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Scott Walker fires state official for comparing unauthorized immigrants to 'Satan'

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dismissed a state official this week for saying unauthorized immigrants reminded him of Satan in a Facebook rant that involved other politicians.
Steven Krieser, a top official at the state’s Department of Transportation, wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post (saved here by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) that “a stream of wretched criminals continues to flow unabated to the north” and that illegal immigration is crushing the social safety net system of some Southern states.
“You may see Jesus when you look at them,” Krieser said. “I see Satan.”
It gets worse. Facebook deleted the post but it has been saved.

Here is the pdf of the Face book thread including Kriesr's post.

It all started when Facebook user Joshua Zepnick shared this picture.

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Joe Handrick replies:

I don't find this sign funny at all. Here's food for thought for those who focus their anger
on the illegal immigrants rather than on the failed system and those who refuse to enforce
the law: About 2000 years ago there lived a man who, if he came here, would be
considered a foreigner, had olive skin, and didn't speak english. His name was Jesus.
This comment caused Steven Krieser, a top official at the Department of Transportation in the state of Wisconsin to replay:
Sorry Joe, but I'm not with you on this one. The sticker is probably over the top, and while some people are undoubtedly motivated by racial animus, I think you err in insinuating that opposition to illegal immigration generally is driven primarily by racism.
"Probably over the top"? It advocates shooting human beings like vermin with the State's approval, and you think it is "probably over the top"?

Oh, but he goes on...

Madison, Wisconsin, and tut-tut people in Arizona and some of the other states that have been completely ruined by illegal immigration and cast aspersions on their frustration with the complete inability of our federal government to defend the sovereignty of our borders. The whole social safety net and educational systems of entire southern states have been crushed under the weight of these criminals who commit another crime with every breath they take here, having snuck across the border.
Hispanics have ruined Arazona and after working back breaking days in the fields harvesting the food in your grocery store are crushing America with every breath they take. Oy vey, boy am I lazy, I almost wasn't going to post this diary even with my agenda to crush America by scarping out a middle class living in an air conditioned office job.

We are not done yet. It goes on...

They routinely steal the identities of millions of legitimate, actual Americans, causing untold grief and billions in individual and business losses annually. Long-time landowners along the Mexican border -- American taxpaying citizens trying to live out life on their own land, have seen their ranches completely overrun with violent criminals who routinely raid their homes and trash their land as the stream of wretched criminals continues to flow unabated to the north, day after day, night after night. And the whole service and agricultural employment sector has been skewed against actual Americans as unscrupulous, treasonous employers have replaced citizens with "undocumented" help for which they pay no tax, pay no unemployment insurance, pay no workers compensation, etc.
"[U]ntold grief and billions in individual and business losses annually", do you care to back that one up? I am kind of seeing business making a lot of money exploiting immigrant workers. "[V]iolent criminals who routinely raid their homes." Martha, the violent criminals are raiding our house again. That's nice dear. Did you feed the cat? "[T]reasonous employers have replaced citizens with "undocumented" help." I think Georgia tried addressing that and found out the not even prison labor could do the job.
To forgo a repeat of last year, when labor shortages triggered an estimated $140 million in agricultural losses, as crops rotted in the fields, officials in Georgia are now dispatching prisoners to the state’s farms to help harvest fruit and vegetables.

The labor shortages, which also have affected the hotel and restaurant industries, are a consequence of Georgia’s immigration enforcement law, HB 87, which was passed last year.  As State Rep. Matt Ramsey, one of the bill’s authors, said at the time, “Our goal is … to eliminate incentives for illegal aliens to cross into our state.”

Now he and others are learning: Be careful what you wish for, because you may get more than you bargained for.

And now for the money shoot...
Then, on top of it all, we get to be treated to the incredible chutzpah of hundreds of thousands of these criminals marching in the streets in broad daylight, demanding all the benefits of citizenship from a country whose laws they are breaking even as they are standing there. The illegals themselves have bred the animus that many American citizens feel toward them.

You may see Jesus when you look at them. I see Satan. And if they don't like it here, hey, the door they came through to get here swings both ways.

Walker did fire him, but Steven Krieser is a hero with the base. To paraphrase Arthur Miller in his play Incident at Vichy, "They do these things not because they are Republicans, but because they are nothing."

Originally posted to se portland on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 08:29 PM PDT.

Also republished by Your Government at Work and Badger State Progressive.

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