Tamara Scott, the national committee woman for the Republican Party in Iowa, claimed on her Internet radio show yesterday that child immigrants coming to the U.S. from Central America may be “highly trained as warriors."
RightWingWatch.org notes that Scott warned these "warriors" might "rise up against us as Americans" (video below).
“When we see these kids, you and I think young kids, we think maybe 12-year-olds, maybe homeschoolers, excuse me, middle-schoolers,” said Scott. "But we know back in our revolution, we had 12-year-olds fighting in our revolution."
"And for many of these kids, depending on where they’re coming from, they could be coming from other countries and be highly trained as warriors who will meet up with their group here and actually rise up against us as Americans,” added Scott.
Most of the children whom Scott is referring to are coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, which are some of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, notes The World Bank.
According to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security document that was obtained by the Pew Research Center in July: "Many Guatemalan children come from rural areas, indicating they are probably seeking economic opportunities in the U.S. Salvadoran and Honduran children, on the other hand, come from extremely violent regions where they probably perceive the risk of traveling alone to the U.S. preferable to remaining at home.”