Somos Republicans, a pro-immigration group, is calling on Herman Cain to quit the race because of comments he made about wanting a border fence with a moat and alligators. In Iowa last month he proclaimed:
I just got back from China. Ever heard of the Great Wall of China? It looks pretty sturdy. And that sucker is real high. I think we can build one if we want to! We have put a man on the moon, we can build a fence! Now, my fence might be part Great Wall and part electrical technology…It will be a twenty foot wall, barbed wire, electrified on the top, and on this side of the fence, I’ll have that moat that President Obama talked about. And I would put those alligators in that moat!
Somos issued this statement:
“As a civilized society we need to seek civilized solutions that meet the needs of our free market economy,” said Somos Republicans in a statement released on Monday. “We fail to see how anyone can seriously consider alligator filled moats and a new ‘wall of China’ a practical solution to our broken immigration system. The ancient Romans fed Christians to wild beasts to deter the rise of Christianity, but eventually Roman society became Christian, and China eventually fell to invaders from the North despite its great wall. … As someone who constantly talks about his ‘problem solving’ skills, we would expect Cain would know that problems are solved not by treating symptoms but by addressing root causes.”