GOP Rep. Duncan Compares Illegal Immigrants To 'Vagrants' And 'Animals'

November 02, 2011 10:56 am ET — Media Matters Action Network

Rep. Jeff Duncan

Yesterday, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) joined the growing list of Republican lawmakers who have compared immigrants to animals:

Duncan was answering a question about the complexity of political issues and used illegal immigration as an example.

"It's kind of like having a house — and you're 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 that's hungry, or somebody that wants to do your dishes for you, to come in. And you can't say, 'No you can't come in.' And you can't say, 'No you can't stay all night.' Or 'No you can't have this benefit, using my deodorant.' All those things," Duncan said, according to The Greenville News.

Duncan's office is downplaying the importance of the comparison, claiming that he was merely saying "that securing our borders is just like securing our homes":

"Congressman Duncan was simply saying what South Carolinians already know, that securing our borders is just like securing our homes," said Allen Klump, Duncan's 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 congressman's remarks."

Previously, congressional Republicans have likened illegal immigrants to "grasshoppers" and "livestock," and Kansas State Rep. Virgil Peck (R) suggested shooting them from helicopters like "feral hogs."