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IMM SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR COMPARES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO SNUFF FILM PEDDLERS

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Stay classy, Elton.


From HuffPost Hill.


IMMIGRATION SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS?....OR SNUFF FILM PEDDLERS?!?!?! - Suzy Khimm has dug up a 2009 op-ed by the newly-minted Immigration Policy and Enforcement Subcommittee Chair Elton Gallegly in which the California Republican links an increase in undocumented workers to the dissemination of snuff films. "[G]ang activity, illegal gambling, drug trafficking, illegal immigration and acts of human violence all go hand in hand with animal cruelty," wrote Gallegly. In the congressman's own words, snuff films are adult videos "where small--and sometimes large--animals were crushed to death under the stiletto heels or bare feet of scantily clad women for the sexual excitement of the viewer." Although the piece has been taken down, Kihmm describes Gallegly's bizarre line of reasoning and goes on to highlight other instances of him linking tired and poor huddled masses yearning to be free with killing gerbils with Jimmy Choos. A reminder, this guy leapfrogged into the chairmanship because Steve King was deemed too insane. OK! [MoJo]

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  1. Another Voice's Avatar
    Republicans staying true to their traditional culture wars and fear mongering!!!
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    It could be worse...he could have said illegal immigrants resulted in a lot of illegitimate babies..which is probably true considering the likes of David "diaperhead" Vitter...with his love of prostitutes who knows what he fathered!
  3. gg's Avatar
    Obama , Mcain to meet at whitehouse today ... private meeting
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    I thought the republicans were concerned with Government spending and the size of government???

    Immigration Prosecutions Climb With Record Deportations: Study

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/02/immigration-prosecution-deportation-study_n_817323.html
  5. What!'s Avatar
    I am not surprised with Repub trying every freaking thing to get immigrants out of this country.

    I dont know the authors background but it seems like he might be one of the immigrants himself and this post absolutely ridiculed me. http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=41537 by Ian de Silva

    What i got from the piece of junk is "I am through, screw the rest. Close all the doors behind me."
  6. Another Voice's Avatar
    "I am not surprised with Repub trying every freaking thing to get immigrants out of this country."

    A little insight for all of those who thought the repubs were going to answer your prayers....
  7. George Chell's Avatar
    Idiotic article by Ian deSilva and more idiotic responses. Perhaps they should kick people like DeSilva out in exchange for Americans being kicked out of foreign countries.
  8. George Chell's Avatar
    The antis can have their country and their sovereignty back after they pay China and other foreign creditors....

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/02/toomey-pushes-pay-china-first-plan.php
  9. gg's Avatar
    Mac is back !!!. Discussed immigration with Obama and will meet again to discuss immigration

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/48736.html
  10. Jack's Avatar
    "COMPARES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO SNUFF FILM PEDDLERS"

    Greg's statement sounds like Gallegly is likening being an illegal alien to being a snuff film peddler. He is not. Amazingly, if you read the original Gallegly article (linked below), he doesn't even make the snuff film-illegal alien connection the Mother Jones author says he does! Based on her article, I figured he must have said *something* about snuff films and illegal aliens but he doesn't! Her article is so ridiculously misleading it's actually kind of shocking. No wonder she doesn't link to it and instead says something about it being pulled. Don't reflexively buy into this one even if you agree with her anti-enforcement position and would love to damage Gallegly.

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    Poor Elton Gallegly. By virtue of his new position as immigration subcommittee chair, it appears that people with an anti-enforcement bias are out to discredit him--even if it requires

    stretching a general association he made into a specific point he did not. Suzy Khimm writes:

    In a July 2009 op-ed for The Hill, Gallegly argued for the passage of his animal-crush bill, noting that such snuff films are somehow connected to illegal immigration and crime: "[G]ang

    activity, illegal gambling, drug trafficking, illegal immigration and acts of human violence all go hand in hand with animal cruelty."

    There's a little problem with that accusation--he DIDN'T note that. The article is available at:


    http://thehill.com/special-reports/animal-welfare-july-2009/55631-animal-welfare-cruelty-barbaric-in-itself-and-tied-to-other-offenses

    If you read it, you'll notice that the sole paragraph about crush videos has NOTHING about illegal immigration. Thus, Khimm's headline is highly misleading. To combine a general statement

    about animal cruelty and illegal immigration with the fact that snuff videos are one form of animal cruelty into "linking illegal immigration and animal-crush videos" is an argumentative

    fallacy. Based on the article as a whole, is "House GOPer Links Illegal Immigration to Animal Snuff Films" really a fair and accurate headline? Or is such a loaded title more indicative

    of bias getting in the way of basic logic and reading comprehension? Is this reporting or just a smear? Gallegly's statement about illegal immigration being among the illegal activities

    which go hand in hand with animal cruelty is hardly controversial. On the subject of cockfighting, The Humane Society writes:

    Cockfighting goes hand in hand with other crimes. Media reports provide accounts of the various criminal activities associated with cockfighting. States with weak cockfighting laws attract

    cockfighters, who bring with them all kinds of social ills, including:

    Homicide
    Narcotics
    Exposing children to violence
    Illegal gambling
    Public corruption
    Illegal immigration


    http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/cockfighting/facts/cockfighting_related_crimes.html




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    Comment from the HumanEvents piece:

    From my perspective, a major part of the visa approval process hinges on the employer providing evidence that their proposed pay for those foreign workers is in line with the median pay in the relevant labour market. But I know from personal experience that those market studies are pretty easy to fudge in your favour through some simple manipulation of the data sets.

    NO WAY!
  11. gg's Avatar
    "
    It could be worse...he could have said illegal immigrants resulted in a lot of illegitimate babies..which is probably true considering the likes of David "diaperhead" Vitter...with his love of prostitutes who knows what he fathered!
    "

    After performing his DREAM ACT and getting caught David Vitter seems to have a mental problem. On one side he opposes abortion while on the other denies birthrights to babies.
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