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Shoot Undocumented, Kansas Lawmaker Says

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TEHRAN, March 16 (ICANA) – A Republican Kansas legislator has set off an uproar by suggesting that undocumented immigrants should be treated like wild hogs and shot by sharpshooters from helicopters.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:40:06 AM
Shoot Undocumented, Kansas Lawmaker Says

"It looks like to me if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found (a solution) to our illegal immigration problem,” The Daily Mail quoted Kansas state legislator Virgil Peck as saying on Tuesday.

He made the explosive statement on Monday as state legislators debated whether helicopter sharpshooters should be used to address a problem with wild pigs in Kansas.

With the Hispanic population of the state livid over the comments, US Senator Sam Brownback from Kansas denounced the remarks as "completely inappropriate.”

Under intense pressure, Peck said he was only joking and that he "was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person."

The remarks come as lawmakers are mulling over bills, according to which the Kansas police may be granted similar powers to the police force in Arizona, where anybody can be stopped and searched if he/she looks like an undocumented immigrant.

According to the latest figures compiled by the US Census Bureau, the Hispanic population of Kansas significantly increased over the past decade.

The statistics show that the number of Hispanics in the state has surged by 59 percent since 2000. Now more than one in every 10 residents of the state is of Hispanic origin.

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