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Arizona State Rep Calls Immigration an 'Existential Threat'

Image: Arizona State Rep Calls Immigration an 'Existential Threat'
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By    |   Wednesday, 13 June 2018 05:50 PM

An Arizona GOP state lawmaker is warning immigration is an "existential threat" to America, saying integration in state public schools is already complicated because "there aren't enough white kids to go around."

In a Monday speech at the Yavapai County Republican Men's Forum, state Rep. David Stringer said the state's changing demographics will soon change the "voting base."

David Schapira, a Democratic candidate for Arizona's superintendent of public instruction, posted the remarks on Facebook and Twitter.

"Sixty percent of public school children in the state of Arizona today are minorities," Stringer says in the video. "That complicates racial integration because there aren't enough white kids to go around."

"And when you look at that 60 percent number for public school students, just carry that forward 10 or 15 years. It's going to change the demographic voting base of this state."

He said immigration is "politically destabilizing."

"President [Donald] Trump has talked about this," Stringer says in the video. "Immigration today represents an existential threat to the United States. If we don't do something about immigration very, very soon, the demographics of our country will be irrevocably changed and we will be a very different country. It will not be the country you were born into."

The Phoenix New Times reported Schapira said he found the video on Stringer's own Facebook page, but it has since been deleted. Another video from the same forum featuring Stringer talking about a change in the Arizona's marijuana law is still up.

Last week, Arizona Senate candidate Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., removed a YouTube video that showed the lawmaker defending recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, CNN reported.

She is locked in a fierce three-way battle with two other immigration hardliners, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former state Sen. Kelli Ward, in Arizona's Aug. 28 GOP Senate primary, The Arizona Republic reported.

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Saying integration in state public schools is already complicated because "there aren't enough white kids to go around," an Arizona GOP state lawmaker is warning immigration is an "existential threat" to America.
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