Black SC lawmaker: Immigrants are hardest workers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An African-American lawmaker in South Carolina says stricter illegal immigration laws would hurt the state because blacks and whites do not work as hard as Hispanics.

State Sen. Robert Ford made his remarks Tuesday during Statehouse debate over an Arizona-style immigration law. The Charleston Democrat elicited a smattering of nervous laughter in the chamber after he said "brothers" don't work as hard as Mexicans.

Ford went on to say that "the brothers are going to find ways to take a break. Ever since this country was built, we've had somebody do the work for us."

He then said whites also don't work as hard.

The executive director of the state GOP called on Ford to apologize.

Ford ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination last year.

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