The Nativists Behind the Man Who Called Obama a Liar

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Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst was certainly out of line, but his indefensible fit of temper was illustrative of a larger discussion taking place amongst HIRC members and anti-immigrant groups who see the health care debate as yet another opportunity to promote their nativist agenda by advancing illogical fears, misplaced anger, and calculated misinformation.

Louisiana Senator Says Health Care Reform Will Benefit Undocumented Immigrants Because ‘It Always Does’

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., with wife Wendy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

At a town hall meeting in Louisiana, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) promoted the myth that undocumented immigrants will reap the benefits of health care reform by reasoning that “they always do.” He also proclaimed that what the nation is really facing is an immigration enforcement problem (as opposed to a health care problem) because “a quarter” of the “45 or 48 million” who are uninsured in the US are undocumented immigrants

American Retirees Move To Mexico For Health Care

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Many citizens of immigrant-sending countries have better access to health care at home than they would in the US, but that also doesn’t mean that they will flood the borders if the US health care system significantly improves.

What Happens to Immigration Reform Now That the ‘Stalwart of the Senate’ Is Gone

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It’s hard to imagine an immigration bill hitting the Senate floor without Kennedy’s binding support, but the truth is he’s already paved the legislative road for its debut and equipped progressives with the guts and principles to see it through.

CIS Event Exploits ‘Mind Boggling’ Health Care Reform To Promote Reduced Immigration

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CIS and Rector aren’t likely to admit it, but the Congressional Budget Office estimates that, had the US legalized undocumented immigrants under the 2007 immigration bill, it would have generated $48 billion in new revenue from administrative fees and income and payroll taxes alone.

Minuteman Civil Defense Corps President Named in Property Tax Scam Lawsuit

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It’s pretty ironic that someone who is so worried about “illegal” immigrants harming US citizens is currently being accused of scamming unsuspecting American homeowners and breaking the law herself.

Anti-Immigrant Hate Group Director Dan Stein Thinks ‘Illegal Aliens’ Will Receive Health Care

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Anti-immigrant rhetoric aside, Executive Director of Voto Latino Maria Teresa Kumar — who appeared on the same segment opposite of Stein — also pointed out that the more people who are included in any health insurance plan, the more costs for everyone involved go down.

States and Localities Critical to Immigration Policies

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As a result of Congress’s inaction, states and localities are feeling pressure to take action on immigration, and many of the policies that directly impact immigrants’ lives—law enforcement, public benefits, driver’s licenses—are being driven by new state and local laws.

CNN Airs Anti-Immigrant Front Group’s ‘Pro-Labor’ Incendiary Ad

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While CNN refuses to air an ad criticizing the insurance industry which is actually backed by labor, the “Coalition” of anti-immigrant labor-friendly posers has its misleading ad placed on regular rotation.

Dobbs Can’t Help Himself from Breaking Promise to Forbid Use of ‘Illegal Alien’ on Air

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Anyone who has ever listened to Dobbs has likely heard him repeatedly “foam at the mouth” about “illegal aliens” and legal immigrants alike.

Why Counting Undocumented Immigrants in the 2010 Census Counts for a Lot

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Not counting undocumented immigrants could slow recovery from the economic recession and lead to bad public policies based on incomplete and inaccurate census information.

ICE Begins Immigration Detention System Overhaul

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While improvements to the detention system are necessary and welcomed, it is important to recognize that detaining immigrants is not a long-term solution to a broken immigration system.

Lou Dobbs Show Cites Fear Mongering Anti-Immigrant Astronomist As Population Growth Expert

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Last night, in a segment warning of the environmental perils associated with US population growth, The Lou Dobbs Show featured Ben Zuckerman — an anti-immigrant activist who attempted a nativist takeover of the Sierra Club back in 2004. Dobbs correspondent Casey Wian allowed Zuckerman to insert himself into a discussion about a new report released [...]

Lou Dobbs Show Promotes Myth That ‘Gaping Loophole’ Will Provide Health Care Coverage For ‘Illegals’

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If Congress decides to take up comprehensive immigration reform, there’s also the likely possibility that illegal immigration will be addressed head-on by putting undocumented immigrants on a path to legalization

Rep. Michele Bachmann Distorts Immigration To Block Health Care Bill

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Bachmann doesn’t point out that 9.5 million of uninsured noncitizens that she cites includes both legal and undocumented immigrants.

McCain Says Spanish-Language Ads Cost Him Latino Vote: ‘Life Isn’t Fair’

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When asked if he thinks immigration reform is possible this year, McCain responded that he “didn’t know,” but that he will not support any legislation that does not contain a legal guest worker program.

Kicking Down Doors, Stomping on Rights: New Report Reveals Disturbing Details of ICE Raids

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The researchers also found that the ICE home raids had a negative impact on the local police departments and their ability to do community policing.

Michelle Malkin: Obamacare Is a Means To Amnestizing Border Jumpers

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Ultimately, the progressive’s “grand plan” involves an ambitous legislative agenda which seeks to remove barriers to quality health care and fix the broken immigration system through separate pieces of legislation because they are in fact two very different goals.

Senate Hearing on Employment Verification System Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

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While employment verification is viewed as an immigration enforcement tool, it is a program that affects every person working in the U.S.—including U.S. citizens.

Rep. Steve King’s Fudged Math Sets Off Alarm: ‘5,600,000 Illegal Aliens’ Covered By ‘Obamacare’

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None of the figures that King cites — including the 5.6 million number that he uses to strike fear in xenophobic hearts — are included in the CBO’s infamous health care bill projections.

Including Immigrants in Health Care Reform Makes Economic Sense

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While most in Washington have completely written off the possibility of including undocumented immigrants in any kind of coverage plan, Congress continues to be perplexed over legal permanent residents—our citizens-in-waiting.

Condoleezza Rice Breaks With Right Wing And Says We Should Be For ‘Welcoming’ Immigrants

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Last Sunday, on a trip to Sacramento, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice briefly praised the nation’s history of welcoming immigrants, saying that it’s a tradition that should be preserved.

Policy or Politics? DHS Changes and Expands 287(g) Program

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Nor will these changes matter if they are not properly implemented and monitored. For example, Sheriff Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona, has blatantly stated that he is not interested in being supervised by ICE.

Newt Gingrich Says Legalization Program Should Involve Sending 12 Million Immigrants Back

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In theory, Gingrich’s proposal sounds nice. In practice, his ideas spell a national nightmare.

Republicans Try To Derail Immigration Reform By Bringing Piecemeal Amendments To DHS Bill

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there’s an undeniable steep learning curve for conservative lawmakers who are slow to realize that they can no longer rely on an enforcement-only approach to immigration when the majority of their frustrated constituents want immigration laws overhauled inside and out.

Large Immigrant Populations Keep Cities Safe, Just Ask El Paso, Texas

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Many Americans believe that immigrants are associated with high levels of crime. According to criminologist Jack Levin, El Paso is safe because of its immigrant population.

Examiner Reporter Wonders Whether ‘Illegal Alien’ Voter Fraud Helped Franken Win

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Anti-immigrant group ALIPAC re-posted an article in which “reporter” Jim Kouri warned against the infinite dangers of “illegal alien voter fraud,”

Anti-Immigrant Group Argues For Immigrant Population Controls To Lower Energy Consumption

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FAIR has released a report based on the mixed-up notion that, in order to reach U.S. greenhouse emission goals, the U.S. must curb immigration.

USC Professor Roberto Suro Wants Statue of Liberty Message Erased

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Suro thinks most immigrants are “adventurous” and “ambitious,” not “tired and poor.”

Joe The Plumber Says Immigrants Should Get ‘The Hell Out Of Our Damn Country’

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Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher stated that American taxpayer dollars would be best spent on the mass deportation of 12 million undocumented immigrants.

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