Kansas lawmaker's immigrant remark backfires

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Posted: Mar 15, 2011 1:47 PM
Kansas lawmaker's immigrant remark backfires

A Republican lawmaker in Kansas has apologized for remarks suggesting _ as a joke, he said _ that illegal immigrants should be shot like feral swine.

Rep. Virgil Peck, of Tyro, said Tuesday that his remarks during a Monday meeting of the House Appropriations Committee were "regrettable."

The committee was debating whether to try to control the wild hog population by using gunmen in helicopters.

Peck said, "if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem."

The remark drew gasps from the audience and other lawmakers.

Peck later said he was joking and told the Lawrence Journal-World after the hearing that his constituents are upset with illegal immigration.

But on Tuesday, he issued a brief apology.