Joe "You Lie" Wilson is sympathetic to Illegal Immigrants. Well... maybe he is just sympathetic to illegal immigrants that are NOT LATINO!!!
1. Hypocrite: Since he yelled "You Lie" to the President when he mentioned "illegal immigration."
2. Racist: Since he attempted to delegitimize our President and is sympathetic to Legalization for Non-Latinos only.
3. Lies: There is little evidence to prove he ever worked as an Immigration Lawyer. He was a Real Estate lawyer.
Wilson Authored Bill To Let Illegal Immigrant Stay In U.S.
Rep. Joe ("You Lie") Wilson's outburst during President Obama's speech last week didn't exactly make him out to be sympathetic to illegal immigrants, to put it mildly. There's also little evidence he ever worked as an immigration lawyer, as he's claimed. But the South Carolina Republican's hard line on the issue may not be as consistent as you might expect. In fact, on one recent case, it looks like he went downright soft -- and what's even more interesting is the possible reason why.
In July, Wilson introduced legislation that sought to gain permanent resident status for an illegal immigrant named Sainey H. Fatty. You can see the text of the bill here.
George Finnan, a veteran immigration lawyer, told TPMmuckraker that the measure is what immigration lawyers refer to as a "private bill" -- that is, an effort to win legal residence for one particular immigrant. "It's done, but it's not done often," said Finnan. "If I were a congressman, it would be a nice way to make a constituent happy." So why would Wilson -- the new face of the anti-immigration movement -- have acted to help Fatty? Wilson's spokesman didn't return our call. But could Fatty's Christianity -- and his work on behalf of a Christian ministry -- have spurred Wilson to intervene?
It's unclear what level of threat Fatty would have face were he forced to return to Gambia. A 2008 State Department report found that the Gambian government "generally respected religious freedom in practice." If Fatty genuinely faced persecution in Gambia, Wilson may have acted compassionately in trying to use his position to help him stay in the U.S. (There are many countries with much more dangerous persecution policies, particularly in Central America, particularly Guatemala and El Salvador). But, if nothing else, the congressman's efforts suggest he's a little more selective in his anti-immigrant fervor than the hard right might like to imagine.