GOP Rep. Poe: Capturing ‘Illegal Grasshoppers’ Same as Illegal Immigrants
April 30, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Do right-wing Republicans try to appear foolish on purpose? As with any important national issue, the contribution from conservative Republicans is often insane, if not downright offensive. Think death panels, Obama’s re-education camps and Mark of the Beast microchips. Now, with a new debate on illegal immigration, in the wake of Arizona’s draconian “Show me your papers” law, right-wing Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) is jumping right in with his helpful advice. What is it? The helpful Poe declared on the House floor yesterday, that Homeland Security can take a lesson from Texans who capture “illegal grasshoppers from Brazil,” hidden in ships coming into port. Illegal grasshoppers, illegal immigrants from Mexico—-Same difference.
Poe was so taken with his illegal grasshoppers analogy that he even came equipped to the House floor with a poster-sized image of a bright green grasshopper. In Poe’s mind, the complex problem of immigration reform is just a simple matter of hiring enough illegal immigrant wranglers, to capture all of those wily Mexican jumping beans. And stamp em out, just like bugs. Perhaps Poe doesn’t realize that the U.S.-Mexican border covers 1,951 miles. And that undocumented immigrants are human beings:
POE: “Now it seems to me that if we are so advanced with technology and manpower and competence that we can capture illegal grasshoppers from Brazil, in the holds of ships that are in a little small place in Port Arthur, Texas on the Sabine River. Sabine River, madam speaker, is the river that separates Texas from Louisiana. If we’re able to do that as a country, how come we can’t capture the thousands of people that cross the border everyday on the southern border of the United States? You know they’re a little bigger than grasshoppers and they should be able to be captured easier.”
To add to his offensive clownishness, like a cherry on top of a sundae, Poe also suggested that the famed Texan wrangler of illegal Brazilian grasshoppers, should offer his expertise to Homeland security to help with the capturing illegal immigrants:
POE: “And maybe we need to make the guy down there in southeast Texas that captured this grasshopper from Brazil, he oughta be in charge of Homeland Security. If he’s able to do this with grasshoppers just think what he can do on the southern border of the United States.”
As pointed out by Media Matters, Poe isn’t the first Republican to jump into the illegal immigration debate with outrageous rhetoric. A Republican candidate for Congress from Iowa, suggested the government should “microchip an illegal,” the same way we do with dogs.