Thursday, August 8, 2013

Decal Permits To Hunt Illegal Immigrants In U.S.A. Sold At Local Germantown Mobil Station

Photo: Courtesy of Sachin Chheda

Steven Krieser

Steven Krieser, the assistant deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation fired by Governor Walker over Facebook comment comparing illegals to Satan.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 8, 2013

Germantown, WI - On Thursday, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) contacted the Mobil Gas Station in Germantown, which is allegedly selling decal permits to hunt illegal immigrants in the U.S.A. A Mobil gas station employee who wouldn't identify himself would not confirm, if the decal was still being sold or taken off the shelves. The owner could not be reached for comment. The Mobil station is located at N96 W17500, County Line Road in Germantown. 
The decal is a novelty, but tasteless and feeds into racial hate, profiling and suggests that illegals can be hunted (killed) in the country. Someone with a lack of commonsense could actually believe it's legal to hunt illegals (undocumented immigrants).
The decal image was first posted in State Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) Facebook account and then it was linked to State Representative Joshua Zepnick's (D-Milwaukee) Facebook account. Sahchin Chheda, the Chair of the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County shared the hunting permit photo with HNNUSA. Chedda wrote, the photo was "taken from State Rep. Gordon Hintz' page. State Rep. Josh Zepnick has been very outspoken in raising awareness and calling for action to get people to stop selling these."
Zepnick on Thursday in his FB page wrote, "please check out the awful if not illegal selling of stickers, at a Germantown gas station, encouraging basically the hunting and "bagging" of "illegal immigrants"....another byproduct of the lousy Republican Party's arrogant, narrow minded, selfish push of being "patriotic" and an American...absolutely unacceptable/wonder if we can yank this station's license for endangering the public???!"
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (JS) writer Daniel Bice reported on Thursday that, a heated discussion caused by Hintz's posting the decal on his FB brought a response by Steven Krieser, the assistant deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation. Krieser a Republican, who earned more than $96K a year. Krieser compared  illegals to Satan. The JS reported that Krieser wrote that a "stream of wretched criminals" is crossing the border without obstruction. These individuals, he said, "completely ruined" entire states and industries, breeding "the animus that many American citizens feel toward them."
Krieser's posting on FB cost him his job, he got fired by Governor Scott Walker (R) for his inappropriate comment. The JS also reported a statement from Walker's spokesperson, that "These comments are repugnant, completely unacceptable, and have no place in Governor Walker's administration," said Tom Evenson, spokesman for Walker. "Governor Walker condemns his views, and they do not represent the governor or his administration in any way."
Krieser since getting fired by Walker has apologized for his comments in FB and regrets doing so. He has removed his comments.
Apparently, the Mobil gas station in Germantown sold the last decal to a JS reporter for $6.00, Bice confirmed.
In May 2011, The same hunting stickers were sold at a Citgo Auto-Truck Stop Plaza in Sturtevent on Hwy 20 and I-94 for $4 to $5.00 a piece. To some the stickers are a form of speech, novelty, comical and to others it promotes hate and violence towards immigrants.
After a local immigrant rights group, Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) threatened to hold a protest at the business, the Citgo Truck Stop Plaza owner pulled the decals. Instead the owner was recognized by VDLF for being a good business owner for removing the decals.
The "Illegal Immigrant Hunting Permit" decals are distributed by Central States Novelty, LLC.

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