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Rick Santorum Makes a Despicable Play

Rick Santorum can’t sink much lower.

If you’re Rick Santorum, and you got your “Christian” ass kicked in your last attempt to become President, what do you do? Evidently, you put on some “blue collar” type clothes (to hide the fact that you’re a millionaire) and start whipping up the Republican base about “those immigrants”.

Not the undocumented folks that your party usually denigrates, oh no, you’re going to get the angry white guys to start hating on legal immigrants, too. It’s a despicable ploy and Santorum should be ashamed of himself:

Rick Santorum claims to be a Catholic, yet he sinks so low as to literally create another avenue of hate for the hateful, with a bald-faced lie:

Since 2000 there have been a little over six million net new jobs created. What percentage of those net new jobs are held by people not born in this country? Half? Sixty? All of them.

Santorum’s statement comes from a report by the Center for Immigration Studies, a not-so-pro-immigration group:

…who’s Senior Policy Analyst Stephen Steinlight told the Inter Press Service News Agency in 2005 that immigration threatens “the American people as a whole and the future of Western civilization.”SPLC

Here are a few of the report’s errors, courtesy of PunditFact:

First, that study focused on workers between 16 and 65 years old. In a footnote, the authors acknowledge that the results would look quite different if they had included older workers.

The center’s study also noted that the time period you pick will change what the data show. The report said, “Since the jobs recovery began in 2010, 43 percent of employment growth has gone to immigrants.” That, obviously, is much less than “all” of the new jobs.

…the study lumped legal and illegal immigrants together.

[it] …is correct that foreign-born workers, both citizens and noncitizens, do disproportionately well in the job market. But the actual numbers fall well short of the 100 percent…”All” is an overstatement.

One of Pope Francis’ messages in the church’s 2014 “World Day of Migrants and Refugees” declared:

“Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity.”

rick santorumWould Rick Santorum change his statement if he were shown its inaccuracy, probably not. His anti-immigrant stance is a cornerstone of conservative politics. I’m not sure his campaign can stoop any lower this in the future, but nothing would surprise me.

He couldn’t win as a religious zealot, so now he’s re-invented himself as a “blue collar” kinda guy; thing is, he’s never had a blue collar job in his life. Rick wants to be President, and he’ll say and do whatever it takes to get his party’s nomination.

cross-posted@ All Things Democrat

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