Pat Bertroche, a physician and GOP candidate for Iowa’s Third District primary, has called for a program in which illegal aliens are forced to be micro-chipped to keep track of them. He asked an audience recently, “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?”
Bertoche added “That’s not a popular thing to say, but it’s a lot cheaper than building a fence they can tunnel under.” There are of course many things cheaper than building a fence, but that is hardly a justification for any means that you choose.
After a national outcry, Bertoche insisted that his comments were taken out of context and were not serious, here. He stated “I don’t support microchipping anybody and it also didn’t occur to me I was comparing dogs to illegal immigrants.” Hmmm, here is the original line: “I can micro-chip my dog so I can find it. Why can’t I micro-chip an illegal?”
Bertoche appears to prefer to be thought of as an anti-Communist. He states on this campaign site that “Pres. Obama promised us change. Changing to Communism isn’t what I had in mind.”
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