Iowa Radio Host Says Immigrants Should Become U.S. Property
Jan Mikelson wants immigrants to become slaves.
Mickelson said he took inspiration from Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for the idea, which would involve putting immigrants into “tent cities” if they did not follow a deadline to leave the state.
“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,” he argued. “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.”
Mickelson insisted his idea was justified even after a caller said it “sounds an awful lot like slavery.”
“Well, what’s wrong with slavery?” he asked the caller.
“Well we know what’s wrong with slavery,” the caller replied.