U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, a Laurens Republican, is raising some eyebrows after likening illegal immigrants to animals and vagrants during a talk Monday to Furman University students.
During a student event at the Greenville university, Duncan was answering a question about the complexity of political issues and used illegal immigration as an example.
Its kind of like having a house and youre not homeowners, a lot of folks in this room, but your moms and dads are taking the door off the hinges and allowing any kind of vagrant, or animal, or just somebody thats hungry, or somebody that wants to do your dishes for you, to come in. And you cant say, No you cant come in. And you cant say, No you cant stay all night. Or No you cant have this benefit, using my deodorant. All those things, Duncan said, according to The Greenville News.
Were giving those benefits away, which we earn as citizens of this nation, of being legalized citizens.
Victoria Middleton, executive director of the ACLU of South Carolina, said Duncans comments were unfortunate.
Like everyone else in this country, immigrants are entitled to be treated humanely, with fairness and under the laws of our Constitution, Middleton said. The analogy that Congressman Duncan makes is both unfortunate and inappropriate.
Duncans office defended the statement Tuesday, saying Duncan was not making a comparison.
Congressman Duncan was simply saying what South Carolinians already know, that securing our borders is just like securing our homes, said Allen Klump, Duncans spokesman. A border with no fence is like a house with no doors, where anyone or anything can come and go as they please.
Klump added: It would be both incorrect and extremely unfortunate to assign any other meaning to the congressmans remarks.
Illegal immigration is a hot topic in both Washington, D.C., and South Carolina, where lawmakers passed a new law last year that requires law enforcement to check the immigration status of those they come in contact with, including drivers stopped for traffic violations.
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