Are the Republicans determined to to alienate the most rapidly growing segment of the population? Recently, Republican Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed a law requiring police to question anyone "reasonably suspected" of being an illegal immigrant and demanding that legal immigrants carry papers documenting their right to be in the U.S.–surely an invitation to the racial profiling of Hispanics throughout the state.
Apparently that's not draconian enough for Iowa Republican congressional candidate Pat Bertroche (above). Speaking at a candidates' forum, he proposed implanting microchips in illegal immigrants:
“I think we should catch ’em, we should document ’em, make sure we know where they are and where they are going,” said Pat Bertroche, an Urbandale physician. “I actually support micro-chipping them. I can micro-chip my dog so I can find it. Why can’t I micro-chip an illegal?
“That’s not a popular thing to say, but it’s a lot cheaper than building a fence they can tunnel under,” Bertroche said.