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U.S. Rep. Duncan defends immigration comments

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U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens, speaks to students at an Upstate school. (File/FOX Carolina) U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens, speaks to students at an Upstate school. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

First-term U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens, is defending his remarks about illegal immigration made during a forum at Furman University in Greenville on Tuesday night.

The Republican, who represents District 3, compared the country's illegal immigration issue to a house without a door that allows "any kind of vagrant or animal" to come in, according to The Associated Press.

Duncan's spokesman said Wednesday that he was simply likening the importance of border security to protecting one's home.

State Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian said Duncan should apologize and likely made the comments intentionally to galvanize his base in the state's conservative northwestern corner.

South Carolina's illegal immigration law, set to take effect in January, is among the nation's toughest.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.

District 3 is composed of Abbeville, Aiken, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens and Saluda counties in South Carolina.

Copyright 2011 FOX Carolina. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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