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Right-wing lawmakers: Anti-immigrant? Who? Us?

You knew some kind of order had come down from the right-wing powers that be when people like Sean Hannity all of a sudden turned all warm and fuzzy on immigrants.

Now, it appears that the new conservative 180 degree switcheroo has trickled down to the state level. Today, the North Carolina House Select Committee on the State’s Role on Immigration Policy — a group dominated by ultra-conservative lawmakers that had, just months ago, provided a platform for Alamance County’s anti-immigrant sheriff to prattle on at one of its meetings —  met to issue its report in anticipation of the 2013 session. 

Somewhat amazingly, the meeting lasted all of about five very sober minutes and featured only the perfunctory approval of a report that appears merely to make general recommendations and offer no specific legislative proposals at all. No “show us your papers law” proposal — no nothing.

Wow, what a difference and election can make!

It should be fun to see whether the anti-immigrant groups like ALIPAC and NC FIRE are down with the national right-wing marching orders or are, instead, crying foul and calling the House Speaker Tillis a traitor to the cause. Stay tuned.

10 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    December 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I think its more a case of you were wrong in calling them anti immigrant. They have never been anti immigrant but have been supporters of our laws, aren’t you?

  2. Jack

    December 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Business benefits greatly from the exploitation of undocumented workers; whether from counties south of the U.S. border or elsewhere in the world. Therefore, immigration reform is simply a red herring.

  3. Frank Burns

    December 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Consumers benefit as well.

  4. gregflynn

    December 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    It’s fairly well known that these groups and their supporters are opposed to current levels of legal immigration and oppose guest worker programs. They are anti-immigrant, especially Latinos. There’s no two ways about it.

  5. Frank Burns

    December 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Yet it was a Repuplican president who proposed the guest worker program, its the GOP that walks the talk by electing Hisoanic Governors and Senators. Anti immigrant? With two Governors with Indian heritage? I reckon not. It just the empty talking points from the left. They do that a lot.

  6. gregflynn

    December 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    ALIPAC and NC Fire are anti-immigrant. People on the committee like Cleveland and Starnes are also, with ignorant bigoted remarks about people who “look” Hispanic. I’ve witnessed it first-hand, not a talking point. It appears cooler heads in the GOP have prevailed, for the moment.

  7. Frances Jenkins

    December 7, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Do you describe Democrats as left wing? Just try for one time to be fair.

  8. david esmay

    December 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    The GOP talks the immigration reform b.s., but they have to pander to their bigoted and xenophobic base, also conservatives are addicted to cheap labor. It’s their Catch-22, another example of their obsolete dogma.

  9. Frank Burns

    December 10, 2012 at 6:01 am

    David, Your statements are contradictory.

  10. david esmay

    December 10, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I believe my statement points out the dichotomy within the GOP’s position on immigration. In order to remain relevant they have to change, in order to maintain their base, they cannot. The contradiction is yours Frank. If you want to talk contradiction in terms, let’s start with the term “right-wing think tank”, I can’t think of anything more contradictory.

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