Dana Milbank has an excellent list of the lies that are being told to stir up fear against illegal aliens: tall tales of beheadings, claims that border violence is increasing when it is actually decreasing, fantasy claims that Phoenix is the #2 kidnapping capital in the world, blaming illegal immigrants for most police killings, and whoppers about the majority of illegal immigrants being drug mules.
In fact, it is hard to find a reason being offered for the Arizona immigration crackdown that is not based on a lie. For example, in addition to blaming illegal immigrants for pretty much everything that ails Arizona, they also claim that the racist Arizona law is necessary because the feds are not doing anything about illegal immigration. But this is simply not true. The Obama administration’s crackdown on companies that hire illegal aliens is far more effective than the work-site roundups of illegal workers done by the Bush administration.
And most of these lies are coming from people who should know better. Governor Jan Brewer doesn’t even seem to care, repeating lies over and over again that have already been debunked. Even more disgusting is Senator John McCain, who has cravenly done a massive flip-flop on the issue and is now spreading even more falsehoods.
I’m nauseated that the mainstream media seems willing to go along with many of these lies. There are exceptions of course, including this brilliant piece from Jon Stewart: