March 14, 2011 5:20 pm ET - by Media Matters Action Network
The Lawrence Journal World reports:
A legislator said Monday it might be a good idea to control illegal immigration the way the feral hog population has been controlled -- with hunters shooting from helicopters.
State Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, said he was just joking, but that his comment did reflect frustration with the problem of illegal immigration.
Peck made his comment came during a discussion by the House Appropriations Committee on state spending for controlling feral swine.
After one of the committee members talked about a program that uses hunters in helicopters to shoot wild swine, Peck suggested that may be a way to control illegal immigration.
Kansas politics blog Dome On The Range has the quote and the audio:
It looks like to me if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works maybe we have found a [solution] to our illegal immigration problem.
Peck declined to apologize for his comment, telling the Journal World, "I was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person."
UPDATE: Despite his lack of remorse yesterday, Peck issued a formal apology this afternoon. "My statements yesterday were regrettable. Please accept my apology," he said in a written statement. As the Lawrence Journal World notes, "Peck's apology was released less than one hour after Gov. Sam Brownback, also a Republican, said Peck should apologize."
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