Radio host Jan Mickelson recently said the Iowa state government should use undocumented immigrants as “compelled labor.”
“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,” he argued. “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 said, according to the publication Raw Story.
Mickelson insisted his idea was justified even after a caller said it “sounds an awful lot like slavery.”
“Well, what’s wrong with slavery?” he asked the caller.
“Well we know what’s wrong with slavery,” the caller replied.
“Apparently we don’t because when we allow millions of people to come into the country who aren’t here legally and then people who are here are indentured to those people to pay their bills, their education of their kids, pay for their food, their food stamps, their medical bills, [in] some cases even subsidize their housing,” Mickelson said, writes Raw Story.