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As the 2012 GOP presidential primary race continues and as fallout over state-based anti-immigrant laws occurs, anti-immigration rhetoric has heated up on both the state and national level, with public figures perpetuating a number of myths that previously circulated primarily among xenophobic organizations. Political Correction has rounded up this year's top five myths about immigration, which focus on immigrant voter fraud, prosecutorial discretion, in-state tuition laws, building a border fence, and mass deportations. A closer look at these myths shows what you might expect — that they're based in expedient political rhetoric and not on facts.
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From the November 22, 2011, CNN Republican National Security Debate:
November 03, 2011 1:20 pm ET filed under Video
Rep. Rokita: People Who Say The Rich Aren't Paying Fair Share "Are Going To Come After The Middle Class"
From a November 2, 2011, statement by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives:
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In 2001, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a law granting in-state tuition benefits to undocumented immigrants. Now that Perry is running for president, his critics, including GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, are using Perry's support for the law to accuse him of being insufficiently tough on immigration. However, Texas' in-state tuition law is both good for the economy and legally sound. Given those facts, critics like Romney should explain why Perry's judgment about the best policy for Texas was wrong instead of simply pandering to anti-immigrant sentiment among GOP primary voters.
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From the September 22, 2011, GOP Presidential Fox News/Google debate:
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With an ad attacking Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias (D), the National Republican Senatorial Committee provides a textbook example of lying by omission. The ad relies on closely cropped audio of Giannoulias stating as state treasurer, "We need an income tax increase." The context the NRSC fails to provide, however, is that Giannoulias would have no power over a change in Illinois' state income tax if elected to the U.S. Senate, just as he had no such power as state treasurer; Giannoulias merely offered a recommendation on state educational funding. Nor does the NRSC bother to tell you that Giannoulias also suggested lowering property taxes to offset an income tax increase. The ad omits further details to suggest that Giannoulias evaded paying his taxes and to unfairly blame him for issues with Illinois' Bright Start program.
October 15, 2010 7:46 pm ET filed under Ad Check
National Republican Congressional Committee is out with an ad attacking Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL) for supporting health care reform. It accuses him of helping to shut down a local loan processing facility and of cutting more than $500 billion from Medicare. However, Boyd was opposed to the provision of health care reform that included student loan reform. More importantly, health care reform strengthens Medicare without cutting seniors' benefits.
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As a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City law school, Kris Kobach assigned students the book Who Are We? by Samuel Huntington. The text, written by Kobach's mentor Huntington, includes passages arguing that Mexican immigration is the cause of the immigration problems in the United States, that all Mexican immigrants should learn English and convert to Evangelical Protestantism, and cautions readers against the rising threat of a Reconquista.
July 15, 2010 11:40 am ET filed under Fact Check
Kansas Republican Kris Kobach, an attorney for FAIR and co-author of SB 1070, has spent a considerable amount of time addressing the tuition rates offered to university students who are illegal immigrants. So far, Kobach has inserted himself into the issue in at least three separate states - leaving a trail of lawsuits and appeals behind him.
May 21, 2010 4:23 pm ET filed under Blog
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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a new bill into law that specifically targets Latino citizens and residents, prohibiting Arizona school districts from teaching Latino-specific curriculum. However, the Arizona legislature and executive office failed to recognize that students enrolled in the now prohibited courses actually do better in school than their peers.