Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2011]
Here is a development in Tacoma WA (Salishan) that was built for Illegal Immigrants!
Origins: As noted by Kathleen Merryman of the Tacoma News Tribune the video clip linked above about the Salishan housing development on Tacoma's East Side has garnered a good deal of attention for that community:
The Tacoman once used public access television to air his world view, and now posts videos on YouTube. About five months ago, he and a woman named Jane drove through Salishan on Tacoma's East Side with a video camera and a big box of misinformation. They delivered a
The stew of untruths simmered there.
It's at a boil now.
Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) and Tacoma City Council members are getting e-mails from people hot over what he calls misuse of Social Security funds.
- Claim: "What you are looking at is a
$225 millioncomplex, $225 millioncomplex, of housing out of the Social Security budget for 1,300 units."
- False: No Social Security funds were used to redevelop Salishan.
- Claim: "All welfare housing. All Social Security housing for foreigners will get $2,642 a month. All of that comes out of the Social Security budget."
- False: Of Salishan's renters, 97 percent are citizens of the United States, according to THA Executive Director Michael Mirra. "We know of no government program that pays $2,642 per month to foreigners," Mirra said.
- Claim: "The average income in here is about $13,000 per year, not including welfare, not including Social Security refugee pay, not including Women, Infants and Children."
- False: The $13,000 figure is based on out-of-date 2000 Census data. As for the other sources, Mirra said: "We do not know of anyone who gets something called 'Social Security refugee pay.'"
- Claim: "This school was built by Tacoma specifically to house foreigners and welfare recipients."
- False. Lister Elementary School does not "house" any foreigners or welfare recipients.
- Claim: "They mollycoddle these foreigners who come across the border illegally."
- False. THA does not rent to people who are in this country illegally, and
97 percentof Salishan residents are U.S. citizens.
- Claim: "And they don't pay taxes. This housing is free if you are on Social Security refugee pay."
- False. Anyone who buys non-food goods and services in Washington State pays sales tax, and every Salishan household with earned income is subject to federal income taxes. Every Salishan rental household with an income pays rent.
Last updated: 28 July 2011
Merryman, Kathleen.   "William Mount's Salishan YouTube Video Debunked." The [Tacoma] News Tribune. 26 July 2011.