Scott Smith Raising Campaign Funds with Anti-Immigration Rhetoric

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Former Mesa Mayor and GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Smith, known as a relative moderate on immigration, is joining in the inflammatory anti-immigrant rhetoric of his colleagues in a bid to score campaign contributions.

In an e-mail fundraising blast sent out to potential contributors on Monday, Smith bashed Barack Obama, unnamed "liberal attorneys," and "illegal border crossers," in a hard-line screed reminiscent of disbarred, disgraced ex-county attorney Andy Thomas, also a GOP candidate for governor.

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Smith, leaning right on immigration, despite a record of moderation...

President Obama's immigration policy is an abject failure, claims Smith in the e-mail, and "threatens lives and our national security."

"Instead of granting blanket amnesty to thousands of people who entered our country illegally, the President should first secure our border," he adds.

"Blanket amnesty"? Is that a reference to the President's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program? If so, DACA, as the name suggests, only defers removal proceedings for two years at a time, and only applies to DREAMers who meet certain conditions.

It's hardly amnesty, blanket or otherwise. Smith knows better.

One quote in the e-mail, putatively from Smith (though, as we all know, written for him by some hack), springs out in large font, from a red background.

"If you cross into this country illegally," it warns ominously, "you will be removed just as quickly as you got here, no matter who you are."

Repeating a claim he made in a gubernatorial debate on KFYI 550 a.m., Smith states that he's asked DHS to "use the Expedited Removal Hearings process" to fast-track the deportations of recent arrivals from Central America, including the 52,000 unaccompanied minors who have been taken into custody since October.

Smith spokesman David Leibowitz maintained via e-mail that what Smith was advocating could be done under current federal law.

Leibowitz said in part that:

"[The Mayor] believes that when it comes to the recent surge we've experienced at the border, that the best solution is to use expedited removals to send a clear message meant to defeat the cartels - if you come here illegally, you will be sent back. Again, this process is in accordance with US law."

Not according to immigration law expert Karen Tumlin, managing attorney of the National Immigration Law Center's Los Angeles office.

Tumlin says that the children coming to the U.S. from countries other than Mexico and Canada cannot be placed into expedited removal due to a 2008 law signed by President George W. Bush.

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Linda Miku
Linda Miku

Damn...I thought he was by far and away the best of the GOP candidates. Too bad you folded, Scott.

Roger Morris
Roger Morris

of course is playing to the right wing stupid party that doesn't read their own immigration bill is her laws. if it looks brown skin Latino/Mexican aka Obama brown skin with brown Team GOP is going to play to that extreme racist party for dollar bill because they know black people are not going to give them any money worse than a long line to vote for their keep the cars coming keep the cars coming in black professor is try to go through the back door of his house. get on the ground get on the ground. he claims he owns the place. stay on the ground stay on the ground. oh by the way can you vote for me.

JoAnn Bradley
JoAnn Bradley

Too bad they all have to play to the extreme right and then try to move back later. It makes them all seem like liars.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

So let me get this straight... he wants to send a message to the people who are coming here, people who are NOT the cartels, but the people displaced by cartel violence...


"to send a clear message meant to defeat the cartels"


But expedited deportations will send a message to the cartels, according to this idiot....


even though the people coming here are NOT the cartel members...


What kind of a special idiot is this guy??? He makes even Jaffy/Robert and fishingblues seem intelligent...


bookchuck1
bookchuck1

And here I was thinking he might be the sane one in this lot. That may be asking too much, with the bandwagon just too easy to jump on. They might all do well to remember that it's the Independents that usually decide the winners in the general election, around here.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I'm surprised at you, Scott. I always thought that you're basically a decent guy. I was wrong. O is doing whatever he can to ameliorate the problem of illegal immigration through executive action because Republicans are doing nothing. You might get more votes from independents and a few Dems if you jumped on you fellow GOTPers for their persistent inaction on this issue. Meanwhile, lay off the demagoguery.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 O is doing whatever he can to ameliorate the problem , really. Lawyer them up ,give them bus tickets to anywhere in the country and expect them to show up for their court date is not what I and a lot of other people would call a plan of action .The hospitals are overwhelmed , resources are diminishing and now we have citizens turning away bus loads of those people from entering their towns .Mexican politicians aren't putting their military in the areas where these people are swarming in from and Obama does nothing he should institute  a boycott of Mexico immediately get the Red Cross and National Guard down there now and begin repatriating those people and get our border agents back doing the job we are paying them to do not providing daycare .

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@john043012 Yeah it really sucks that these people are human beings, with humanitarian HUMAN rights that we have to recognize... PER OUR OWN LEGAL SYSTEM


just dreadful.. that you can't treat them like non-humans just because they don't live in the privileged land that you were born into, land that you as well did not earn, you have due to birth, not effort.....


Just so dreadful that you can't continue to treat another human being worse than we treat animals....


So dreadful that you probably said "but they are animals" when you read the above sentence... or at least thought it, as you know you did and we know you did....


Isn't it amazing how when it's across an ocean or on another continent, we, the US (that means YOU) love to tell everyone else that they have to take them in for humanitarian reasons.. but of course those rules we apply to everyone else don't apply to us....


One of these days you will grow up and join the HUMAN race.. or die... either way, the actual problem gets solved.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@fishingblues 

News for you buttboy, a cockroach's opinion means more than yours does.

sangerplan
sangerplan

@Flyer9753 this is true, we should treat them as well as our animals and make sure that they're spayed or neutered and have all of their shots before we send them back home.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Flyer9753  


gosh fly,  your little tirade had me in tears.


Fucking bleeding heart moron.  


By the way, illegals' opinions do not count on this issue.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Cozz    <=====  the self-confessed pedophile and bug fucker claims to be into little boy's butts and cockroaches and the stupid fucker advertises it on the internet.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@TheyCallMeMrTibbs @fishingblues @eric.nelson745


Well tibby, only sleazy,perverted pedophiles who see porn when they look at it.  Is that what you see and is that what you meant?


"just saying" <=== another trite, juvenile, stupid fucking phrase used by the mentally challenged and unimaginative.  

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@fishingblues 

You really should put the crack pipe down and get some help Buttboy.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Cozz @fishingblues


"cozz I'm retarded" sure seems to be intimately familiar with crack and little boy's butts.  The frightening thing is, you don't seem to be ashamed of it.  You twisted twink, little shit-stain.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@66rock 


Well aren't you sensitive?  Given that I wasn't speaking to you, I assume you are still mad that I outed you as a pompous  ass and liar on the "I have more money than you"  issue.  Stupid bitch!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@TheyCallMeMrTibbs @eric.nelson745  


You twisted (and likely illegal) twinks' opinions are soooo important to me.  


Jazus!  You fuckers are too much.  Who the fuck do you think cares what you say?  


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