Republican Candidate Advises “Immigrant Camps”

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.

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Random Guy
Random Guy7 years ago

Why not detain all the japs now? They deserve to all die for killing all the whales

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin7 years ago

Put those parasites on ships, trains and planes and ship them home.
And after all that's done you can all relax and sit back and be proud of your "Land of the Free". And see the country falling to pieces when you don't have any third class workers that will do the job you're not going to touch with a ten foot pole. BTW, why did you stop exterminating the natives of the Americas? If you had killed them all, there wouldn't be anyone questioning your right to call yourselves citizens!

(If anyone reading this believes I am serious and attacks me for it, I suggest you read my homepage here on care2!)

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin7 years ago

After killing most natives, you sent them to reservations where there where little or no food at all, so many starved to death. Problem solved.
1941 and some years after that you incarcerated millions of Japanese people. Some American citizens, some Japanese citizens.
A majority of people fleeing their country due to natural disasters, opression, wars, poverty, global warming, etc are still inside their own countries. Some make it out and a majority of them stay in neighboring countries. A small fraction ends up in a country further away from home and just a few of them end up in USA. There are more than 50 million refugees in the world. Probably more than 100 millions, and the numbers are increasing. The absolute majority of refugees want to return to their homelands but that's not always possible due to hazardous political situations or natural disasters. And the absolute majority of those that end up in another country want to make the most of their stay, be it they plan to stay or return. Learn the native language. Get education for themselves and their children. Get a job, pay taxes and participate in the community.
But by all means, go ahead, set up camps, round up everyone remotely suggesting to be an "illegal" alien. Make the camps hostile so they don't come back. Have all the police forces (and you have plenty of those) raid schools, playgrounds, houses and get them all. Punish anyone trying to help and hide "illegals". Continued...

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin7 years ago

Daniel Aucoin: Right on the spot!

Robert O.
Robert O7 years ago

When he says immigrant camps he really means concentration camps or internment camps. Did we learn nothing from the horrors of World War 2?
It’s not right to treat people that way regardless of legal status. Sadly there is so much hostility aimed at all Hispanics regardless of country of origin and legal status, I’m not surprised by any of this.

ed S.
ed Strong7 years ago

please keep in mind folks ; the mexican president said he will take back the lands lost during the spanish / american war !! need i say more ?? but the country going toes up financially is just do to greed mans weakness in any culture . why do you think wars are fought ? men crave power and money ; riches ect . its been that way even befor jesus walked this earth in the flesh . it will only end when the new world order spoken of in our holy scriptures comes to pass . praise be given to our heavenly father , glory be to him !!

Past Member
Past Member 7 years ago

This will not starve, freeze or die of disease.
They will not be there, that long.
You try to house and feed them, that's back to square A.

Check identification, release the few who did not have their wallet when picked up.
FBI gets criminals. NSA gets terrorists and INS gets those merely here loitering.

Glenn Blackwell

Chandra Martinson

...And has anyone missed the point that a HUMAN LIFE should not be exchanged for POLITICAL LINES IN THE SAND...?

Daniel Aucoin
Daniel Aucoin7 years ago

...cont... the illegals, but the fundamental issues ; the corrupt cooperations, the banks, inssurance companies, and the handfull of (anonomous) multibillionnairs that are essentially more powerfull than the president, and who are contolling and manipulating everything in such a fashion that people are pointing at small issues (illegal aliens) and are oblivious to the real crippling issues, that are imbeded so deep with your constitution and infrastructure, no one knows whats happening. What we do know is the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer.

Daniel Aucoin
Daniel Aucoin7 years ago

Well for starters, you should revise your constitution, its only what, 223 years old!! Why do you think humanitarians are saving the rest of the world? Sort of obvious, because even at your so called low, or recession, you still remain the richest nation. Of course you will have poor citizens on the streets, that doesnt justify why you should refuse illegal aliens. Even if you give a million dollars to each poor person on the street, most of them will stay on the street or end up on the street anyway, why, to many its a choice, its all they know and all they want to know, hence survival of the fittest. "TRAITOR" is a harsh word. You obviously dont really know what is really going on. Humans that care for humans are by far, no traitors. illegals aliens are by far a small problem, but people don’t know who to blame, for the recession, for the fact we all have to work harder to make less. It is not the illegal’s that are the problem; it is your own Government. Cooperation’s, banks and Government are crippling the US infrastructure, they are milking you dry. It stems down to who is issuing and creating legal tender, most believe its the Fed, but actually the government doesn’t have anything to do with creating and issuing legal tender, it just a front!! Its actually some multibillionaires that are controlling everything, from corporations to to recessions, to wars, everything is controlled and manipulated for their gain. So please concentrate your pain not on