The crazies ARE right out ther folks…..
In an appearance on a conservative radio show, Arizona Senate candidate Jim Lamon proposed an unorthodox plan to deal with the immigrants who cross the US – Mexico border: Instead of deporting undocumented immigrants to Mexico or their home countries, or imprisoning them in the US, he wants to send them “out to the Pacific Ocean.”
“You know, those islands that we spent blood and treasure securing back in World War II, a few of those out there,” Lamon told radio host Seth Leibsohn, of KKNT in Phoenix. “I think they need to go out and do about five years of hard time busting rocks out there, making them into gravel for their food. You know, just get them out of this country if they’re so bad they’ve illegally crossed and committed crimes.”
This, says Lamon, a wealthy solar energy executive, would stop undocumented immigrants from “coming right back again.”
Increasingly More Extreme
Lamon’s comment reflects the increasingly shrill rhetoric from Republicans on immigration issues, says Yvonne Gutierrez, the Managing Director of the Latino Victory Fund, a political action committee that backs progressive Latino candidates running for office.
“In a desperate attempt to become the Republican nominee, Jim Lamon has eagerly embraced racism and xenophobia,” said Gutierrez via email to the Copper Courier. “We continue to be deeply appalled and dismayed by Republicans’ escalating extreme rhetoric and vitriolic attacks on immigrants. Let’s be clear: The last thing we need in the 2022 midterm elections is a politician like Jim Lamon who would use his campaign to stoke fears about immigrants by bowing to anti-Latino and anti-immigrant rhetoric from the extreme right.” ….