The latest installment of the popular right-wing “blame the immigrants,” game is a whopper. Conservative blogger, occasional television pundit, and consistent right wing loudmouth Michelle Malkin is — get ready — blaming illegal immigration for our nation’s current economic crisis. No joke. Neither Wall Street greed nor irresponsible government oversight over the financial industry are responsible. Just immigrants.
In her syndicated column yesterday, Malkin stated “The Mother of All Bailouts has many fathers…But there’s one giant paternal elephant in the room that has slipped notice: how illegal immigration, crime-enabling banks, and open-borders Bush policies fueled the mortgage crisis.” In addition to Malkin, the anti-immigrant blame game has many fathers, including FAIR and the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which recently released a report blaming immigrants for global warming. In response to the CIS study, America’s Voice created a video exposing the shoddy “research” behind the study. Given that Malkin doesn’t even attempt to substantiate her claims with data, we’ll let her own writing speak for itself.
“I cannot wait for the next installment of the anti-immigrant blame game,” said Paco Fabián, Communications Director at America’s Voice. “Malkin wrote: ‘The chickens are coming home to roost. And law-abiding, responsible taxpayers are going to pay for it.’ Well, articles like this are just fueling Latino and immigrant political participation in unprecedented levels, and hundreds of thousands of new citizen voters will be coming home to roost on Election Day. Latinos are tired of immigration being used as an excuse for every problem under the sun by certain pundits and politicians, and they will make their voices heard in November.”
To view other installments of the anti-immigrant blame game and to vote on what the right wing will try to pin on immigrants next, go to http://www.AmericasVoiceOnline.org/BlameTheImmigrants.
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