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12 Crazy, Desperate, Hate-Filled Republican Reactions to Obama's Immigration Order

November 21, 2014 in Blogs

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The GOP again shows its ugly side.

There’s no shortage of borderline behavior coming from Republicans who are fuming that President Obama is using the power of his office to protect 40 percent of the nation’s unauthorized immigrants from deportation—the same percentage that were helped in similar ways by Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush a quarter-century ago.

Two of the House’s most reliably inflammatory Republicans, retiring Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-MN, and Rep. Steven King, R-IA, were traveling to the Mexican border on Friday to speak out against Obama’s actions that will shield 5 million people from deportation, grant work and study permits, and restructure federal priorities toward border security and fighting crime, not randomly breaking up families. 

Whether the GOP’s noise machine will amount to more bark than bite, politically, remains to be seen. But even if the party’s anti-immigrant wing flounders, as many legal experts expect, the vitriol of far too many Republicans in Congress, governor’s mansions and other top state offices show how anti-immigrant discrimination is rampant in GOP circles.

Here’s a sampling of stridently anti-immigrant comments from a dozen leading Republicans in recent days, some of it overtly discriminatory, others cloaked in more political language.

1. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-MN: Before Obama’s announcement Thursday, Bachmann told reporters that the White House would bring in “millions” of “illiterate” immigrants who would end up as voters. She didn't stop there, however, but went on to deride the “social cost” of “millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign nationals coming into the United States who can’t speak the English language.” When asked by reporters why she described immigrants as “illiterate,” Bachmann replied, “I’m not using a pejorative term against people who are non-American citizens. I’m only repeating what I heard from Hispanic Americans down at the border.” She also said newly protected immigrants would lead to widespread voter fraud, another right-wing fantasy not supported by factual evidence.

2. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX: The Senate demagogue has been leading the escalating GOP charge accusing Obama of acting more like a king than an elected leader. On Wednesday, …read more


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