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The Immigration "Dirty Dozen"

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Twelve of the Most Outrageous Statements about Immigrants in the 2010 Election

Washington, DC – The 2010 mid-term campaign season is shaping up to be the most vicious, vitriolic election cycle in recent memory.  The issue of immigration is a perfect example.  Distortions, lies, and stereotypes dominate the airwaves when it comes to immigrants and Latinos.  From threats of violence against immigrants to calls for mass deportation, candidates across the country are unleashing a torrent of hate speech that is both alarming and un-American. 

Who’s the worst of the worst?  To be honest, it’s hard to choose.  Here’s a dozen of the most outrageous statements thus far, plus a couple of honorable mentions.  Consider this the Immigration Politics 2010 Wall of Shame.    

According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, “Maybe candidates think immigrant-bashing comes at no cost, but they are wrong.  Rhetoric like this is offensive to citizens with immigrant roots and anyone with a conscience.” 

The Immigration Dirty Dozen are:

  1. Sharron Angle, U.S. Senate candidate (R-NV)

  2. State Representative John Yates, GA Dist. 73 (R)

  3. U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX-1)

  4. Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ)

  5. Joe Miller, U.S. Senate candidate (R-AK)

  6. Kris Kobach, Secretary of State candidate (R-KS)

  7. Senator David Vitter (R-LA)

  8. Brian Sandoval, gubernatorial candidate (R-NV)

  9. State Representative Peter Palumbo, RI Dist. 16 (D)

  10. Allen West, congressional candidate (R-FL-22)

  11. Ruth McClung, congressional candidate (R-AZ-7)

  12. Meg Whitman, gubernatorial candidate (R-CA)

Honorable Mentions:

Harold Johnson, congressional candidate (R-NC-8)

Sixty-six candidates for federal office who signed the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) candidate pledge

Access the full list of the Immigration “Dirty Dozen,” with explanations for why they made the list here.

View summaries of candidate positions on immigration in fifty-four races here

Read more about the politics of immigration in the 2010 elections here


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