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America’s top religious and law enforcement leaders are taking a strong stance in favor of sensible immigration reform and it’s made the anti-immigrant crowd very nervous.
In response, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the anti-immigrant lobby’s “think tank,” released two reports, written by the same author, claiming that Los Angeles police chief William Bratton and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, don’t know what they’re talking about.
An offshoot of the Federation for American Immigration Reform – designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center – CIS’ role is to halt the anti-immigrant movement’s dwindling credibility. They do this by releasing reports written by their “experts” to counter the views of actual authorities in their fields.
CIS’ credibility took a hit earlier this year with a report blaming immigrants for global warming and another when CIS director Mark Krikorian called on Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to pronounce her name in a less ethnic-sounding way. But the widening chasm between actual experts and the CIS peanut gallery has become almost laughable.
Let’s meet one of the Center’s “experts”: James R. Edwards, a principal of the MITA (“Man in the Action”) Group. Despite not having a badge or a collar, Edwards is a CIS “expert” on law enforcement, the Bible and a number of other issues.
Here’s how the Center for Immigration Studies and Edwards defend America’s broken immigration policies:
Step One: Law enforcement experts discuss changes to our ineffective immigration enforcement policies – July 22, 2009.
Step Two: CIS releases a report claiming to be the real law enforcement experts – October 27, 2009.