Skip to comments.Chris Cannon [R-UT] "Loose with facts, demeans American public discourse"
Posted on 03/26/2004 2:23:25 PM PST by lonewacko_dot_com
(Washington, D. C. - March 26, 2004) The FAIR Congressional Task Force today issued the following statement regarding comments made by Rep. Christopher Cannon:
At a recent hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives, Utah Rep. Christopher Cannon tried to indict American immigration reform activists with a series of smears, frauds and half-truths designed - at least in his mind - to discredit all Americans who believe in sensible immigration and border reform policies. In making these assertions, Congressman Cannon crosses the line into the realm of fabrication, taking what is a strength - the broad based nature of the nation's immigration reform lobby - and trying to make it into a weakness.
Contrary to Cannon's wild assertions, FAIR and the FAIR CTF have never taken any position on sterilization, abortion, eugenics or euthanasia.
Rep. Cannon claims that he has exposed the "anti-life" agenda of those who want better immigration enforcement and lower overall immigration levels. In repackaging tired, old and hackneyed allegations - mostly old lies and gross distortions - Cannon uses classic "red jacketing" or a heinous form of guilt by association by passing off inaccurate information about third parties and seeking to paint everyone with the same distorted brush. Rep. Cannon demeans the nature of American political discourse and deserves the censure of all right-thinking Americans.
FAIR was criticized, of course, with ancient frauds and distortions - some dating back nearly twenty years. Some allegations involve persons dead 50 years - and persons who certainly had no contact with FAIR. He also claims immigration reformers want Mexican babies to die...
Why would Rep. Cannon do this? His statements appear injudicious and extreme - almost unbalanced and desperate. Apparently he is seized with the conviction that immigration reformers - really just average citizens across America -- prevented him from gaining the chairmanship of the immigration subcommittee.
Although we believe Rep. Cannon's conduct undermines his capacity to assume the chairmanship of any committee in Congress, we assert our First Amendment right to reply and offer this as an answer.
The immigration issue is a delicate and sensitive area of U.S. public policy. In previous decades, successive administrations and Congress's have sought to appoint blue-ribbon commissions to handle the subject. All of those commissions have called for less immigration and a serious effort to curtail illegal immigration. Polls show most Americans agree. And unfortunately for Rep. Cannon, his cheap labor agenda - rewarding law breakers and promoting taxpayer rip offs -- is opposed by most of those he purports to represent. He has also pursued reckless and obstructionist policies that are a clear threat to national security. He opposes improvements in state/local enforcement cooperation, opposes stronger border regulation, opposes effective interior enforcement, opposes efforts to deter illegal immigration by denying access to benefits and opposes any effort to rationalize the immigration system to reduce the overall flow and its burden on America's communities.
FAIR is an eclectic, diversified organization with a broad funding base and a broad-based political membership favoring immigration laws that serve the nation. FAIR and the FAIR CTF also work with diversified coalitions.
Many of Cannon's "revelations" have already been answered in the Front Page Magazine article 'Lies about the Immigration Reform Movement'.
See this page for Cannon's contact information:
118 Cannon House
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7751
Fax: (202) 225-5629
Thanks! I'll read their platform. I changed my registration to the Constitution Party a while back because I was absolutely disgusted with the Republican party.