Internment camps?

INTERNMENT CAMPS?…. Marg Baker, a Republican state House candidate in Florida, recently spoke to a Glenn Beck activist group about her ideas for detaining illegal immigrants: internment camps.

“We can follow what happened back in the ’40s or ’50s,” Barker told her right-wing allies. “I was just a little girl in Miami, and they built camps for the people that snuck into the country, because they were illegal. They put them in the camps, and they shipped them back. We can do that.”

Was she saying that I think she’s saying? Pretty much. Salon‘s Justin Elliott spoke to Baker yesterday.

“We can ship them out to the middle of the country and put up high walls and leave them there,” said Marg Baker, the middle-aged real estate broker vying for the Republican nomination in the state’s 48th district, north of Tampa. […]

Asked if what she had in mind was more like the Japanese internment camps of the World War II era, Baker said, “something like that. But unfortunately in the Japanese camps they detained American citizens. The only ones I want to detain are the ones who are illegal.”

Putting aside the bizarre idea that a human being can be “illegal,” Baker added that she would target all undocumented immigrants not just Hispanics. How gracious of her. She went on to express concern about those “walking among us, and who knows.”

I’m not sure what that means, though I seem to recall similar lines in X-Files scripts.

Regardless, what we have here is a Republican candidate who looks back at internment camps and thinks this is an idea worth bringing back. Seriously.

I don’t want to make too much of this, given that we’re just talking about one nutty GOP candidate in a state legislative race, and there’s no evidence that the Republican mainstream will start calling for hearings on the viability of American concentration camps.

But it never really occurred to me that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and his colleagues would call for a partial repeal of the 14th Amendment, either. Ridiculous ideas seem to have a way of working their way up the far-right ladder fairly quickly, so I suppose this is worth keeping an eye on.