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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Representative Sanchez: Az Law Written by White Supremacists

That's not exactly what she said, but it's close.

A California congresswoman is pointing the finger at white supremacist groups, who she says have inspired Arizona's new law cracking down on illegal immigrants.

Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., told a Democratic Club on Tuesday that white supremacist groups are influencing lawmakers to adopt laws that will lead to discrimination.

"There's a concerted effort behind promoting these kinds of laws on a state-by-state basis by people who have ties to white supremacy groups," said the lawmaker, who is of Mexican descent. "It's been documented. It's not mainstream politics."

Sanchez made this claim based on the theory of Andrea Nill of Think Progress. Meanwhile, Nill made her claim because an arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) helped to write the bill and the Southern Poverty Law Center once labeled FAIR a hate group. Sanchez has since backed away from her comments and now claims that she was taken out of context.

This continues the trend, however, of the Arizona law being used as the centerpiece of a debate on culture rather than immigration. With such outlandish and provocative statements, there is blowback. This was no different. Here's how George Miller responded.

It's trying to find somebody somewhere you can accuse of something, It's red herring. (She's) trying to change the debate from what the law says.

Sanchez will likely take a hit for this but once again we're not talking about fixing our borders and instead getting into side issues.

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