"We can ship them out to the middle of the country and put up high walls and leave them there," Marg Baker says of illegal immigrants. The Tea Party candidate for the Republican nomination to a state house seat north of Tampa made the remarks at a rally for Glenn Beck's "9/12" project, and she is standing by them.
"We can follow what happened back in the '40s or '50s," Baker says. "I was just a little girl in Miami, and they built camps..."
Woah, woah! Camps from the 1940s?
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"for the people that snuck into the country, because they were illegal. They put them in the camps, and they shipped them back," Baker continued to applause.
Baker clarified her stance with Salon:
"They're trying to think I want to erect some sort of prison camps like over in Germany" -- which she is not, Baker said.
Asked if what she had in mind was more like the Japanese internment camps of the World War II era, Baker said, "something like that. But unfortunately in the Japanese camps, they detained American citizens. The only ones I want to detain are the ones who are illegal."
She added, "You've gotta have places for them to eat and sleep and breathe fresh air. It can be a tent city... You don't want to make them too comfortable or they'll want to come back."