GOP Rep Hunter: Deport Children of Illegals, They Don’t Have American ‘Souls’
April 29, 2010
(ChattahBox)—When politically charged issues like immigration reform come to the forefront, the nativists come out of the closet to stoke racial divisiveness. And the harsh Arizona “show me your papers” law has done just that. Meet U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA). He is in favor of deporting American-born children of illegal immigrant parents. The fact that those children are legal citizens, as clearly defined by the 14th Amendment to our Constitution, doesn’t phase the right-wing Hunter in the least. Why? Because he says those children don’t have the requisite American ‘souls.”
You may remember ol’ Hunter from a previous ChattahBox post, reporting on his bizarre remarks opposing the repeal of the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell policy.” Hunter, said that once you allow gays to serve openly, the military would be opened up “to transgenders, to hermaphrodites.” The “military is going to let everybody in,” declared Hunter. Now, with such thought provoking remarks like that on a serious policy issue, his beliefs on immigration reform shouldn’t come as a surprise.
During an appearance at a tea party meeting last weekend, Hunter was asked about his views on the draconian Arizona anti-immigration law that institutionalizes racial profiling. The right-wing Congressman called the controversial law “fantastic.”
And when an audience member asked if he would be in favor of deporting children of illegal immigrants, he responded he would:
“I would have to, yes,” Hunter said. “… We simply cannot afford what we’re doing right now,” he said. “… It takes more than just walking across the border to become an American citizen. It’s what’s in our souls. …”
Hmm, their souls? What does that mean? Are children of undocumented immigrants not truly human in Hunter’s warped view?
It’s interesting when tea party members screech about protecting the constitution, except when they don’t agree with parts of it, such as the 14th Amendment, which clearly states: those “born … in the United States” are “citizens of the United States.”