Jan Mickelson hosts one of Iowa's top talk-radio shows and has entertained many of the GOP's nomination hopefuls who want his endorsement for the all-important Iowa primary.
Mickelson proposes that any undocumented migrant who fails to leave the country within two months of being ordered to do so should be enslaved and put into work-camps where they would be forced into hard labor, including building a wall along the US/Mexican border. You would be "property," an "asset rather than a liability."
He insists that he's not kidding.
“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,” Mickelson modestly proposed. “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.”
One of the potential gigs? For those caught farther down south, they’ll be building that long wall along the Mexican border that right-wingers love to talk about constructing one of these days.
“We’re going to invite the illegal Mexicans and illegal aliens to build it,” he continued. “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!”
Iowa GOP Kingmaker Has a Slavery Proposal for Immigration [Asawin Suebsaeng/Daily Beast]