Friday, April 5, 2013

Confronting the Amnesty Scare

By David L. Wilson, MRZine
April 5, 2013

The anti-immigrant right has been mounting a scare campaign since late January about the supposed dangers of legalizing the country's estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants.

-- "When you legalize those who are in the country illegally," Rep. Lamar Smith, Republican of Texas, announced on January 28, "it costs taxpayers millions of dollars, costs American workers thousands of jobs and encourages more illegal immigration."

-- A February 4 "exclusive" on the far-right WND website described a "highly embarrassing and potentially politically explosive" report that was "suppressed" by immigration authorities back in 2000. The report shows that the legalization program in 1986 "failed . . . because it offered an incentive for more illegal aliens to come and take advantage of a future amnesty," according to the article, which quickly circulated through the internet.

-- "Top officials" in the Obama administration "are lobbying for a massive nationwide amnesty that would foster a tsunami of increased illegal immigration for generations to come," ultra-conservative columnist Michelle Malkin warned on February 27.[...]

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