“Here in Washington, the immigration debate is in stalemate. But in Kansas, there has been a breakthrough,” wrote Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, one of many national voices to weigh in on the ugly joke by state Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, suggesting Kansas use helicopters to shoot not only feral hogs but also illegal immigrants. “There are a few logistical problems with Peck’s idea, including the fact that Kansas isn’t a border state. But maybe Oklahoma and Texas will grant overflight rights for immigrant-hunting sorties,” Milbank wrote. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-Texas, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, was unamused, telling the Dallas Morning News: “Speaking of human beings like animals and implying gun violence as an acceptable course of action crosses a line that his own party and his own peers should not tolerate.”
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