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August 3, 2012

New Documentary Portrays Negative View of Immigration in the U.S.

Dennis Lynch

A new documentary, “They Come to America,” written and directed by Dennis Lynch, a former entrepreneur turned filmmaker, has caused quite a stir in anti-immigrant circles over the past couple of months. In the documentary, Lynch travels the country interviewing people about undocumented immigration. Lynch talks to figures from anti-immigrant groups such as NumbersUSA and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Lynch also interviews Glenn Spencer of the anti-Hispanic hate group American Border Patrol.

Lynch attempts to portray both sides of the immigration debate by interviewing people on the “pro-immigrant” side of the spectrum, as well as undocumented immigrants, but the film’s conclusions are clear: undocumented immigration has no positive impact on the United States. In subsequent interviews, Lynch furthers his argument by claiming that the United States needs to lower the amount of legal immigrants it admits per year – a position taken by many anti-immigrant groups.

Lynch spends a lot of time on camera with Roy Beck, founder of the anti-immigrant group, NumbersUSA. Beck previously worked as the Washington Editor of The Social Contract, an anti-immigrant journal published by racist John Tanton. Beck also spoke at the 1996 national conference of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization. Jack Martin from FAIR is also interviewed at length. FAIR, which promotes extreme anti-immigration views, was founded by Tanton.

In the film, Lynch also speaks with Michael Cutler, a former fellow for the anti-immigrant group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), another group that Tanton helped to create. Cutler currently is a Senior Writing Fellow for the anti-immigrant group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS).

Lynch has begun a tour to screen the film. Not unexpectedly, local anti-immigrant organizations are hosting the screenings. On July 17, two groups that FAIR lists as local affiliates, Texans for Immigration Reduction and Enforcement (TFIRE) and Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas (IRCOT), along with Stop the Magnet, a Houston-based group dedicated to getting anti-immigrant measures on the ballot in Houston, screened Lynch’s film.

On July 12, Lynch was on “The Ruthie Report,” a radio show hosted by Ruthie Hendrycks who runs the anti-immigrant group, Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform (MINNSIR). MINNSIR is also listed on FAIR’s website as a local affiliate for Minnesota.

In Maryland, Lynch’s film will be jointly hosted on August 8 by the anti-immigrant group Help Save Maryland (HSM). HSM is listed on FAIR’s Web site as a local affiliate for Maryland. HSM has also worked closely with FAIR’s legal arm, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI).

On August 10, the film will be shown at an anti-immigrant conference in North Carolina.

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July 19, 2012

Head of Anti-Hispanic Hate Group Interviewed by Anti-Semitic Publication

Glenn Spencer
The conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic publication, American Free Press (AFP) interviewed Glenn Spencer, who heads the anti-Hispanic hate group, American Border Patrol(ABP), in an article published on July 16, 2012.  ABP regularly does video surveillance of the Mexican-American border. 

The article, “Obama Executive Order Means Open Door Amnesty,” was written by regular AFP contributor and conspiracy theorist Victor Thorn.  It focuses on Spencer’s views about President Obama’s executive order allowing many young undocumented immigrants to legally remain in the United States. In the article, Spencer promotes anti-Hispanic conspiracy theories about Mexicans taking over the Southwest and accuses President Obama of trying to create a one-world government under the banner of “globalism.”

Spencer has been warning of a plan by Mexicans to “invade” and “conquer” the Southwestern U.S. for more than a decade. He has claimed that the Mexican government is “sponsoring the invasion of the United States with hostile intent.”  Spencer has also attended white supremacist events and had a letter published on the racist website,

Despite his views and activities, Spencer has been given some degree of legitimacy by presenting himself as an authority on immigration. In March 2012, he spoke to the Arizona State Senate’s Border Security Committee.  

Thorn, who interviews Spencer for AFP, is also very problematic. In addition to writing conspiratorial articles for AFP, he has published books promoting anti-government and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. His latest book, The Holocaust Hoax Exposed: Debunking the 20th Century’s Biggest Lie, clearly promotes Holocaust denial. AFP itself focuses on anti-Semitic themes, from anti-Israel conspiracy theories to Holocaust denial. AFP is published by long-time anti-Semite and Holocaust denier Willis Carto.

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