By Adrian Skabelund | Arizona Daily Sun
State Senator Sylvia Allen, who reversed her decision not to seek reelection earlier this month, is now facing calls for her to be removed from her position of chair of the education committee because of inflammatory comments she made.
First reported by the Phoenix New Times, Allen was recorded making the inflammatory comments at an event dedicated to Mormon political pioneers at the Republican Party offices in Phoenix.
At that event, Allen referred to a book by a University of North Carolina professor focused on demographic changes in the United States and expressed concern that America is “going to look like South American countries very quickly.”
“The median age of a white woman is 43. The median age of a Hispanic woman is 27. We are not reproducing ourselves with birthrates,” Allen said. “But here’s what I see as the issue: It’s because of immigration.”
The comments garnered national attention and denouncements from her opponents in the race for state Senate, with many calling the remarks racist.