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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Immigration Hall of Shame Inductees List Released

Immigrants’ List (IL), a bipartisan political action committee, has unveiled the 2011 inductees into its national “Immigration Hall of Shame.” These ten members of Congress -– Republicans and Democrats –- present the biggest obstacles to America fixing its dangerous, broken immigration system. They’re the leading marshals of the anti-immigration reform agenda -– spreading misinformation, preying on fear, and blocking the reform America wants and needs."

“This week, we mark 104 years since the one-day peak of immigration at Ellis Island. On April 17, 1907, 11,747 immigrants became Americans at Ellis Island alone,” said IL Board Member Amy Novick. “Today, 104 years later, America is stuck in the mud with a broken immigration system. Americans want a working immigration system. These ‘Hall of Shame’ members are stopping it from happening.”

Atop the list is Congressman Steve King (R-IA), who has said you can tell undocumented immigrants from “the type of grooming they might have,” labeled the DREAM Act “amnesty,” and argued an electrified border fence makes sense because “we do that with livestock all the time.” The list can be viewed online.

We need reform that unites families, promotes fair employment practices, and restores America’s place as a nation that welcomes those seeking freedom from persecution and a better way of life,” continued Novick. “Politicians like Steve King –- who compare people seeking a better life to ‘livestock’ –- appeal to people’s worst instincts. And in doing so, they prevent the reform Americans want.

Among the other members of the “Hall of Shame” are House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), who has labeled the Constitutional right to birthright citizenship as a “misinterpretation;” Brian Bilbray (R-CA), who has said “human smuggling, prostitution, murder and virtual enslavement of human beings” across the border is happening because immigrants are “drawn to this nation by ... taxpayer-funded jobs;” Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC), who co-authored a plan seeking to deport more than 12 million people, and; Rep. Ben Quayle, who advocates reducing the number of legal immigrants allowed to live in the U.S., and has called for erecting a Pacific-to-the-Gulf electrified border wall.

“Immigration is a fundamental part of America’s heritage, and is essential to the growth and prosperity of our nation. That’s a fact; it’s central to our American character. And it’s something these ten have forgotten,” said Novick.

Immigrants’ List (IL) is a bipartisan political action committee dedicated to meaningful immigration reform that unites families, promotes fair employment practices and restores America’s welcoming status for those who seek freedom from persecution and a better way of life. IL supports pro-immigration candidates and works to defeat those who use fear and deception to spread an anti-immigrant agenda.

To learn more about Immigrants’ List, or get active in the grassroots movement to reform our immigration laws by electing pro-immigration candidates, visit www.immigrantslist.org, or email [email protected].

May 4, 2011 at 12:27 PM in Hispanic Issues, Immigration, Minority Issues | Permalink

Comments

Thanks for telling us about this organization. I noticed that the states where Democrats won last year in the inter-mountain west were where candidates supported comprehensive immigration reform. Maybe this organization helped them win.

Posted by: Michelle Meaders | May 4, 2011 3:03:58 PM

The notion of an electric fence on the border is ignorant in the extreme. First it would cost several state's budgets to install the thing. Really, how could it be powered? The cost would be catastrophic. Also, the fragile electrical system components require constant maintaining and is ridiculously easy to sabotage. Immigrants are people, not cattle and therefore are smart and have opposable thumbs.
Bringing up such an impractical idea is nothing but gratuitous and cynical pandering to hate and fear. When are these hate-mongers going to come up with some real solutions? Never, because a solution would negate the use of another wedge issue that makes idiots continue to vote against their own interests.

Posted by: qofdisks | May 5, 2011 9:01:51 AM