BUZZFEED: In First Run For Office, Chris McDaniel Plagiarized Immigration Plan

Rising Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel appears to have plagiarized his immigration plan during his first run office in 2007. McDaniel’s immigration plan, archived on his old state senate campaign website heavily copies text from the Federation For American Immigration Reform and research from a University of Pittsburgh law school publication.

A recent poll showed the Tea Party challenger McDaniel with 3% lead over incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran.

McDaniel and Cochran are headed for a primary runoff on June 24.

Here’s a screenshot of McDaniel’s archived immigration issues webpage:

McDaniel’s federal solutions copied FAIR and an article that appeared in The Jurist.

Here’s FAIR in at least 2005:

While most illegal immigrants may come only to seek work and a better economic opportunity, their presence outside the law furnishes an opportunity for terrorists to blend into the same shadows while they target the American public for their terrorist crimes.

And here’s McDaniel:

While most illegal immigrants may come only to seek work and a better economic opportunity, their presence outside the law furnishes an opportunity for terrorists to blend into the same shadows while they target the American public for their terrorist crimes.

Here’s an line that appeared in The Jurist, a web-based legal news research service article in March 2007.

Last year, 30 states passed some 57 laws to crack down on illegal immigrants, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. That flurry of legislation reflects states’ mounting frustration with federal inaction.

And here’s McDaniel:

Last year, 30 states passed some 57 laws to crack down on illegal immigrants, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. That flurry of legislation reflects states’ mounting frustration with federal inaction.

McDaniel’s state solutions for immigration also appear to heavily copy bits from a FAIR report from Feb. 2007.

Here’s FAIR:

Because Immigration and Customs (ICE) agents cannot be in all places all of the time, it is imperative that state and local law enforcement be assured they have the proper authority to arrest and detains illegal aliens. Law enforcement officers at any level should not be required to ignore violations of federal law. To improve the enforcement of immigration laws at the state and local level, FAIR advocates the following measures:
Reaffirm authority of state and local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws
Require federal reimbursement for state and local law enforcement expenses directly related to illegal immigration, except where local sanctuary policies encourage illegal immigrant settlement
Increase funding for the SCAAP program to help states pay for the incarceration of criminal aliens
Authorize state and local judges to authorize removal of nonimmigrants as part of plea bargains in criminal cases

And here’s McDaniel:

Because Immigration and Customs (ICE) agents cannot be in all places all of the time, it is imperative that state and local law enforcement be assured they have the proper authority to arrest and detains illegal aliens. Law enforcement officers at any level should not be required to ignore violations of federal law. Reaffirm authority of state and local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws.
Require federal reimbursement for state and local law enforcement expenses directly related to illegal immigration, except where local sanctuary policies encourage illegal immigrant settlement. Authorize state and local judges to authorize removal of illegal immigrants as part of plea bargains in criminal cases. Require public employers to participate in a federal work authorization program for all new employees

Buzzfeed
6/13/14