“I think we should catch ’em, we should document ’em, make sure we know where they are and where they are going. I actually support micro-chipping them. I can micro-chip my dog so I can find it. Why can’t I micro-chip an illegal?"Sounds an awful lot like a plot from the X-Files, or part of a "black helicopters" conspiracy theory. Hmm, where have I heard about the evil government plot to insert chips into people against their will? Oh wait! That's right, some of the loonier right-wingers in the country were spreading rumors that the health care reform bill would require people to have microchips implanted in order to receive health insurance. Apparently microchip tracking is evil if done to American citizens, but patriotic if done to illegal immigrants. Got it.
—James Q. Lynch, "3rd District GOP Hopefuls Take Tough Stances on Immigration", Cedar Rapids Gazette (April 27, 2010).
Now, Bertroche is not some fringe, half-loopy candidate. Nope, he's a psychiatrist from a Des Moines suburb. So, the man comparing illegal immigrants to dogs is actually an educated professional with a comfortable spot in society. Oh, and he wants to help run our government. Let's just say that, if you have to ask the question, "Why can't I micro-chip an illegal [immigrant]?", maybe you need to be sitting on a shrink's couch yourself.
Of course, Bertroche now claims his remarks were taken out of context:
Bertroche did not deny making the comments when asked about them Tuesday by The Associated Press. But he said he never meant to suggest he advocates illegal immigrants be microchipped like dogs, which can have chips placed beneath their skin.
"I don't support microchipping anybody and it also didn't occur to me I was comparing dogs to illegal immigrants," he said by phone.
—Associated Press, “Iowa Candidate: Microchipping Comment Not Serious”, via KCRG.com (April 28, 2010).