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Uncle Ben Carlson Stands Stands Behind His “Slaves Were Immigrants” Remarks

 

The Hill reports:

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson doubled-down Monday on his description of slaves as immigrants, arguing that the label fits anyone who comes into a country from the outside – even “involuntary immigrants.”

“I think people need to actually look up the word immigrant,” Carson said. “Whether you’re voluntary or involuntary, if you come from the outside to the inside, you’re an immigrant. Whether you’re legal or illegal, you come from the outside to inside, you’re an immigrant. Slaves came here as involuntary immigrants but they still had the strength to hold on.”

One woman who called into the show said she disagreed with Carson, arguing, “you can’t be an immigrant if you’re brought over here in chains.”

“Yes you can, you can be an involuntary immigrant,” Carson responded. “We should be proud to have ancestors that had the mental strength to endure what so many others had not been able to endure,” he continued.

So according to Ben Carlson who by the way was raised on  welfare and food stamps  is that slavery was just an exciting, thinking-outside-the-box jobs program!

The shackles were just a formality.

 

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