sort of prison camps like over in Germany” — which she is not, Baker said.
Asked if what she had in mind was more like the Japanese internment camps of the World War II era, Baker said, “something like that. But unfortunately in the Japanese camps they detained American citizens. The only ones I want to detain are the ones who are illegal.”
She added, “You’ve gotta have places for them to eat and sleep and breathe fresh air. It can be a tent city … You don’t want to make them too comfortable or they’ll want to come back.”
Ah, so she doesn’t want them quartered away until they die of disease and starvation or, you know, gas chambers, like the Holocaust. Just kept away from all of the good people. And make it really uncomfortable so they aren’t too happy or cozy there.
Baker’s remarks conjure up some of the best of Republican rhetoric, combining the anti-immigrant sentiment with the idea of the Cadillac Welfare Queens of the 80′s who love living on the public dole because it’s so much easier than working.
Luckily, even most Republicans are able to recognize when a candidate has gone over the edge. According to Salon, Baker’s immigrant internment idea has been rejected by the rest of her opponents.
Oh, and to clarify, Baker is not racist. She’s more than willing to intern anyone in the country who’s here illegally, not “just the Hispanics.”
Watch out, you naughty, illegal Swedes.