The Southeast office of the Anti-Defamation League this morning condemned state Rep. John Yates, R-Griffin, who will turn 89 next month and is the oldest member of the Legislature, for his contention that troops on the U.S.-Mexico border should be given “shoot to kill” orders.
“We are seeing a frightening ratcheting up of hate speech about undocumented workers from Mexico, and John Yates has taken the rhetoric to a level of extremism that is shocking and deeply disturbing,” said Bill Nigut, the ADL’s southeast regional director.
Yates’ remarks were made at a recent forum with his Democratic opponent, Rose Carroll, who publicized them through a YouTube video:
Said Yates, a World War II veteran:
“I would say the National Guard should be armed…They ought to be armed and word should leak over to Mexico that we will shoot to kill if anybody crosses. And be serious about this. And if they do that, then there won’t be anybody killed, because nobody will take a chance on it.”