Anti-Immigrant Republicans Have Been Overwhelmingly Losing in the Primaries

hate-has-no-room-hereI’d be lying if I said I trust either Democrats or Republicans on the issue of immigration. I trust immigrants because they are my neighbors, they are my students, they are my clients, they are my peers, they are my friends. And they tend to work hard and yet be maligned, mistreated, marginalized, caught in the undertow of oppressive and misleading immigration policies. But if I’ve found one thing to be true in the corridors of politics, it’s this: If you sign a pledge with racist anti-immigrant groups like Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), you don’t deserve to be in a position of power. Fortunately, it seems that several Americans have agreed as the majority of anti-immigrant Republicans who’ve signed a “no amnesty for immigrants” FAIR pledge lost their primaries during the last two weeks to Republicans who did not sign.

You may remember the White Nativist group FAIR from its roles in such nasty racist laws as Arizona’s unconstitutional SB1070. Perhaps you remember it for trying to repeal the birthright provision of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.

Historic hate group watchdog Southern Poverty Law Center has an entire page on FAIR and several for its leaders and associates, many of whom are directly tied to White Supremacist hate groups. SPLC notes that though FAIR has a respectable veneer which allows them to speak and lobby on immigration issues in front of Congress:

FAIR leaders have ties to white supremacist groups and eugenicists and have made many racist statements. Its advertisements have been rejected because of racist content. FAIR’s founder, John Tanton, has expressed his wish that America remain a majority-white population: a goal to be achieved, presumably, by limiting the number of nonwhites who enter the country.

FAIR also has had as its councilor Kris Kobach, the author of SB1070 and the architect of Mitt Romney’s “self-deport” immigration policy. Kobach has written or advised several state and city laws criminalizing and targeting immigrants – laws meant to stretch sovereignty of the state over the federal government at the expense of undocumented citizens and migrants.

Do we need to remind these politicians of the risks that immigrants take coming to this country, particularly if they come in through the south? People leave Mexico and other native lands for important reasons – they risk much to come here often to find a very hostile land. For example, in Arizona, migrants cross the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation to enter the cities and mainstream US for work and transport. Tohono O’odham is a desert region of more than 4,000 square miles, so if travelers aren’t hydrated, they could easily die. Merciful people leave up watering stations throughout, only to find those stations destroyed by anti-immigrant sociopaths. In the period of just between August 2011 to April 2012, 88 migrants died in that area.

This doesn’t count the struggles of living in fear of deportation – which keeps crime victimization high in immigrant communities as few want to talk. I know people who stayed home due to stress and lack of a goal until President Obama got on the air to talk about reasonable changes in immigration policies. Then they went back to school and to work. Isn’t that a good thing? Isn’t that what this country keeps asking of its own people? Just because a person isn’t documented does not mean he or she does not act as a citizen, particularly when the desire is there – particularly when they’ve lived here for five, ten, fifteen, twenty, forty years. The only memories some undocumented people have are here in the United States. This is home. To hold up workers and students under threat of detainment and deportation is to lose productivity and to shutter lives in fear. I refuse to see how either Democrats or Republicans can get behind that. I cannot see how this is the good of America.

But FAIR seems to think this necessary. In one of the questions on their pledge, they link the needs of guest workers with rising youth unemployment and welfare rolls (neither of which have anything to do with immigrants “takin’ ar jobz“). They demand that signers work toward denying immigrants any foothold in the land of immigrants.

So it’s a good thing that 21 out of 23 pledge signers in a race with a non-signer lost to the non-signer. Though we should never confuse correlation with causation, a 90+% success rate indicates good things. It shows that maybe there is some hope in the Republican party after all – maybe even in humanity. And perhaps that only the most desperate can be so cruel.


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When he’s not riding both his city’s public transit system and evil mayor, Jasdye teaches at a community college and writes about the intersection of equality and faith - with an occasional focus on Chicago - at the Left Cheek blog and on the Left Cheek: the Blog Facebook page. Check out more from Jasdye in his archives as well!

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  • strayaway

    The Southern Poverty Law Center has morphed into being a hate group and intellectual brownshirt arm of the Obama administration. Just like brownshirts villianized Jews, the SPLC villianizes people who have, for instance, Libertarian Party bumper stickers or take a variety of positions not supporting Obama. The SPLC has produced enough hatred, for instance, to have inspired a pro-choice fellow to shoot a Family Research Council employee. The group has become so repugnant that the FBI, which had included SPLC data as “a resource,” severed its link with the organization and dumped SPLC from the bureau’s Hate Crime Web page this March. One of their content filled brochures instructed the Missouri police to be on the lookout for supporters displaying Libertarian Party bumper stickers.

    Of course, the SPLC believes that anyone who favors enforcing present immigration laws and is opposed to amnesty for illegal aliens (“immigrants” in PC talk) is hateful. What a crock. We have US citizens on extended unemployment and unskilled US workers have extremely high unemployment rates and these fools want to bring in even cheaper labor for big business to bust the rest of our non-government unions. The SPLC might as well be in open collusion with the US chamber of Commerce.

    • Sandy Greer

      Looks like I need to put the SPLC on my donations list.

      Any organization that can inspire an appalling rant like that – from somebody who insists on dehumanizing people as nothing more than
      ‘aliens’ – at the same time he has the unmitigated gall to refer to ‘brownshirts villainizing Jews’:

      Is OK in my book. SPLC should thank strayaway for his Official Stamp of Approval.

      • strayaway

        “Illegal alien” is a legal term. US residents come in two varieties; citizens and aliens. Aliens, in turn, are either legal or illegal. What specifically, on the other hand, does the fuzzier word “immigrant” mean? Some of Mohammed Atta’s crew overstayed their visa. In legalese, they became “illegal aliens”. In the Newspeak vocabulary meant to dull your thinking, they might be “immigrants”. Yet, that term fails because it seems like they came here for other reasons than live among us. “Terrorists” would work better than immigrants in that case. Most illegal aliens do not come here as terrorists of course. They come or stay here for work and may wish to stay on as immigrants or return home with their earning as “temporary workers”, again not “immigrants”.

        I would suggest that you contribute instead to unemployed US workers and destroyed unions who/which have taken the brunt of cheaper foreign labor. These destroyed lives are, after all, the result of supporting open borders and amnesty. A better more positive solution we can agree on, I think, is to raise minimum wage levels up so high that there would usually be no financial advantage to hiring illegal aliens. More US citizens presently not looking for work at your illegal alien wages would show up in hiring lines inspired by, for instance, Seattle’s $15/hour minimum wage.

      • Sandy Greer

        strayaway ‘justifies’ his despicable dehumanization of
        people – as if there were no shame in it.

        While he calls SPLC a “hate group”. Just SMH

        I’m sorry; I’m simply too repelled by the abhorrent
        dehumanization of others to be inclined to search out areas of common ground between us. I wish I could.

        But everything in me rebels against dehumanization. Always has – always will.

        It’s Wrong.

      • strayaway

        Sandy, You are unusually deep into cliches and fuzzy thinking today. I’m not sure if you are referring to legal language as “dehumanizing” but it is dehumanizing to lose one’s job because some profit oriented oligarch ships it abroad or brings in someone who will do it for less money. But when the SPLC identifies anyone sporting a Ron Paul or a Libertarian Party bumper sticker as somehow aligned with militias or terrorists, it’s getting into hate speech. It is wrong and it it hateful.

        Take the case of your comrade Floyd Lee Corkins II, who explained that he attacked the Family Research Council headquarters because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified them as a “hate group” due to their traditional marriage views.

        “Southern Poverty Law lists anti-gay groups,” Corkins tells interrogators in the video, which FRC obtained from the FBI. “I found them online, did a little research, went to the website, stuff like that.”

        The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reported that Corkins, who pleaded guilty to terrorism charges, said in court that he hoped to “kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in victims’ faces, and kill the guard.”

        Nice people. Maybe you could send some money in to your buddy Mr. Corkins for his legal defense.

      • Sandy Greer

        Fuzzy thinking – Good one! 😀 But seriously, strayaway: Are you trying to smear me with ‘comrade Floyd Lee Corkins’? Whaaat? Guilt by Association? I can’t help but LMFAO at that.

        Now, I’ll be the first to admit – I’ve got my faults. Obviously, you think I’m a ‘fuzzy thinker’. But the Will to Dehumanize human beings is not one of my faults.

        That is yours, alone.

        And pointing fingers – at me, or anyone else – does not lessen the weight of it.

      • strayaway

        Your fellow SPLC supporter Floyd Lee Corkins II claimed to have been inspired by the SPLC into doing his dirty deed. The SPLC wasn’t inspiring love as it turned out.

        A fuzzy Newspeak vocabulary is intended to create fuzzy thinking according to Orwell. Using the fuzzy PC word “immigrant” is almost meaningless. That is why the legal term, “illegal alien” is more concise.

        You do dehumanize US workers when you support policies that force them out of their livelihoods. I realize that their is a certain virtue in providing an illegal alien with a $11/hour meat packing job but if a unionized US citizen is displaced from a (I’m guessing) $26/hour union meat packing job to make way for a $11/hr. non-union illegal illegal alien. My loyalties are instead to US workers.

      • Sandy Greer

        >You do dehumanize US workers when you support policies that force them out of their livelihoods.

        ^^^Projection is what it’s called: You ‘project’ your Will to Dehumanize onto me – because I said it was Wrong.

        Very telling: You wouldn’t accuse me of Dehumanization (use it as a weapon) if you didn’t see something wrong with it, yourself.

        ^^^You know it’s Wrong – so you ‘project’ it onto me. It would be funny, if it wasn’t so sad:

        You think it so Wrong you ‘project’ it onto others – but persist in doing what you yourself – believe to be Wrong.

        Just SMH

    • Lee

      From your schizophrenic rant, its obvious I need to donate more money to them! Duh.

      • strayaway

        Destroy all the unions and US workers you can. It would be consistent with progressive thought. Buying a foreign built car would be a nice touch to lay off some Black UAW workers while you are at it.

      • Lee

        Strange, racially tinged rant. You need help, man!

      • strayaway

        I guess buying a foreign car is a bit racist if you want to put it in those terms. What’s really strange is people whose actions and politics have brought places like Detroit to its knees by supporting international trade agreements (Clinton NAFTA, Obama TPP) that send off our jobs and then are masochistic enough to dump foreign workers into our Country to compete for remaining jobs at lower wages.

    • Pipercat

      Whoopsies….

      Straight from the FBI dot gov website:

      “Public Outreach: The FBI has forged
      partnerships nationally and locally with many civil rights organizations
      to establish rapport, share information, address concerns, and
      cooperate in solving problems. These groups include such organizations as the NAACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League, the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, the National Organization for Women, the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Disability Rights Network.”

      fbi dot gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/hate_crimes/overview
      You’re just too fair and balanced for your own good!

      • strayaway

        “This week it emerged that the FBI, which has included SPLC data as “a resource,” has finally severed its link with the organization and dumped SPLC from the bureau’s Hate Crime Web page.

        The FBI offered no explanation of why now, but the dumping follows appeals of 15 family groups to Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. and FBI Director James B. Comey to sever the connection.”

        March 28, 2014 Washington Times. I had the link but was told that it “this is waiting to be approved by Forward Progressives.” which in my experience means it won’t be approved.

      • Pipercat

        You need to go out and get a chick-fil-a sandwich! You get a little loopy when you’re hungry!!

      • Sandy Greer

        Pipercat is right. I saw it myself, TODAY, on FBI website:

        1) FBI (dot) gov
        2) About Us
        3) Investigate
        4) Civil Rights
        5) Hate Crimes
        6) Overview
        near bottom of page – Public Outreach

        ^^^Anybody in this thread can find it, easily enough – if they want to.

  • The SPLC has no “TOLERANCE” for CHRISTIANS, CONSERVATIVES, TRADITIONAL VALUES”, “BORDER CONTROLS”, etc …

  • SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER is a SCAM!
    The SPLC supports the COMMON CORE as a way to promote “WHITE GUILT”, “BLACK PEOPLE”, “PROGRESSIVE POLITICS”, “ENTITLEMENT LIFESTYLES” and their “LGBT-GENDER AGENDA”

  • The SPLC is a BULLY to anyone who defies their “POLITICALLY CORRECT ZIONIST AGENDA”
    MARK TRAINA says FUCK the SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW SINNERS, the ANTI-DEFACATION LEAGUE, the JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE and the UNAMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION!
    NAAWP