Sandy Rios Claims Immigrants ‘Don’t Know Basic Hygiene’

The anti-immigrant Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) began hosting its annual radio press event in Washington, D.C., yesterday, where dozens of conservative talk show hosts convene to interview prominent anti-immigration advocates. Among those in attendance was Sandy Rios of the American Family Association, who claimed in an interview with FAIR president Dan Stein that many immigrants “do not know basic hygiene.”

“Listen, I am being very impolitic here,” Rios admitted, “but, as a female I find that bathrooms have just become unbearable because I think the people coming in don’t know basic hygiene, don’t know how to handle modern amenities.”

Rios reported that these “unbearable” bathrooms are found in areas with high immigrant populations like “Washington, D.C., or if you’re in Dearborn, Michigan, or Orlando, Florida, or Los Angeles,” where “it’s often like a third-world country.” In these areas, Rios explained, “we see the changes, and we’re saying ‘no, we’ve got to control this, we’ve got to assimilate people, we’ve got to teach them all kinds of things in order to make this work.”

By contrast, Rios said, there are still parts of the country that “still look like America,” where “nothing has changed, English is heard, and things are running smoothly.”

Stein, for his part, urged President Trump to fulfill his promise of creating a “merit-based” immigration system, arguing that “poor immigrants” without “education or earning power” are becoming a “net cost to society.”

“The immigration issue is going to be dealt with one way or the other,” Stein warned. “Now, it’s either going to be dealt with responsibly and reasonably, or it will be decided in the streets, because the public is going to get so frustrated with total inaction.”