Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO-q5lI7618
“We’ll have a real fence, 20 feet high, with barbed wire, electrified, with a sign on the other side that says ‘it can kill you’ . . . Then I get criticized, ‘Mr. Cain that’s insensitive.’ What do you mean insensitive? What’s insensitive is when they come to the United States, across our border, and kill our citizens, and kill our border patrol people. That’s insensitive, and I’m not worried about being insensitive to tell people to stop sneaking into America.”
Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto (@DrVMDS): Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Is Anti-Latino
“Let’s call a spade a spade. Opposition to immigration is not a concern rooted in personal economic concerns. Neither is it a concern having to do with state’s rights. Anti-immigrant sentiment isn’t even about immigrants as a whole. As rigorous social scientific research shows, opposition to immigration is closely linked to the negative racial animus toward one very specific group, Latinos.
Over the course of the GOP primary season, anti-immigrant rhetoric has been a stump speech staple of the candidates. The focus of Republican candidates is to keep new immigrants out and get those here to leave. The Republican primary has become a quien es más macho contest of who has the biggest anti-immigrant badge. The top anti-immigrant badge of honor goes to Herman Cain and his advocacy for an electrified border fence…”