Today, as the Huffington Post reported that Ken Cuccinelli once compared immigration policy to pest control and exterminating rats, Virginia Latino leaders condemned the Attorney General’s ugly and offensive attacks on New Americans.
“Ken Cuccinelli should apologize immediately for comparing people who come to this country in search of a better life to pest and rodent control,” said Virginia Delegate Alfonso Lopez. “There is no excuse for that kind of ugly and mean-spirited rhetoric, particularly from a public official who aspires to be our Governor.”
Jaime Areizaga-Soto, Chairman of the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia said, “Every Virginia family deserves better than a Governor who sees any parallel between immigration policy and exterminating rats. At a time when we need serious leadership to reform our broken immigration system, Ken Cuccinelli’s ugly and divisive rhetoric makes him unfit to lead our Commonwealth.”
Today the Huffington Post reported on comments Cuccinelli made comparing immigration policy to pest control:
“They have to relocate the rats. And, not only that, that’s actually not the worst part, they cannot break up the families of the rats!” Cuccinelli said, incorrectly suggesting that the District’s 2010 Wildlife Protection Act forced pest control specialists to dump them across the river in Virginia.
Cuccinelli then made his comparison.
“So, anyway, it is worse than our immigration policy,” he said. “You can’t break up rat families. Or raccoons, and all the rest, and you can’t even kill ’em. Its unbelievable.”