GOPer Compares Illegal Immigrants To Grasshoppers (VIDEO)

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The suddenly hot immigration debate has inspired its fair share of out-there rhetoric in just a short time. Last night, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), tried out a new line on the House floor.

Lamenting the state of border security, Poe asked why we can catch and contain invasive species like Brazilian grasshoppers before they get into the U.S., but not illegal immigrants. Nice, right?“How come we cannot capture the thousands of people that cross the border everyday on the southern border of the United States?” he asked. “You know they’re a little bigger than grasshoppers and they should be able to be captured easier.”

In case the comparison was lost on anyone, Poe delivered his message alongside a giant poster of a grasshopper.

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(h/t Media Matters)

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