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March 25, 2015

A Wave of Ugly Rhetoric Targeting Muslim Immigrants

In the last few months, some anti-immigrant activists as well as some anti-Muslim bloggers writing about Muslim immigration have ratcheted up their anti-Muslim rhetoric. Even more disturbing, some national and local political figures have joined the ranks of those who proclaim that Muslims are unable to assimilate into American culture. They have declared that Muslims are invading the country with the intent to take it over.

Anti-Muslim protest in Texas

Anti-Muslim protest in Texas

This kind of anti-immigrant rhetoric is not new. The same kind of sentiment has also been directed at Latino immigrants, particularly Mexicans. For example, anti-immigrant extremists have long promoted the Atzlan conspiracy theory that claims that Mexican immigrants are planning on taking over the Southwestern part of the United States. Today’s focus is increasingly on Muslim immigration, which is seen as far more insidious.

Anti-immigrant activists are using the atrocities committed by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and Muslim extremists to generate fear about all Muslims, including American citizens. Anti-immigrant bloggers such as Colorado-based Frosty Wooldridge (until recently a board member of the Federation for American Immigration Reform) and California-based Brenda Walker use virulent anti-Muslim rhetoric to demonize Muslims.

To read more see: A Wave of Ugly Rhetoric Targeting Muslim Immigrants

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July 24, 2014

Small Protests Around the U.S. Ratchet Up Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

On July 18 and 19, anti-immigrant activists around the country participated in a series of protests dubbed the “National Day Of Protesting Against Immigration Reform/Amnesty & Border Surge.” Activists are exploiting the current humanitarian crisis at the border where Central American children are fleeing in order to escape violence in their home countries.

These protests are just the latest uptick in anti-immigrant activity, fueled by the anti-immigrant movement and far-right media. The sparsely attended protests not only attracted extremists, but many of the activists in attendance displayed signs with extreme rhetoric.

The following is a round-up on some of the extreme rhetoric on display at protests around the country, as reflected in accounts of the rallies on social media and in local news outlets:

  • Moosic, Pennsylvania: Members of the white supremacist group European American Action Coalition (EAAC) attended a rally in Moosic, Pennsylvania. EAAC director, Steve Smith, was present at the event. Smith is a longtime racist with ties to a number of white supremacist organizations. At the Moosic protest, was a sign taped to the overpass where the protest took place which read, in part, “Illegal mestizos are bringing in leprosy and scabies…”eaac-protesters-immigration
  • Salem, Oregon: Members of the white supremacist political party American Freedom Party (AFP) attended a rally in Salem, Oregon. AFP activist Tyler Cole attended the rally with his wife, Laura. In an interview with a local news station, Laura Cole stated, “Keep Mexicans in Mexico. Keep European-Americans here, where we are, in our homeland… I think it’s OK for us to be proud that this is our territory.” A banner hanging from an overpass one exit away from the official Salem protest read, “Diversity is a code word for white genocide” – a phrase used by white supremacists.
  • New York, NY: Anti-immigrant activists protested outside of the United Nations building in New York City. One protester held a sign implying that “illegals” and “Obama” were “cockroaches.” Another protester yelled, “Bring us your smallpox, bring us your malaria, your scabies.”
  • Phoenix, Arizona : A protester had a sign that read “illegals bring disease.”
  • Marietta, Georgia: A protester held a sign stating, “stop illegals and their diseases.”marietta-protest-immigration
  • New Haven, Connecticut: A protester on an overpass held signs saying “stop terrorists crossing our border” and “stop diseases crossing our border.”
  • Ocala, Florida: Protesters held signs claiming “Obama is a Muslim” and “terrorists and illegals treated better than vets.”
  • Yakima, Washington: A protester held a sign saying, “citizens over illegals cartel and jihadists.”yakima-protest-immigration
  • San Diego, California: One protester held a sign with the Mexican flag which, read, in part, “yes, we sell humans, drugs, prostitution, the demise of your country.”
  • Tucson, Arizona: A protester interviewed by Tucson News Now asserted, “The invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation… is an act of war.”

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July 14, 2014

Longtime Anti-Immigrant Activists Behind Murrieta Protests

Starting in late June 2014, anti-immigrant activists in Murrieta, California, have prevented buses carrying migrants fleeing violence in Central America from entering the town’s border patrol processing center. The protests have garnered national and international attention due to the extreme rhetoric and ugly climate surrounding them. Numerous anti-immigrant activists with close ties to the anti-immigrant movement flocked to Murrieta from all over Southern California to participate. Some of these protesters are closely tied to extreme elements of the anti-immigrant movement and have a history of bigoted statements.murrieta-immigration

As we have seen with similar protests in Vassar, Michigan, established anti-immigrant groups and longtime anti-immigrant activists are playing a crucial role in the protests in both states. In Murrieta and Vassar, anti-immigrant activists closely tied to the largest anti-immigrant groups in the country such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA are helping to spread their message of bigotry and xenophobia in an attempt to creative a climate of fear around this humanitarian crisis.

Click here to read more about the anti-immigrant activists behind the Murrieta protests.

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