THE BLOG
05/26/2011 05:38 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Nominees Wanted: Local Immigration Hall of Shame

When obstructionists and demagogues on the national level spread misinformation and fear, it gets attention.

We hear about it when Congressman Steve King calls for an electrified wire border fence, arguing "we do that with livestock all the time."

We hear about it when Michele Bachmann goes on FOX News and tells Bill O'Reilly that every law enforcement officer in the nation should be required to ask for proof of immigration. And we hear about it when Rep. Brian Bilbray spreads rumors that undocumented immigrants are "drawn to this nation by... taxpayer-funded jobs." The question is: what aren't we hearing about? More and more, the fight for immigration reform is happening on the state and local level, where demagogue statements and actions can all too often go unnoticed by the public. That's where you come in. Do you know of a local or state politician who is spreading fear about immigrants, proposing Arizona-style laws, or obstructing immigration reform? Nominate them for our upcoming Local Immigration Hall of Shame.

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In April, Immigrants' List unveiled its National Immigration Hall of Shame, exposing the 10 Washington politicians most obstructing substantive immigration reform.

Now, we want to bring that same spotlight to local elected officials.

We know about a state rep. in Kansas who said, "It looks like to me if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works maybe we have found a [solution] to our illegal immigration problem."

We know legislators in many states are pushing for copycats of the Arizona bill.

And we know of countless examples of politicians engaging in extremism for their own political advantage, thinking that nobody's paying attention.

Tell them we're paying attention.

Nominate a politician for the Local Immigration Hall of Shame.