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The argument over Arizona's harsh new immigration law has already sparked outrage from activists on both sides of the issue, and Monday's comments from an Iowa Republican congressional candidate will only add fuel to the fire.
During a Republican forum in Tama County, 3rd District candidate Pat Bertroche said police should catch illegal immigrants and document their whereabouts with microchips, the Des Moines Register reported.
“I think we should catch ’em, we should document ’em, make sure we know where they are and where they are going. I actually support microchipping them," Bertroche said. "I can microchip my dog so I can find it. Why can’t I microchip an illegal? That’s not a popular thing to say, but it’s a lot cheaper than building a fence they can tunnel under.”
Instead, Bertroche, a physician, said he was trying to "illustrate a social commentary on how radical" the immigration issue has become. Bertroche is one of seven candidates seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Leonard Boswell.
He compared microchipping illegal immigrants to what he said are other radical ideas. "Of all the major ideas that are out there, there are those that are extremely radical," he said. "Building a fence is radical and it won't work. Shooting them at the border is radical."
Originally posted by Fractured.Facade
I can't believe with all that is going on around the world, and especially with jobs and the economy everyone is being driven to focus on the immigration issue.
Bertroche said he would instead support issuing of "blue cards" to illegal immigrants that would contain the same microchip technology found in U.S. passports. These cards would allow bearers to remain in the country but would prevent them from being granted citizenship or receiving government services. According to his campaign website, the cards could be easily scanned and would document a person's date of birth, nationality and fingerprints. Bertroche said issuing such cards would be cheaper than building a border fence.
Originally posted by Kaytagg
Bring on the microchips, just as the REPUBLICAN suggests!