Unjustified Attacks

July 25, 2013

Rep. Steven King (R-IOWA), who has been outspoken against providing undocumented immigrant children with a pathway to citizenship, said, "For every one who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act."

King made the remark in an interview with Newsmax to explain why he opposes the DREAM Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented children of immigrants who entered the country illegally with their immigrant parents when they were children. Leaders of his party support granting a pathway to citizenship for this group.

King's ignorant and factless remarks were condemned by The White House, immigration advocates, and members of his own party. Several members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus also denounced his remarks.

Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) said, "My parents brought me to this country at the age of 11.They brought me here for the freedom. They brought me here for the opportunities, and they never told me to strap 75 pounds of marijuana on my thighs so we can sell it in America."

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OHIO) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) joined those who criticized King. Boehner said the remarks were "wrong", while Cantor said called them "inexcusable."

King is the Republican lawmaker that introduced the legislation to stop the Obama policy that deferred deportation for some of the young undocumented aliens. That legislation passed the House in June.

As a member of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, he has repeatedly called a pathway to citizenship "amnesty".

Instead of retracting his comments King defended them . The Hill quoted the congressman:
“It’s not something that I’m making up. This is real,” King said. “We have people that are mules, that are drug mules, that are hauling drugs across the border, and you can tell by their physical characteristics what they’ve been doing for months, going through the desert with 75 pounds of drugs on their back, and if those who advocate for the Dream Act, if they choose to characterize this about valedictorians, I gave them a different image that we need to be thinking about because we just simply can’t be passing legislation looking only at one component of what would be millions of people.”
Another radical Republican, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), defended KIng saying:
“What he sees is that, by allowing a fake, backdoor amnesty to the, quote, children of illegal aliens, we’re looking at what is probably the largest subset of illegal aliens in the United States. This is just a backdoor form for allowing amnesty to illegal aliens. That’s all this is. So I stand with him on that effort.”
Those who oppose a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented aliens, and even certain groups of legal aliens in the CNMI, often stereotype, employ character assassination or claim that by granting a pathway to citizenship to some, something will somehow be taken away from U.S. citizens.

As an example, Ana Teregeyo, President of the Northern Marianas Descent Corp., held a press conference this week to express opposition to the CNMI's legal, long-term nonresidents receiving a path to permanent residency status as provided in the recently passed Senate immigration bill. Among her baseless remarks were these:
"Section 2109 of the bill will alter and disrupt the social, political, and economic livelihood and aspirations of the indigenous peoples of the Northern Marianas who are of Northern Marianas descent.” 
. . ."children and future generations would not have the opportunity they are enjoying right now if the bill becomes law."
A recent letter to the editor published in the Marianas Variety, in which CNMI small business owners were all negatively lumped together to be categorized in a bad light, further illustrates how stereotyping is used to unjustly attack an entire group:
"Non-U.S. visa businesses operating in our commonwealth are problematic. After years of debate and multiple comment periods, brilliantly crafted regulations for the CNRA addressed these issues in the best interests of local citizens by requiring U.S. visas by 2014 with no possible extensions. These questionable businesses are the source of CNMI labor abuse, originate human trafficking and exploitation, pay little in tax revenue, made baby tourism a CNMI industry, distribute the ice, operate the Saipan sex trade industry, may be fugitives at home, don’t know or follow U.S. labor laws, are constantly guilty of guest worker non-payment, and SELDOM EMPLOY U.S. CITIZENS." 
Exaggerations, stereotypical remarks, biased generalizations, and attack statements that lack substance and cannot be backed by data or facts confuse the issues and unjustly harm innocent people. They create obstacles and unnecessary delays in reaching resolutions.  They add smoke to already heated discussions to further blur the truth. It is up to responsible peeple to publicly oppose such baseless attacks.

8 comments:

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Anonymous said...

there are folks on both sides of the issue that go to the extreme. The fact remains that not all of the tens of millions of illegals already here or on their way here are as good or bad as the extremes make them appear. Consider these cases though, 14 illegal immigrant males repeatedly raped a 13 girl, filming the attack. a 17 yr old illegal brutally raped and beat to death a 93 yr old woman....... both attacks happening this week. Ask yourself this question, knowing what you know about the competency of our fed government do you trust them to be able to weed out quality candidates such as these when the time comes to legitimize the status of 10s of millions of illegals already here??? What has happened in the CNMI, with the difficulty in handling the only 10-15 thousand foreign nationals here should give you pause. the 17 yr old in case mentioned above came here four months ago as he wanted to get in on this dreamer amnesty, as found in the police report, There is no need to rush any immigration bill through as it is not the most important issue facing American citizens today. That is who the U.S. Senators and Reps work for, folks like that poor 93year old woman, not illegals nor special interest groups on either side of the political spectrum.

Anonymous said...

5:49. One of the best statements I've seen. Looking through the eyes of the ultra left wing Liberal you will see the DREAMERS as hard working college ready upstanding future citizens. That's it there are no other kind. Now the reality. There are those that have something to truly offer the United States then there are the others. The others are hardened people who are either fleeing their home countries, bringing drugs across the border or plan on it when they become citizens. These facts are like sunlight shining into a vampires eyes for the Democrats. They will not address this but ignore it fully. Take for example the statistics of gang violence in Los Angeles. Read it. The vast majority of gang violence is being done by immigrants, migrants and DREAMERS. There is no disputing this. Tens of thousands of them.

Anonymous said...

There are good immigrants and bad immigrants just like there are good Americans and bad Americans. The MAJORITY of the immigrants are not criminals.

Anonymous said...

And all of them are not citizens.......the USA shouldnt.be pressured by them or special intrest groups into putting them on a path to becoming citizens. not untol the pressing issues facing US citizens are addressed and immigration reform isnt one of them...

Anonymous said...

Good people can argue that they are or are not criminals but by virtue of being "illegal" i.e. in the U.S. in violation of the law I for one side on the side that they are criminals

to what degree depends, have they ever used a false identity or SS# to obtain a job or school??

if so the level of criminality elevates.....

Wendy Doromal said...

These comments reflect what this post was about -generalizing, stereotyping and negatively portraying an entire group for the sake of pushing an agenda item or position.

4:06 it is against federal law to require a student to present a SS number or to have a US birth certificate to be enrolled in school. No child, regardless of his/her immigration status, can be denied an education in the US. Read the law.

Many undocumented immigrants became undocumented because of paperwork problems that they could not resolve in time or their desire to stay with family members. To criminalize illegal status is a reflection of how mean-spirited our society has become.

5:49 and 10:39 Americans welcome the tax money that undocumented aliens contribute -an estimated $10.6 billion in 2010. How many employers -businesses and individuals -knowingly hire undocumented aliens because they can exploit them? They are breaking the law also. A study determined that granting legal status would increase jobs in America, not cause Americans to lose jobs the false mantra from the right claims. Read it here

As far as gangs, youth join gangs for a sense of belonging and sometimes survival. A scholarly article by Misty Keith states: "If society as a whole would simply reach out more voluntarily to the disadvantaged youth, perhaps there would be an improved window of hope to do away with gangs entirely. America’s youth deserve a better chance at life, more than what they are getting. Society can provide them what they need and drastically reduce juvenile gang crime at the same time."

captain said...

Wendy, in regards to a birth Certificate or SS card NOT being required for enrollment in school.

In Hawaii in the past I had big problems with this.
My boy was born in Okinawa and had a US passport although expired but he had no birth Certificate as the Hospital he was born in was no longer in existent after the reversion back to Japan control.

For years I faught with the school system and even had to get a restraining order against the school to allow my boy in.
I also was required by all agencies to get an SS card for my son.
I finally had to renew my sons passport (with some problems as he had a baby picture on it.

The same with my other children I had to get an present an SS card and birth Cert.

To get a drivers license also I had to present an SS card but they accepted my passport in lieu of birth Cert., also my daughter had to present an SS card also to get a drivers license or ID.

I went to court to get my SS number off of my driver license.
This also happened in the NMI in regards to a drivers license, they insisted on using my SS number as the drivers license number.
Again I had to take legal action to keep it off of the drivers license and other documents.

So I wonder just how ma ny other states are still practicing this approach and are not knowledgeable about the Fed law.