THE BLOG
01/07/2015 02:55 pm ET Updated Mar 09, 2015

'I Don't Owe People Who Are Here Illegally Anything'

The headline is a quote from Republican Rep. Ken Buck, making us proud just hours before he was sworn in today as a U.S. Representative from Colorado.

One wonders if Buck would have said the same thing about my interred illegal immigrant Italian in-laws (IIIII), but it doesn't matter because Buck is in Washington now, not 100 years ago.

Buck told The Denver Post's Mark Matthews that he wants to establish a kick-ass guest-worker program for immigrants and then move on, piecemeal, to deal with the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in our country.

But how will he do this for people to whom he feels he owes nothing?

Does Buck feel he owes undocumented human beings respect? Some compassion?

Some level of honor for the work they do in our country -- and for the contributions they make to our communities? Apparently not. Nada.

How about a vaccination or two for the undocumented kids? Does Buck owe them that?

Owing nothing to the undocumented people in Colorado amounts to hating them. Sounds kind of harsh, but what else to call it?

Maybe I'm skewed from too much talk radio, but the hate toward immigrants from respectable people in Colorado, like Buck and State Sen. Vicki Marble (who said they spread "the disease"), seems to be on the rise.

Yet, I don't see reporters noticing. Marble's ugly comment stunk up my blog post and went nowhere else. Buck's line was at least reported, which counts for something, but was left hanging. Ugh.