Lawmakers Say Bruce Could Be Punished For “Illiterate Peasants” Remark

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Denver (AP) Lawmakers say Republican Representative Douglas Bruce's remarks on the floor about Mexican workers being “illiterate peasants” could result in a formal ethics complaint.

Such an action would require a hearing and possible suspension, censure or expulsion.

Bruce made the comment durin a debate yesterday on a bill that would allow the state to help immigrant workers get temporary visas from the federal government.

Bruce said --quote-- “I would like to have the opportunity to state at the microphone why I don't think we need 5,000 more illiterate peasants in Colorado.”

In a statement, Consul General of Mexico in Denver Eduardo Arnal called Bruce's remarks “unfortunate” and “offensive.” He says the remarks do not contribute to the discussion of immigration between the two countries nor to possible solutions.