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Petitioning Republican Congressional primary candidate Pat Bertroche and 2 others

Demand Republican Congressional Candidate Apologize for Suggesting We Microchip "Illegals"

At a Tama County Republican County forum, primary candidate for Congress Pat Bertroche suggested that we microchip "illegals."

Bertroche said, referring to undocumented immigrants who are detained and deported, "I actually support microchipping them. I can microchip my dog so I can find it. Why can't I microchip an illegal?"

Human beings are not pets. They are not property. And the dehumanizing rhetoric that leads people to forget this needs to stop.

Demand that Bertroche apologize for his offensive rhetoric, and that the Tama County Republican Party, which hosted him, denounce his degrading comments.

Letter to
Republican Congressional primary candidate Pat Bertroche
Chair, Tama County Republican Party Bob Young
Co-Chair, Tama County Republican Party Jill Tracy
I was shocked and offended to hear that Congressional primary candidate Pat Bertroche suggested microchipping "illegals" at a recent Tama County Republican County forum.

Dr. Bertroche said, referring to undocumented immigrants who are detained and deported, "I actually support microchipping them. I can microchip my dog so I can find it. Why can't I microchip an illegal?"

While there was plenty of anti-immigrant rhetoric at the County forum, Dr. Bertroche's statement took it much too far. Human beings are not animals. They are not pets. They are not property. This dehumanizing rhetoric is a disgrace.

I demand an immediate statement apology from Dr. Bertroche for his degrading words.

I also ask that the Tama County Republican Party release a statement that they do not support the sentiments that were expressed at this forum and condemn such dehumanizing rhetoric.