ADL condemns state lawmaker’s ’shoot to kill’ solution to illegal immigration

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.”

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ROBOCOP

October 15th, 2010
11:53 am

It’s time for Representative Yates to hang it up and go home and sit on his front porch.

td

October 15th, 2010
12:06 pm

Do not know if I agree with Rep Yates or not but the question is if not this strategy then what strategy do we employ to seal our boarder?

mad texan

October 15th, 2010
12:11 pm

dont be mad because hes right

ROBOCOP

October 15th, 2010
12:19 pm

We need a hard, continuous and guarded border.

AmericanPieHole

October 15th, 2010
12:23 pm

I would only add not to shoot anyone going south.

Charlie

October 15th, 2010
12:24 pm

I suppose the ADL would prefer that a much younger John Yates had not put his own life on the line to fight against Hitler’s army? And now they have a problem with him saying it was worth it?

Julie Camp

October 15th, 2010
12:27 pm

I like his idea! Maybe that would put a stop to this nonsense of anchor babies and illegals using our tax dollars for their education, welfare, foodstamps, free cell phones (with free international calls), and free medical care. Maybe then we could start to balance our national debt.

@crazyforliberty (Doug Craig)

October 15th, 2010
12:29 pm

I live in Griffin I have never liked Yates. He is anti freedom. He has said more then once that third parties should not be given ballot access. That Libertarians need to suck it and join one of the two big parties (both parties are anti freedom).
It is guys like him that made me leave the GOP and join the Libertarian party
Should we protect the border yes should we make it easier for people to get in line yes
If you are from Mexico and have a legal sister here and get in line and do evrything correct the average wait is 105 years (from forbes 2 months ago)
John Yates needs to shut up sit down and get the hell out of the way.i dont know the other candidate but I dont know what she have to be like to be worse then Yates
Doug Craig LNC rep region 1 and resident of griffin and lover of freedom and Liberty
@crazyforliberty

Bill Orvis White

October 15th, 2010
12:38 pm

He’s right, but as a small businessman who makes over $250K and dreads the upcoming tax increa$e, I think we should shoot to kill if the illegals don’t commit to either honestly joining our military or come to work for me or a major retailer.
Again, I take heat for my immigration views since I am a Christian conservative, but I have a hard time finding good solid workers here in the US of A to be my apprentice.
I just read up on this Yates fella and I like him. I might be writing a check to him soon.
Amen,
Bill

ROBOCOP

October 15th, 2010
12:55 pm

Bill Orvis White

Did they let you out again?

Ralph

October 15th, 2010
1:11 pm

More AJC Republican attacks.

The AJC: Smearing metro Atlanta like the smog.

Mike

October 15th, 2010
1:16 pm

A number of Border Patrol agents have recently lost their lives. Because of all the drug trafficking, our borders are becoming increasingly dangerous.

Last Man Standing

October 15th, 2010
1:16 pm

Yates is correct. These illegals keep coming because they have nothing to fear in crossing the border. I doubt that you’d have to shoot very many of them. I also agree that the troops should be ordered not to fire on anyone going south.

lmno

October 15th, 2010
1:18 pm

“More AJC Republican attacks”

I don’t understand your point. I mean, this guy, Yates said something pretty freaking crazy, and somehow thats the AJC’s fault?

I have problems with the ajc. Namely, the don’t follow up on crime stories. They report a person was shot, state that the name has not been released, and that the person is in critical condition. I check daily for weeks to find out the conclusion. Did he survive? Do the police have leads? They never write about it again. So, I have complaints about them as well.

However, if they accurately report that a politician said something or did something, then its not an attack.

lmno

October 15th, 2010
1:21 pm

You guys are all insane. You want to murder people who are simply looking for work?

Oh, I know, its breaking a civil statute and all, but murder as the punishment?

Lie on your taxes? We shoot you

Build a fence on your neigbors property? Crucify you

Seriously, you’ve all lost your minds.

Bill

October 15th, 2010
1:22 pm

Believe it or not, there are some workers we want and we need to figure out how to get them here legally.

Bill

October 15th, 2010
1:27 pm

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Never mind.

ZELL4PRES

October 15th, 2010
1:28 pm

Sounds like a great idea!

lmno

October 15th, 2010
1:31 pm

The problem is that you people are viewing Mexicans as something less than human.

And right now, after reading your comments, I am viewing many of you as less than human. You show no signs of Humanity.

Aquagirl

October 15th, 2010
1:50 pm

Bill not-Orvis, we should re-do the Statue of Liberty. Replace that golden lamp she’s holding with a sniper rifle.

The Brutal Truth

October 15th, 2010
1:50 pm

@lmno Nobody is viewing anyone as less than human. The people crossing the border are doing so illegally. If the consequences were higher I agree this would stop.
What do you suggest Einstein?

John

October 15th, 2010
1:58 pm

Let’s shoot Yates for inciting violence.

lmno

October 15th, 2010
1:58 pm

“@lmno Nobody is viewing anyone as less than human. The people crossing the border are doing so illegally. If the consequences were higher I agree this would stop.
What do you suggest Einstein?”

Well, I certainly don’t think we use the death penalty without trial for anyone breaking a law. I think thats nuts. I think that if we enacted a death penalty without trial for any crime, we have lost our country. We would be Iran.

You say if the consequences were higher, people wouldn’t cross illegally. I say, if legal alternatives were given freely people wouldn’t illegally cross either. you think people prefer to sneak through the dangerous desert at night? They would prefer to receive work visas and come here openly and legally. We do not offer them that alternative. It doesn’t exist. There is no legal mechanism for a person who wants to bring his skills here and work from Mexico.

Offer a viable legal alternative. You want to come here and work? Great! What are your skills? Great, here is a taxpayer ID. Please keep us informed of your progress and good luck!

This country is great BECAUSE of immigration. Immigrants who come here are exceptional as evidenced by their very presence here. They left their homes and worked to get here because they want to succeed. The very fact that they made it this far shows that they have the propensity to propel themselves forward.

I agree that illegal immigration is a problem.

But for a sitting state representative to suggest that we impose death upon a human for breaking a civil statute is outrageous.

And if you support such a thing, you are unamerican.

Lee

October 15th, 2010
2:02 pm

I don’t agree with shooting those who just cross to get jobs; however, there have been documented cases of Mexican Military and State Police Forces crossing the border protecting drug smugglers. Now someone feel free to correct me if I’m wrong but if the military or state police from another country cross your border under arms, isn’t that an invasion? Didn’t “Blackjack” Pershing chase Pancho Villa all the way back to Mexico City in 1915 for something like this? Drug Smugglers and renegade Military or State Police forces should be shot on sight because they are invading our borders with permission or parlee. Round up the simple illegals and ship them back but shoot the Smugglers, Renegade Military and State Police on sight; that’s an invasion people!

Keith

October 15th, 2010
2:05 pm

America would be a much better place if elected offcials like Yates were free to speak their minds without the PC police attacking. Set a date that law enforcement would have shoot to kill authority and on taht date illegals sneaking across the broder would stop… we might have to shoot one or two to get the message across, but that would end it. America is under attack from drug cartels and this would end it.

Kristin. MN.

October 15th, 2010
2:06 pm

The ADL has no moral authority whatsoever. They justify often heinous actions taken by Israel and demonize, as anti semitic, anyone who criticises Israel out of concern for the same human rights the ADL is always preaching about. Filthy hypocrites

Dang it - YATES FOR PRESIDENT!!!

October 15th, 2010
2:14 pm

I say elect Yates to the office of presidnet, just as long as he includes the ADL in the ’shoot to kill’ orders!! Heck, I’m voting this guy as a write in!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Brutal Truth

October 15th, 2010
2:16 pm

“Well, I certainly don’t think we use the death penalty without trial for anyone breaking a law.” You have just climbed over or cut a hole in a well-marked border fence… and you need a trial to be sure you really did it?
“…if legal alternatives were given freely people wouldn’t illegally cross either.” We already have an immigration policy that provides legal alternatives. These people want to jump to the front of the line, essentially thumbing their collective nose at those trying to do it the right way.
“There is no legal mechanism for a person who wants to bring his skills here and work from Mexico.” Unless your “skills” are in a field that needs employees. I have hired people from other countrys before and their skills are usually highly sought after.
Immigrants are great. Illegal immigrants are not. Have you even thought what this country would be like if we freely accepted the downtrodden from all over the world?
If you are willing to give away your country to citizens of another country then you, my dear, are unamerican.

McGill

October 15th, 2010
2:19 pm

Right on, Kristin. The ADL picks and chooses which “hate speech” it condemns based on its own uses. In turn, it ignores its own hatred. Sounds s lot like the ACLU.

@crazyforliberty (Doug Craig)

October 15th, 2010
2:20 pm

Guys I keep hearing about this get in Line bit. there is no line for mexicans If you do every thing legal and you have a legal sister the wait is 105 years long.

Last Man Standing

October 15th, 2010
2:24 pm

lmno:

“The problem is that you people are viewing Mexicans as something less than human.”

I’m not talking limiting it to Mexicans. I want it to be an equal opportunity deal. Shoot anybody illegaly entering the country. If you think that’s unreasonable, I invite you to enter Russia, China or any other number of countries illegaly. Both borders should be secured – by any force necessary.

Would you be so kind as to point out any country that has existed for any leangth of time that did not vigorously control its’ borders?

Michael

October 15th, 2010
2:28 pm

With very few exceptions, you people are all insane. (I’m sorry to borrow lmno’s phrase, but it is glaringly appropriate.)

First, you complain about immigrants “using” our taxpayer services. Yet, you refuse to LET THEM PAY INTO the system by giving them a tax payer ID!!

Your solution is to shoot human beings for breaking a civil statute? Have you lost your collective minds?! Let’s start shooting people who lie on their tax returns, because they are “using” our taxpayer services without paying into the system. Then, let’s start shooting people who don’t buckle their seatbelts. While you’re at it, shoot the people who employ undocumented workers.

It’s funny. The country that was founded by illegal immigration complains the loudest about immigrants wanting to move here.

You people are all insane. It can’t be said enough.

Don’t you dare ever call yourselves Christian. Christ may not have been a Democrat (though I think he would’ve been), but he certainly would not have shot a person who broke a civil statute. He may have shot a few of the rich, though.

Last Man Standing

October 15th, 2010
2:31 pm

lmno:

“And if you support such a thing, you are unamerican.”

In whose damn book? Yours? Take a hike, idiot.

General Patton

October 15th, 2010
2:34 pm

Hell yes!!! Let me at ‘em!

Aquagirl

October 15th, 2010
2:39 pm

Our troops obviously don’t have enough PTSD from endless tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, let’s order them to shoot unarmed civilians, including women and children.

Christopher Columbus

October 15th, 2010
3:05 pm

guess if this line of thinking was in place when i arrived, i would have been at the wrong end of an arrow and you folks would not have had a holiday this week.

Jobu

October 15th, 2010
3:08 pm

Shooting people for seeking a better life in the U.S. Amazing how these self-proclaimed “patriots” have absolutely no idea what America is really about.

The New Colossus
— Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Retired Soldier

October 15th, 2010
3:10 pm

Has anyone thought that just maybe Rep Yates was overstating his solution in order to highlight a serious and reoccuring problem? How many times as any of us stated an extreme solution in order to highlight a serious problem. I dare say many on here have, both left and right.

Yates is a good guy and a true hero. I’m sure he was not serious and all this has been blown out of proportion. Give Rep. Yates the benefit of the doubt. Remember, he is in his late 80’s serving a state and a country he loves dearly.

I wish Nigut would have contacted Yates and asked for an explanation before he went for the sensational story. Nigut should know and do better.

AmericanPieHole

October 15th, 2010
3:14 pm

What amazes me is that no one reporting on the illegal aliens mentions the fact that theses people that come here have a great disdain for this country and our laws. You need not believe me you only have to ask them. Their first response is to say how poor they are and that they only want to work but if you challenge their droopy eye story and say they are breaking the law they will gladly tell you to FO, they don’t care about our laws and further they have a right to be here. These are lawless people that come from a lawless country. They will break any law that stands in their way and that is a fact. Also for all of you defending them you are the one that are un-American because you obviously don’t understand what it is to be an American. It is a privilege not a right.

AmericanPieHole

October 15th, 2010
3:20 pm

Retired Soldier, Journalism has been dead for a long time replaced by sensationalism

Road Scholar

October 15th, 2010
3:21 pm

The same people who condone shooting persons crossing our borders illegaly are the same ones who think abortion is a sin and murder. They are also probably for the death penalty. If so, it resembles fishing….against taking fish too small out of the lake so they can grow up to be killed!

Retired Soldier

October 15th, 2010
3:22 pm

That would describe Bill Nigut.

AmericanPieHole

October 15th, 2010
3:28 pm

Hey Retired Soldier, you are much to rational to be posting here get sensational or get going because no one wants to hear the truth.

Retired Soldier

October 15th, 2010
3:31 pm

American-

I just call them as I see them, I really don’t understand why so many disagree with me. I always thought I had perfect truth (tongue in cheek). Anyway, I know John Yates and he really is a good guy and level headed. There has to be more to this story than this.

AmericanPieHole

October 15th, 2010
3:41 pm

Soldier, You called it right the first time, overstating it to make a point. Everyone here knows that is what Yates meant. Now lets get back to sensationalism……..

John Yates

October 15th, 2010
3:46 pm

John Yates

October 15th, 2010
3:46 pm

Who are you?

John Yates

October 15th, 2010
3:47 pm

Your not Judy. I want my Judy.

John Yates

October 15th, 2010
3:47 pm

Oh no. I just pooped the bed again.

@crazyforliberty (Doug Craig)

October 15th, 2010
3:48 pm

Piehole what did he mean ? We know what he said. Again no body is talking about their is no line for the Mexicans to get in. Can some one point me to the website that has the set of rules you need to follow to come here legal. You guys made fun of the health bill and how many pages are it (and we should) What do the rules look like to get over here.