Sam Stein of the Huffington Post directs  our attention to a new hit piece from Frank Sharry's America's Voice that claims that Sen. Jeff Sessions has "just one degree of separation from anti-immigrant hate groups, white nationalism" . As a hit piece, this is like a marshmallow wrapped in a Snuggie.
For instance, they accuse him of playing the "terrorist card" in regards to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, including quoting a floor speech he made. Yet, they don't provide any sort of counter-argument other than implying that Senators shouldn't point out that the CIR bill would enable terrorists. If America's Voice could show that Sessions was wrong about that, they might have a case. Yet, they don't. Apparently they don't want Senators to discuss how a bill would endanger the U.S. or something.
Likewise with Sessions' list of loopholes in the CIR bill, including one that would allow those convicted of aggravated felonies to be amnestied. They don't try to say that he was wrong, they just imply that he shouldn't have mentioned that. The rest of the "backgrounder" consists of the same old warmed-over smears about FAIR and the Center for Immigration Studies, including this:
FAIR, which regularly praised Sessions, has been designated an anti-immigrant hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. That might make some members of Congress think twice about developing a relationship with the group, but clearly not Jeff Sessions.
As detailed at the last link, the SPLC is not in any way a credible source. Some members of Congress are obviously dumb or far-left enough to put faith in what they say, but no one else should.
Thu, 05/07/2009 - 10:50 · Importance: 4