Sharron Angle Defends Anti-Immigration Ad, Tells Hispanic Students They Look ‘A Little More Asian’

Oct 18, 2010 4:14pm

ABC News’ Huma Khan reports: With mid-term elections just two weeks away, Sharron Angle is finding herself in the middle of a new controversy, this time involving Hispanics.

Angle told Hispanic students at Rancho High School Friday they “look a little more Asian,” after defending ads from her campaign featuring dark-skinned, seemingly Hispanic men.

When students asked Angle about her anti-immigration ads – which some Hispanic groups called “race-baiting” — the Tea Party favorite said they were “misinterpreting those commercials.”

“I’m not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence and there are people coming across that fence,” Angle said, per the AP. “What we know is that our northern border is where the terrorists came through. That’s the most porous border that we have. We cannot allow terrorists, we cannot allow anyone to come across our border if we don’t know why they’re coming. So, we have to secure all of our borders and that’s what that was about, is border security.”

Watch the ad in question here:

Angle defended the use of dark-skinned men in her anti-immigration ads. Her reasoning? Even some of the Hispanic students look Asian.

“What we want is a secure and sovereign nation and, you know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that,” Angle said at the event organized by the Hispanic Student Union and with only Hispanic students in attendance. “What we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I’m evidence of that. I’ve been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly.”

Nevada political analyst Jon Ralston posted a video of the exchange here:

During last week’s debate, Angle reiterated her support for an Arizona-style immigration law: “The solution is simple: Secure the borders, enforce the laws. I think every state should have a sheriff like Joe Arpaio, and I think we should be supporting states like Arizona.”

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