Sensenbrenner Report Reissued
October 13, 2006
After pulling its report last week on Rep. James Sensenbrenner's conflicts of interest related to immigration policy, New American Media has now re-issued it . The editors never disputed the central facts, but wanted to bolster them with "the requisite denials from Haliburton and Red Lobster" and more sources, according to one editor. As a result of New American Media's concerns, we pulled my post from last week highlighting the report. Now an updated version follows after the jump.
Sensenbrenner is the chief advocate of a get-tough approach to undocumented immigration. He rails against illegal immigration as this nation's biggest national security threat and pushes harsh enforcement and builiding a wall around America as solutions. The report from New American Media reveals that Rep. Sensenbrenner is not only making money from companies that use undocumented labor but also profiting from investments in firms receiving contracts for the government's border security program that Sensenbrenner champions. No wonder he has pursued the immigration issue so fiercely he's earned the name "pit bull ."
Last week, New American Media published ananalysis by Roberto Lovato of millionaire Sensenbrenner's financial portfolio. He found "that the congressman has invested in companies that have directly hired or subcontracted with employers who hire undocumented workers" and "stands to benefit from investments in companies contracted by the federal government to provide services he has proposed as part of his immigration reform legislation."
And to make matters dirtier, the corporation in which Sensenbrenner has stock is none other than Halliburton:
And in case anyone has forgotten, the report reminds us that Sensenbrenner was the first to propose in legislation the construction of a multibillion dollar border security system, contained in his notorious immigraton bill, HR 4437 .
Though Sensenbrenner has recently criticized companies that profit undocumented labor, according to Lovato's report, he's making a wad of dough from companies that do just that:
One of Lovato's interviews nabs this great quote about the politician who is famous for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies: