Just When You Think Sharron Angle Can’t Be Any More Offensive

October 28th, 2010 · 4 Comments

…her campaign unveils this new website playing on the Hasbro company’s Monopoly Game, but instead calling it Harry Reid’s Amnesty Game. While Reid has supported comprehensive immigration reform and recently introduced the DREAM Act as part of a defense bill, he hasn’t crafted an “amnesty” measure. Actually, the last person to really champion amnesty was President Ronald Reagan. Senator Reid has been a proponent of immigration reform of the variety that involves background checks, paying back taxes, learning English, etc. Reid is not “the best friend an illegal alien ever had” and has actually been the target of criticism within the pro-migrant movement, but Sharron Angle has tried to portray him as the big advocate of the undocumented.

The problem with Sharron Angle’s offensive ads and criticisms in the Nevada senate race is that they aren’t even grounded in reality — the reality being that we have undocumented people living here in the US who came before border enforcement was as tough as it is now and that the cost of deporting every one of these individuals will become outrageous. According to Darrell M. West of the Brookings Institution in an opinion piece published today:

“Similar to the views of many Americans, candidates are exaggerating the cost of immigration and underestimating its benefits. Critics assume we can solve the illegal immigration problem through strict law enforcement and putting more money into border protection. Spending on customs and border security rose from $7.4 billion in 2002 to $17 billion so far in 2010, according to the Department of Homeland Security, yet we still have more than 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States.

Part of the misunderstanding is that 40 percent of those folks are here not through illegal border crossings but from overstaying visas. They came to America through lawful means, but didn’t leave when their visas ran out. Half arrived before 2000, according to research by the Pew Hispanic Center, so tougher border enforcement will not eliminate undocumented visitors.

In terms of the drain on government resources, skeptics fail to understand that many illegal immigrants actually pay taxes. They incur sales taxes on purchases, property taxes when they rent or buy homes, income taxes when they are employed, and Social Security payments for jobs. A study by the Social Security Administration, for example, found that undocumented immigrants have contributed an estimated $120 billion to $240 billion to the Social Security trust fund, even though they are ineligible to receive Social Security benefits.”

Instead of addressing the reality of the immigration situation in civil terms, it has become easier and more advantageous for the Angle campaign and others like her to paint immigrants with a broad brush implying that all of these people are deviant or scheming with Senator Reid for some sort of amnesty or other benefit that would harm Nevadans. This race in Nevada has in many ways become a referendum on the immigration discourse and whether the public is going to continue to scapegoat and demonize a whole class of people or move forward with feasible and humane solutions.

As for Sharron Angle’s website with the “amnesty game”, I have a feeling that Hasbro will not let this site stay up for very long, especially since she has co-opted the monopoly game for her own political purposes. The images that Angle’s campaign used for the “illegals” in her previous ads came under the scrutiny of Getty Images because they were actually photos of Mexican men in Mexico.

Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Education · Immigration

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chicano future tense // Oct 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    ooooooh.. joy behar sent chills up and down my spine when she bitch slapped sharron anglo a good one on “the view”..
    joy behar..I think I’m in love ..hehe
    in case you missed joy in action here’s a youtube link..

  • 2 Behar fan // Oct 29, 2010 at 11:54 am


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  • 4 WhatThe.. // Nov 3, 2010 at 10:17 am

    “the reality being that we have undocumented people living here in the US who came before border enforcement was as tough as it is now …”

    What? Have read Federal Immigration Law? It has always been tough it just wasn’t being enforced. When Federal Government has failed in their duty to enforce and protect the State, it it up to the State to protect themselves. Based on the principles of the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution the idea that federal power is strictly limited to specific areas of the Constitution and all other governmental authority rests with the states. The founding fathers believed in a balance between state and federal power. This state sovereignty movement clearly arises from the belief that the balance of power has tilted too far and for too long in the direction of the federal government and that it’s time to restore that lose balance. I believe this is the movement we see today, especially in Arizona, which has been the forefront of news. But in a nutshell, the historical belief is as follows, ”The powers delegated to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite.”

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