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Right-Wing Radio Host Suggests Slavery as Solution to Undocumented Immigration

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 3.38.31 PMThis week, Iowa-based conservative radio host Jan Mickelson suggested the best way to remove undocumented immigrants from the United States would be to threaten them with “compelled labor,” or, something commonly known as slavery.

“Who is Mickelson?” you ask. The incendiary WHO Radio host is a close ally of Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and boasts of playing a role in the Republican presidential primary race by having interviewed every current candidate except for Jeb Bush.

During his Monday morning radio show, Mickelson recalled a conversation he had with an “open borders activist” (read: someone opposed to mass deportation), and said that instead of rounding up every undocumented worker in Iowa, he’d simply put up signs warning of impending slavery (emphasis added):

I would put them on the end of the highway, on western part of the interstate system, and I’d put them on the eastern side of the state, right there on the interstate system, and in the north on the Minnesota border, and on the south Kansas and Missouri border and I would just say this: “As of this date… 30 to 60 days from now anyone who is in the state of Iowa that who is not here legally and who cannot demonstrate their legal status to the satisfaction of the local and state authorities here in the State of Iowa, become property of the State of Iowa.” So if you are here without our permission, and we have given you two months to leave, and you’re still here, and we find that you’re still here after we we’ve given you the deadline to leave, then you become property of the State of Iowa. And we have a job for you. And we start using compelled labor, the people who are here illegally would therefore be owned by the state and become an asset of the state rather than a liability and we start inventing jobs for them to do.

[…] We’re going to invite the illegal Mexicans and illegal aliens to build [a border wall]. If you have come across the border illegally, again give them another 60-day guideline: “You need to go home and leave this jurisdiction, and if you don’t you become property of the United States, and guess what? You will be building a wall. We will compel your labor. You would belong to these United States. You show up without an invitation, you get to be an asset. You get to be a construction worker. Cool!”

Later on, a caller confronted Mickelson, saying, “[Y]our idea is clever on the face but it sounds an awful lot like slavery.” And then the following exchange ensued [transcript via Media Matters, emphasis added]:

MICKELSON: No, just read the Constitution, Fred. What does the Constitution say about slavery?

CALLER: Well didn’t we fix that in about 1865?

MICKELSON: Yeah we sure did and I’m willing to live with their fix. What does the 13th Amendment say?

CALLER: Well you know I don’t have my Constitution in front of me and you know like I say, it sounds like a clever idea and maybe you can make it — put it in action, but I think the fall out would be so significant.

MICKELSON: What would be the nature of the fall out?

CALLER: Well I think everybody would believe it sounds like slavery?

MICKELSON: Well, what’s wrong with slavery?

CALLER: Well we know what’s wrong with slavery.

MICKELSON: Well apparently we don’t because when we allow millions of people to come into the country who aren’t here legally and people who are here are indentured to those people to pay their bills, their education of their kids, pay for their food, their food stamps, their medical bills, in some cases even subsidize their housing, and somehow the people who own the country, who pay the bills, pay the taxes, they get indentured to the new people who are not even supposed to be here. Isn’t that a lot like slavery?

Good times. Listen below:

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