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The 12 Most Outrageous Statements Politicos Have Made About Immigration During the 2010 Campaign

From threats of violence against immigrants to calls for mass deportation, candidates across the country are unleashing a torrent of hate speech.

The 2010 midterm campaign season is shaping up to be the most vicious, vitriolic election cycle in recent memory.  The issue of immigration is a perfect example.  Distortions, lies and stereotypes dominate the airwaves when it comes to immigrants and Latinos. From threats of violence against immigrants to calls for mass deportation, candidates across the country are unleashing a torrent of hate speech that is both alarming and un-American.

Who’s the worst of the worst? To be honest, it was hard to choose. Here’s a dozen of the most outrageous candidate claims thus far, plus a couple honorable mentions. Consider this the Immigration Politics 2010 Wall of Shame.    

1. SHARRON ANGLE, U.S. Senate candidate, NV (R)

Sharron Angle Immigration Ad

--Television ad, September 2010

“I'm not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence and there are people coming across that fence. What we know is that our northern border is where the terrorists came through. That's the most porous border that we have.”

--October 15, 2010, addressing Rancho High School’s Hispanic Student Union, after being asked why her ads portrayed Latinos as “illegal aliens” and criminals. (In late October, Angle released an adwith images of a Border Patrol checkpoint whose exterior clearly reads “El Paso, Texas.”)

“I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that.”

--October 15, 2010, during the same conversation with members of Rancho High School’s Hispanic Student Union

Sharron Angle Immigration Ad

Sharron Angle Immigration Ad

--Television ad, October 2010

2. JOHN YATES, state representative seeking re-election, GA Dist. 73 (R)

“They ought to be armed and if warned leaflets dropped all over Mexico says that we will shoot to kill if anybody crosses and be serious about this and if they do that then there won't be anybody killed.”

--October 14, 2010, during a debate, explaining what he feels the National Guard should do to protect the border

“Stopping Hitler was worth the price. It’s our border. They’re invading us.”

--October 15, 2010, defending his “shoot to kill” statement 

3. LOUIE GOHMERT, U.S. Congressman seeking re-election, TX-1 (R)

“We’re bringing them over here on tourist visas, some illegally, letting them be born here and saying this is an American citizen. So come back in 20, 25 years when you’re ready to blow us up.”

-- July 1, 2010, during an interview with Fox Business

4. JAN BREWER, Governor seeking re-election, AZ (R)

“The majority of them in my opinion and I think in the opinion of law enforcement is that they are not coming here to work. They are coming here and they’re bringing drugs.

-- June 15, 2010,during a Republican primary debate, on undocumented immigrants

“Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded.”

--June 27, 2010, during an appearance on a local television show. As the Arizona Guardian reported days later, “officials with six county medical examiners offices in the state, including four from counties that border Mexico, say they have never heard of such attacks.”

“The Mexican government, along with President Calderon and the bordering governors that interact with us, they do not want our borders secure. I mean, they have made it very, very clear…I believe that he believes that he is helping out the federal administration and they are looking at it in a political mode to bring in newly registered illegal immigrants to register to vote.”

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