Americans who wonder why so many illegal immigrants sneak across the border rather than filing the paperwork necessary to immigrate the legal way probably don’t understand how difficult and lengthy a process legal immigration can be, said Oklahoma City immigration attorneys T. Douglas Stump and Michael Brooks-Jimenez.

Despite Arizona Forest Service officials saying that Senator John McCain didn’t know what he was talking about when he said that undocumented immigrants start fires, a few other extreme personalities have decided to ignore that fact and are deciding to drive the right-wing narrative by blaming immigrants for everything.

For years now, immigrants have been blamed for things like homegrown terrorism via “terror babies,” global warming, the health care crisis, the demise of Wall Street, and spreading leprosy and bird flu (among other diseases). Arizona Senator John McCain (R), one-time immigrant champion, is adding another to our growing list. Now the one-time GOP Presidential hopeful is blaming immigrants for starting forest fires

News Taco reports that Tea Party leader and founder of the Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas, Rebecca Forest, stated that Hispanic legislators are the reason enough anti-immigration legislation hasn’t passed this legislative season. Her solution to the “problem?” Get rid of them.

Rep. Lamar Smith, the Republican Chair of the House Judiciary Committee — and one of the notoriously anti-immigrant “Three Amigos,” just can’t help himself when it comes to attacking and demonizing immigrants. Today, This time, Smith — the GOP’s top political strategist for Latino outreach — is taking on asylum-seekers fleeing persecution and seeking freedom in America.

Just less than 7 percent of people booked into San Diego County jails were identified as illegal immigrants, according to figures released by the federal government covering a 21-month period between May 2009 and February 2011.

The New York Times profiled John Tanton, documenting his role in founding the leading anti-immigrant groups FAIR, CIS and NumbersUSA . The article also exposed Tanton’s extremist views and ties white nationalist organizations.

Via Adam Serwer at the American Prospect, we learn that Mark Krikorian’s organization has jumped on the “Terror Baby” bandwagon – with a “laughably debunkable” report.

The claim by Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), the chair of the House Immigration Subcommittee, that he is focused on “illegal” immigration was disabused at his latest hearing. Instead, the Chairman pitted native-born workers against foreign-born workers (plenty of whom are citizens). We also learned something about the GOP’s jobs agenda. After all of that time waiting to hear about something even slightly related to that subject from Republican leaders, we found out that it revolves around Elton Gallegly’s (R-CA) grandchildren.

Just a quick note to our friends on Capitol Hill – the Florida Independent reports that you’ll have a fiery new colleague walking the halls of Congress, asking you to lunch and offering her, um, constructive suggestions about how to win the hearts and minds of America – including “hanging” undocumented immigrants and then “sending them back where they came from.”