Coalition denounces recent anti-immigrant rhetoric
Group calls for public pressure to enact reform legislation
A coalition of civil rights, community and faith groups Thursday denounced the recent rash of anti-immigrant statements in Wisconsin and elsewhere as extreme and hurtful.
And they called on the public to "get engaged," contact members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation and urge them to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation, which they said polls show the public overwhelmingly supports.
Members of the coalition referred specifically to immigrant "hunting permits" that have been sold in Germantown.
And they condemned the comments by Steven Krieser, the former assistant deputy for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, who said last week that when he looks at immigrants he sees Satan. He was promptly fired by Gov. Scott Walker.
"The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce commends Gov. Walker's swift action in firing Krieser, who spewed his own Satanic venom," Hispanic Chamber President and CEO Maria Monreal-Cameron said at the news conference at Milwaukee City Hall.
"He has no place in a Walker administration," she said.
Speakers also hit comments made by U.S. Rep. Steven King (R-Iowa), who said many immigrant youth aren't valedictorians but drug mules with "calves the size of cantaloupes" from carrying drugs across the border.
Television ads that are being run by the group the Federation for American Immigration Reform in Wisconsin aimed at U.S. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) were also criticized by Darryl Morin, the national vice president for the Midwest of the League of United Latin American Citizens.
The ads claim Ryan supports "amnesty" and that immigration reform will take jobs from those in his district.
"We're concerned that a group that has been identified with hate groups is allowed to run these ads, and these ads should be stopped," Morin said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has said FAIR has ties to white supremacist groups.
Morin said a recent Pew poll showed that immigration reform was supported by 71% of respondents. "There's broad support, yet sadly there's a vocal, but small, minority that talks of hate and their actions are hurtful," he said.
"The problem is not the people, but the system that's out of date and can't be defended," said Sister Josephe Marie Flynn of the Justice for Immigrants Committee of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
"We need a system that honors our values," she said, noting the number of families that have been separated through deportations and people who have died in the desert trying to cross.
The Rev. Joseph Ellwanger, representing the Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope and a longtime civil right activists, said of the recent comments: "Clearly, this is anti-immigrant sophomoric humor gone awry.... As people of faith, we need to make sure people are treated with dignity and stand in clear opposition to this." http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/co...
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