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Republicans Have Enabled Hate Speech – History Will Judge Them Harshly

Anti-immigrant Leader With Ties to GOP Calls for President to Be Lynched

WASHINGTON – The nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), released the statement below on behalf of Kica Matos in response to hate-filled statements about President Obama by Stephen Steinlight, of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). CIS provides Congressional Republicans and the Tea Party rely with hateful, anti-immigrant propaganda. The statement was picked up by Imagine 2050 and America’s Voice:

“Steinlight’s appalling, hateful, and dangerous rhetoric must be condemned far and wide – they simply have no place in public discourse. But the problem is bigger than the statement. It’s that the violent rhetoric is part of a broader pattern within the GOP.

“Hateful remarks like these are part of a noticeable effort coming from leading Republicans to dehumanize everyone they hate – from President Obama to immigrant communities. Just last week, Tea Party leader and former presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann attacked children fleeing violence, comparing them to rapists and criminals. Republicans are hoping to unify their base, not through solutions that compete in the political arena, but through hatred, violent rhetoric, and by scaring children who are fleeing for...

Bachmann’s Hateful Statements Are Inexcusable, Must Be Condemned

WASHINGTON – The nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), released the following statement on behalf of Kica Matos in response to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) denigrating comments about the refugee children running away from gangs and violence and coming to the U.S. for help:

“The Republicans’ callous attitudes about vulnerable populations is nothing new. But smearing vulnerable children in danger of being tortured and killed is a dangerous, horrendous new low.

“If Bachmann and the Republicans had their way, we would send all of these children to their graves or to the ranks of the most dangerous gangs in the continent – those are the choices the children face. Republicans will apparently stop at nothing, having crossed a moral line that no elected official should ever be allowed to cross: denigrating vulnerable children and hitting them when they’re down.

“What’s worse, Bachmann’s comments did not happen by accident. They are part of a broader agenda by top Republican brass to send their henchmen out to smear the children and satisfy their own political ambitions – they will not let any sense of truth or shame get in the way of a political opportunity. Republicans are trying to use these...

Help the Salazar Family

Our broken system separates 1,100 families a day. Right now, Angel’s dad is in detention — they could be separated at any moment. Please listen to their plea for help and take action. Call (202) 732-4262 and tell the ICE public advocate to keep Leonel Salazar with his family in Arkansas and STOP his deportation.


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