It is the responsibility of our federal government to work on immigration laws since immigration is protected under the Supremacy Clause of our United States Constitution. Of the federal lawmakers attempting to fix our broken immigration system, all 54 Democratic and Independent Senators voted in favor of reform. 14 Republican Senators voted for legal immigration reform, with a remainder of 32 Republicans who voted against the measure. via S.744.
Though the recent legal immigration reform bill passed the Senate recently with bipartisanship support, a member of the House Republicans via (R-Kansas) Rep. Tim Huelskamp made a controversial statement regarding the legal immigration plan and stated:
“I made a comment in there, kind of offhand, that trusting Barack Obama with border security is like trusting my daughter with Bill Clinton. We just don’t trust him.”Mexican-American Latinos can say the same thing about Kansas Republicans.
The State of Kansas and the Kansas GOP received a black eye because of Rep. Virgil Peck’s domestic terroristic threat that traveled across the nation when he suggested ‘we hunt down immigrant people and shooting them down like pigs.’
That said, we believe trusting Kansas Republicans on comprehensive immigration reform is like trusting Virgil Peck with a gun on a helicopter hunting for undocumented immigrants.
On a side note: Where in the hell are the Kansas Agricultural lobbyists at when you need them? Do Kansas farmers want to see their labor go?
More importantly, Huelskamp seems to be cut from the same cloth as Kansas Secretary of State — Kris Kobach. See below regard Kobach’s racist ties:
In their book, Huffman writes that “the Kansas candidate” received “significant funding from a notoriously racist group” while running for the state’s 3rd congressional district in 2004. He also writes that Kobach once wrote “that apartheid could be justified in the name of political stability.”
Following Huffman and Rejebian’s research, conducted in the summer of 2004, incumbent Democratic congressman Dennis Moore made a campaign commercial suggesting that Kobach had received campaign contributions from “people with ties to white supremacists.”
The Kansas Democratic Party and others have also pointed to a quote from Kobach’s Harvard thesis as evidence that Kobach “authored a book that provides a defense of Apartheid in South Africa.”
But in our conversation yesterday, Kobach told me that those allegations were “ridiculous.”
“That’s just flat out wrong,” he said. “It’s a smear campaign and it’s completely inappropriate.”
The donor organization in question is the U.S. Immigration Reform PAC (USIRPAC), which gave Kobach $10,000 in 2003 and 2004, according to the Federal Election Commission. USIRPAC President Mary Lou Tanton is the wife of John Tanton, the founder and board member of the Federation of American Immigrant Reform (FAIR), an organization that has been labeled a “nativist hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its hard stance against illegal immigration. Since 2004, Kobach has also worked on contract on a variety of cases for FAIR’s legal arm, the Immigration Law Reform Institute.
In 2009, the Southern Poverty Law Center published a report stating that FAIR was part of a network of “restrictionist organizations conceived and created by John Tanton, the ‘puppeteer’ of the nativist movement and a man with deep racist roots.”
Tanton “has met with leading white supremacists, promoted anti-Semitic ideas, and associated closely with the leaders of a eugenicist foundation once described by a leading newspaper as a ‘neo-Nazi organization,” the report states. “He has made a series of racist statements about Latinos and worried that they were outbreeding whites. At one point, he wrote candidly that to maintain American culture, ‘a European-American majority’ is required.” MORE>>>