POLITICS
08/12/2010 06:44 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Marg Baker, Tea Party Candidate, Proposes Internment-Style 'Camps' For Illegal Immigrants

Tea Party-backed candidate Marg Baker was given the chance to explain what she meant when she said she wanted to put illegal immigrants in "camps," and it turns out she meant pretty much what it sounded like.

"We can ship them out to the middle of the country and put up high walls and leave them there," Baker, who seeks the Republican nomination in a Florida statehouse race, told Salon Thursday.

Baker first announced the proposal earlier this month at a meeting sponsored by Glenn Beck's 9-12 Project. Baker's opponents quickly distanced themselves from her plan.

More from Salon's report:

Asked if what she had in mind was more like the Japanese internment camps of the World War II era, Baker said, "something like that. But unfortunately in the Japanese camps they detaineed American citiziens. The only ones I want to detain are the ones who are illegal."

She added, "You've gotta have places for them to eat and sleep and breathe fresh air. It can be a tent city ... You don't want to make them too comfortable or they'll want to come back."

Watch Baker's comments on "camps" for illegal immigrants: