‘Of course they are’: Ben Carson defends calling slaves ‘immigrants’

‘Of course they are’: Ben Carson defends calling slaves ‘immigrants’Ben Carson attempted to quell the outrage that erupted online after he referred to African slaves as “immigrants” during a Monday speech on the U.S. as the land of dreams and opportunity. During his debut speech as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Carson discussed immigrants who entered the U.S. through Ellis Island to pursue a better life, and then he turned his attention to slaves forced to come to the country against their will. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less,” the retired neurosurgeon said.


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