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Statehouse Live: Groups deliver petitions calling for Peck’s resignation

Florentino Camacho, a former state director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, tells a member of Gov. Sam Brownback's staff that he fears state Rep. Virgil Peck's comments about immigrants will incite violence. Hispanic advocates delivered petitions calling for Peck's ouster in response to the Tyro Republican's comment about shooting illegal immigrants.

March 25, 2011, 1:13 p.m. Updated March 25, 2011, 1:31 p.m.

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— A group of Hispanic advocates on Friday delivered to the Statehouse petitions signed by nearly 60,000 people, calling for state Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, to resign from office for his remarks about shooting illegal immigrants.

Florentino Camacho, a former state director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, holds a sign during a news conference Friday at the Capitol. Representatives from several Hispanic groups delivered petitions to Gov. Sam Brownback and House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, calling for the resignation of state Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, who caused a national uproar with recent remark about illegal immigrants.

Florentino Camacho, a former state director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, holds a sign during a news conference Friday at the Capitol. Representatives from several Hispanic groups delivered petitions to Gov. Sam Brownback and House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, calling for the resignation of state Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, who caused a national uproar with recent remark about illegal immigrants.

Members of the group said they feared Peck's comment could incite violence against Hispanics and said Gov. Sam Brownback and House Speaker Mike O'Neal, both Republicans, should insist Peck step down.

Last week, Peck, during a committee discussion about a program that controls the feral hog problem by shooting them from helicopters, said, “It looks like to me, that if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem.”

The comment caused a national uproar. Peck initially refused to apologize but then issued a two-sentence apology, saying his statement was “regrettable.”

Many organizations said Peck’s apology didn’t go far enough and that he should resign. Peck has refused, and House Republican leaders have said they have accepted Peck’s apology. O'Neal has said Peck's comments were a "personnel matter" and that he wouldn't discuss it further.

Presente.org, a national online advocacy group for Latinos, coordinated an online petition drive calling for Peck’s resignation. The drive had more than 58,000 signers.

Guadalupe Magdaleno of Wichita appeared Friday at a news conference on the Capitol steps. She said Peck's comments could "put wrong ideas in sick minds."

The group of 10 people then delivered a box of petitions to the offices of Brownback and O'Neal.

In Brownback's office, Florentino Camacho of Kansas City, Kan. told one of Brownback's staffers, "We want him (Peck) fired. He is putting our lives, our kids' lives, and our wives' lives and our families in jeopardy," said Camacho, a former state director for the League of United Latin American Citizens. "I have grandkids. I'm afraid a crazy person is going to hurt them."

No one was present in O'Neal's office when the group tried to deliver the petitions there.

Myrna Orozco, an undocumented immigrant from Kansas City, Kan. said of Peck,"While he might have thought that this dehumanizing joke was funny, we do not believe that the genocide of children, mothers and fathers is funny."

Lalo Munoz, head of the Latino Information Network of Kansas, said, of Peck's remark, "Those comments have no place in Kansas political discourse."

Democratic leaders in the Legislature have also called for Peck's resignation. Peck has said he will not resign and has refused to talk further about the issue.

Comments

ivalueamerica 3 years ago

it should be noted that more illegal immigrants have been deported so far under the Obama administration than were deported during the entire Bush administration.

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ochocinco 3 years ago

Why are Hispanic groups upset? Did Peck mention Hispanics directly? No, he mentioned illegal immigrants. So, are Hispanics admitting they make up the majority of illegal immigrants? Thus are they criticizing their own community for the lawless behavior and utter disdain for American sovereignty the Hispanic community has repeatedly shown?

Peck should not only not resign, he should be promoted. Racists Hispanic groups need to be shown who is control in the state of Kansas--and it isn't the burrito-eaters.

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Flap Doodle 3 years ago

In other recent news: "Thirteen illegal immigrants disguised themselves as U.S. Marines –- donning battle dress uniforms and caps -- in a failed attempt to get through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint last week east of San Diego, authorities said.

The driver of the white van carrying the immigrants and another man, both U.S. citizens, were arrested March 14 at the I-8 checkpoint near Campo and charged with alien smuggling, according to U.S. Border Patrol officials.

Three of the illegal immigrants were detained as witnesses, while the rest were returned to Mexico, officials said.

The van drew suspicion in part because it had an altered U.S. Government license plate, authorities said. The investigation is being conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

The immigrants all had Marine-style haircuts and the name tag "Perez" on the their camouflage uniforms, U.S. Marine Corps officials said.

Such ploys have a long history along the border. Over the years, immigrants have disguised themselves as hard-hatted contractors and utility repairmen, and smugglers have painted and placed decals on cars to look like Border Patrol or other government vehicles.

-- Richard Marosi and Tony Perry in San Diego"

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/03/illegal-immigrants-disguised-as-us-marines-fail-to-get-through-border-checkpoint.html

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parco814 3 years ago

Illegal or not, undocumented or not, the typical immigrant from Mexico or elsewhere in Latin America does more good on a daily basis for the United States and its people than Virgil Peck and his defenders ever have or ever will.

I'm not saying that's a fact, it's my opinion, and I stand by it.

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Jimo 3 years ago

Let's see.

Some Libyan tool wants to commit genocide and the world springs to action.

Some Kansas hillbilly wants to commit genocide and his buddies think he's hilarious.

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jhawkinsf 3 years ago

Since an on-line petition has no legal authority to remove Mr. Peck, wouldn't a better way to force him out of office be to go to his district and ask residents to sign a recall petition? A recall petition has the force of law behind it.

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strongarmcrunch 3 years ago

If he doesn't step down, or if the GOP doesn't force him out, then it is time to hit the capital steps in massive numbers.

What Peck has said, what he has thought, should never be allowed in any legislator.

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Lawrence Morgan 3 years ago

Virgil Peck is disgusting. And as for the residents of southern Kansas who don't want new immigrants in their midst, what about their taking the land from the Indians many years ago? Or does that not count? By that count, they should be run off the land and the land given back to Indians, who were there before.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years ago

This has nothing to do with the issue of illegal immigration.

It has to do with embarrassing and disgraceful comments made by an elected representative of this state.

By saying this is about illegal immigration places Peck's comments in the realm of "cures" for illegal immigration, which is much worse than just a stupid, unprofessional, disgraceful "joke".

Peck made his murderous joke while conducting official business of the state. He has disgraced his office, his district, and the State of Kansas.

Virgil Peck should resign. Sign the petition on line here:

http://www.ksdp.org/

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question4u 3 years ago

The petition was mentioned in an AP story that appeared in the New York Times today. How long is Peck going to drag Kansas through the mud? If he isn't honorable enough to step down on his own isn't there anyone with enough influence over his feeble mind to convince him that it would be the right thing to do?

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4getabouit 3 years ago

Peck is just another redneck coward who continually references using guns rather than rational and civil discussion. He thinks he is some kind of cowboy.

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ursulabirtha 3 years ago

Everyday that goes by that this guy sits in office makes me think that Brownback and the other Kansas representitives also share this ignorant mans ideas. The US is watching and Kansas looks like it is full of stupid people like the Westboro folks and this jackass. Thanks Gov. Brownback, way to man up.

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zcks 3 years ago

While his remarks were uncalled for & racist it is very true that the majority of the people in Kansas do not want more illegals in their state. We have a bad enough unemployment rate among citizens as it is without people coming here & taking jobs they have no right to anyway.

Beyond the cost of jobs there is also the massive cost of schooling & hospital care that these people & there children receive for free. Given that the school & hospital conditions are already poor we should not be spending even more taking care of these people.

One way this could be handled is by making a law that states at least one parent must be a legal citizen for the child to become one if born here. As far as developed countries go we & Canada are the only ones who do not require a measure like this.

Combine this with real military action against the cartels on their home turf & we should see things start to get better both here & in Mexico.

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question4u 3 years ago

Peck is an enormous embarrassment, but it's clear that he doesn't even comprehend the problem with his words. His tight lipped apology probably did more damage than his initial comments. Every day that he stays in office strengthens the impression that the majority of members of the Kansas House think that this should just be allowed to blow over.

Then there are those who have actually defended Peck's comments. They should be heartily congratulated for their help in promoting Brownback's plan to repopulate Kansas counties and to attract new businesses to the state. There's nothing like airing your dirty laundry to make people want to come and live next door.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years ago

"Florentino Camacho, a former state director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, tells a member of Gov. Sam Brownback's staff that he fears state Rep. Virgil Peck's comments about immigrants will incite violence."

Oh yeah, the AZ shooting has delivered a whole new world to nutty far-left libs who support illegal latinos.

Lovy you forum nutcase extreme libs! You're the best!

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pocket_of_sunshine 3 years ago

"Myrna Orozco, an undocumented immigrant from Kansas City, Kan. said of Peck,"While he might have thought that this dehumanizing joke was funny, we do not believe that the genocide of children, mothers and fathers is funny."

Undocumented immigrant...shouldn't she have been arrested while she was there?

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CardHawkFan 3 years ago

You have to understand where Peck comes from where the local school still condones physical discipline, albeit they have to call the child's parents first for approval (still absurd). Wait a minute...no you don't. I am from southern Kansas and although I think there could be a better solution to our current immigration tactics, there should never be a situation where violent actions should be suggested as a means to solve a problem on potentially innocent people. Take a hike buddy! I'm signing that petition!

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seeker_of_truth 3 years ago

So he truly is representative of his supporters, aka as "racist rednecks"

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jhawkinsf 3 years ago

It seems to me that the petitions should have been delivered to Mr. Peck himself and that he should have made it a point to be there to receive it. It would have given the two sides the opportunity to discuss his comments and the context in which they were made. It's best when reasonable people sit down together and discuss their differences and perhaps find common ground.

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Clara Westphal 3 years ago

Where is Peck's freedom of speech? Remember the court system ruled in favor of the Phelps group.

If you travel to southern Kansas, you will find that Peck is right. The people there do not want illegals in their part of the world.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years ago

There is still time to sign the petition:

http://www.ksdp.org/

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keith manies 3 years ago

Rep. Virgil Peck has made a mockery out of the state of Kansas, just like the Westboro Baptist Church does every time they show up for a funeral. Mr. Peck needs to find another line of work where his racist and ignorant remarks don't have the potential to hurt so many people!

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