The worst thing about Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA) might not be his extremist views towards immigrants and immigration policy. Don’t get me wrong, they’re bad—I mean really bad. But the absolute worst thing about Gallegly has to be his incredible influence in Washington.

Today, the Washington Post’s editorial board slammed an effort to block the DREAM Act through the referendum process — and mocked Delegate Pat McDonough for leading the effort.

As the federal government and state legislatures try to expand the role of police in immigration enforcement, state and local police are pushing back. In Texas, Illinois, California, and elsewhere, law enforcement leaders are speaking out against proposals to gut their community policing policies and require them to participate in the Secure Communities program.

The President needs to take a detour. Heading into 2012, he can’t allow his legacy on immigration to be defined by a record number of deportations and no relief for any of the undocumented immigrants he pledged to legalize. It’s great that the President is using his megaphone to put more pressure on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. We need it. But we also need the Administration to take bold action to reform its enforcement policies and bring them more in line with their stated priorities.

Regular readers of this blog know that Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA) is the chairman of the House Immigration Subcommittee, a card-carrying member of the Mass Deportation Caucus, and the West Coast third of the Three Amigos. Not all Americans are as well-acquainted with Gallegly, however, which is something we’re trying to change with our upcoming ad campaign. We need your help.

There’s more news for those naysayers who claim that undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary.

Last week, the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) estimated that in 2010, the state and local taxes paid by households that are headed by undocumented immigrants came to approximately $11.2 billion in state and local taxes.

California farmers are confirming what we’ve been saying for months: the immigration policies proposed by Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), the chair of the House Subcommittee on Immigration, pose an economic danger to California and its agricultural industry.

Elton Gallegly’s (R-CA) and the other two amigos (Reps. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Steve King (R-IA)) have arranged immigration hearings so that it seems as if they’re holding them to include a range of topics relating to immigration, but they each follow the same formula: pit different groups against each other to create tension and anxiety.

In California’s 2010 race for Governor, Meg Whitman (R) lost — and lost the Latino vote to Jerry Brown (D) by a stunning margin of 86-13%. She’s now expressing concerns about her party’s stance on immigration. Yet, a fellow California, Rep. Elton Gallegly, who chairs the U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration, is defining the GOP through his hard-line anti-immigration views. His efforts to pass a mass deportation strategy, couched as “attrition through enforcement,” could ruin the state’s economy – and his party’s prospects with Latino voters.

Ending the day on a positive note, our neighboring state of Maryland passed an in-state tuition bill for undocumented youth, Tuesday evening. The bill now goes to the desk of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who is expected to sign the legislation into law, thereby bringing Maryland communities together.