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Ben Carson Speech: "Slaves were hardworking IMMIGRANTS" (Video)

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson referred to slaves as "immigrants" while speaking Monday to department employees.

"That's what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity," Carson said. "There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land."

Twitter users — including the NAACP, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and Chelsea Clinton — weren't having it:

This mere fact Ben Carson believes slaves were immigrants is a contradiction by definition. Slaves were chained, whipped, forced on boats, forced to work in foreign against their will. Immigrants migrated to America on their on free will. There is a big difference Mr. Carson.

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