Send Majority Leader Mumpower a letter!

Representative Curry Todd made a statement at a meeting of the Fiscal Review Committee on November 9, 2010 comparing immigrants to rats.  Following testimony from Finance and Administration officials, he asserted that giving U.S. citizen children of immigrants health coverage was a license for immigrants to “go out there like rats and multiply.” 

Representative Todd has not apologized, only saying that he should have used a more “palatable” term like “anchor babies.”  This reprehensible phrase for United States citizens is equally offensive and unacceptable.  Not one of Todd’s colleagues confronted or challenged him on this odious display of bigotry.  So we are asking Todd’s party leadership to show us where they stand on his remarks.

Tell Tennessee party leaders that extremist language that dehumanizes and scapegoats immigrants is not acceptable and ask them for a public apology!

Dear Majority Leader Mumpower:

I am deeply concerned with the statement that Representative Curry Todd, a member of your party, made at a meeting of the Fiscal Review Committee on November 9, 2010 comparing immigrants to rats. Following testimony from Finance and Administration officials, he asserted that giving U.S. citizen children of immigrants health coverage was a license for immigrants to “go out there like rats and multiply.”

I request that your party issue an apology for this statement and publicly condemn this kind of dehumanizing rhetoric toward immigrants. Regardless of one’s opinion on the immigration issue, no human being should ever be referred to in this way. Representative Todd’s statement was irresponsible, uncalled for, and absent a statement, reflects shamefully on his party. I hope that you, as party leader, will do all that is in your power to rectify this situation and condemn this kind of hateful rhetoric.

Again, I ask for an immediate and unequivocal apology from Representative Todd and from the Republican Party for this statement.

Sincerely,

Rep. Jason Mumpower


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