Today’s entry hails from South Carolina’s 2nd District.
Congressman’s Joe Wilson outburst during President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress made him an overnight hero of the right-wingers. He called the president a lair when Mr. Obama stated — truthfully — that illegal immigrants would not be allowed to benefit under his health care proposals.
In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Congressman Wilson sought to portrait himself as a friend of immigrants. He claimed to have worked as an immigration lawyer in his native South Carolina. The only trouble was that no one in the tightly-knit legal community back home could recall Congressman Wilson doing any work of the sort.
Some progressive websites took pleasure in pointing out the apparent lie misrepresentation. I recall seeing a couple of headlines using some combination of the infamous “You Lie!” used against the Congressman.
Well, it turns out that Mr. Wilson appears to have been telling the truth all along. He was never clear on the extent of his legal immigration work and, as Zachary Roth at TPMMuckracker is reporting, his client list was an extremely short one.
Apparently, Congressman Wilson is only interested in ONE illegal immigrant:
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.”
There’s a particular type of constituent — even if an illegal immigrant — that Mr. Wilson appears interested in making “happy.”