Iowa-based conservative radio host Jan Mickelson is under fire for comments he made earlier this week during his show, Mickelson in the Morning, regarding undocumented immigrants.
"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 said.
Mickelson goes on to say that instead of deporting the immigrants, they should be forced into labor.
"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," he added.
According to Mickelson, once the immigrants become state property they should be kept in encampments.
"Put up a tent village, we feed and water these new assets, we give them minimal shelter, minimal nutrition, and offer them the opportunity to work for the benefit of the taxpayers of the state of Iowa," Mickelson said. "All they have to do to avoid servitude is to leave."
When a listener suggested that Mickelson’s idea sounded like slavery, he asked “What’s wrong with slavery?”
Mickelson suggested that U.S. citizens are already slaves to undocumented immigrants. “Americans are indentured to those people to pay their bills ... maybe it's time to reverse the process. Isn't this a perfectly good time to do that?" he said.
Immigration law reform has been a major topic in government for many years, but it has become increasingly pressing as we approach a new election year.
Donald Trump and other republicans have made statements similar to Mickelson implying that U.S. citizens are being taken advantage of by immigrants, but not even Trump has gone so far as to cite new age slavery as a solution.