- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 14, 2018

An Arizona lawmaker is standing by controversial comments he made earlier this week in which he complained that “there aren’t enough white kids to go around” in the state’s public schools.

Speaking to the Yavapai County Republican Men’s Forum on Monday, state Rep. David Stringer spoke about the trouble mass immigration poses for racial integration in schools.

“Sixty percent of public school children in the state of Arizona today are minorities,” Mr. Stringer said. “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 years, 15 years. It’s going to change the demographic voting base of this state.

“Immigration is politically destabilizing,” he continued. “President Trump has talked about this. 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.”

Mr. Stringer’s comments were swiftly denounced by the Arizona Republican Party, saying they “do not in any way reflect the beliefs or values” of Chairman Jonathan Lines or the party.

Carlos Galindo-Elvira, the Arizona regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, also criticized Mr. Stringer’s comments as “shockingly inappropriate,” The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Stringer defended his comments, though he apologized to anyone he may have offended, the Arizona Capital Times reported. He said he plans to post the entire 17-minute video of his speech so people can better understand the context.

“I maybe touched a third rail of politics, but what I said is accurate,” Mr. Stringer told the Capital Times. “Anybody that talks about this in this way is shut down and called a racist. I’m speaking the truth. Diversity may be a great thing, there might be a lot of advantages, I’m not arguing against diversity at all, but no country can be demographically transformed without any political or social consequences.

“Race is a difficult issue we have not yet resolved in this country, and we should be able to have an honest conversation without being called out as a racist,” he added.

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