Kansas State Representative Virgil Peck is receiving some well-deserved backlash after an extremely offensive comment he made at a Kansas House debate this past Monday. During the meeting he stated:
Looks like to me, if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem.
The comment echoes the anti-immigrant sentiment that is becoming increasingly violent in the US. The fact that Rep. Peck for one moment in his mind considered his recommendation appropriate means he is not alone in his views. Peck issued a classic "I'm sorry if you were offended" apology to CNN on Thursday, but thankfully it did not slow Democratic senators and concerned folks from Kansas in petitioning for his resignation.
Local organizing efforts across the country are working diligently to speak out against anti-immigrant legislation. Last week, over a thousand undocumented immigrants and allies gathered in Chicago's Daley Plaza for "Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unapologetic" Coming Out Week. Check out this powerful video from the campaign, where undocumented youth use "coming out" as a way to reject the notion that they do not belong in the US:
My question for Bilerico readers is, how can we strive to become better allies to undocumented individuals in the US? How can we educate our communities so that the people most affected by these issues are not left with the burden of having to explain why they deserve to be considered US citizens?