‘What’s Wrong With Slavery?”: Radio Host Wants to Make Undocumented Immigrants Slaves, ‘Property of the State’
An Iowa radio host called for the federal government to declare undocumented immigrants “property of the state” and force them into labor if they do not self-deport within two months.
“Put up a sign that says at the end of 60 days, if you are not here with our permission, can’t prove your legal status, you become property of the state,” host Jan Mickelson told listeners this week. “And then we start to extort or exploit or indenture your labor.”
A caller to Mickelson’s show pointed out “it sounds an awful lot like slavery,” to which Mickelson retorted, “Well, what’s wrong with slavery?”
Mickelson went on to assert that Americans are already “indentured” to undocumented immigrants because they are “forced” to pay their expenses.
“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 added. “All they have to do to avoid servitude is to leave.”
Mickelson also said that these enslaved immigrants could build Donald Trump’s border wall.
“You need to go home and leave this jurisdiction, and if you don’t you become property of the United States, and guess what? You will be building a wall,” Mickelson said. “We will compel your labor. You would belong to these United States. You show up without an invitation, you get to be an asset. You get to be a construction worker. Cool!”
In case you think Mickelson was being facetious, he made sure his listeners knew he was not.
“You think I’m just pulling your leg,” he told one caller. “I am not.”