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June 11, 2015 1

Event Offers Chance to Win Pink Prison Underwear Signed by Joe Arpaio

Ore­go­ni­ans for Immi­gra­tion Reform (OFIR), the most active anti-immigrant group in the state, is adver­tis­ing a June 27 “Grass­roots Rally” in Salem, Ore­gon, that will fea­ture Arizona’s Sher­iff Joe Arpaio as the main speaker and a raf­fle that includes an auto­graphed pair of the infa­mous pink pris­oner under­wear that Arpaio forces inmates in his county to wear.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Sher­iff Joe Arpaio

The rally is report­edly being hosted by the Ore­gon Repub­li­can Party and will focus on immi­gra­tion reform and Sec­ond Amend­ment rights. The choice of Arpaio, who is known for his hard stance on immi­gra­tion, is indica­tive of the rally’s anti-immigration slant.

In May 2012, the Jus­tice Depart­ment brought a fed­eral law­suit against Arpaio, assert­ing that there was a “pat­tern of unlaw­ful dis­crim­i­na­tion” toward Lati­nos by law enforce­ment offi­cials in Mari­copa County. Accord­ing to the law­suit, Arpaio and his deputies car­ried out a cam­paign against Lati­nos, regard­less of their sta­tus or citizenship.

In a sep­a­rate case, a fed­eral judge ruled in May 2013 that the Mari­copa County Sheriff’s Office engaged in racial pro­fil­ing. That rul­ing stemmed from a 2007 class action suit by Latino dri­vers, who charged that were being unlaw­fully sin­gled out for traf­fic stops based on their ethnicity.

The judge in the case ordered Arpaio to undergo train­ing in racial pro­fil­ing so that his offi­cers would not sin­gle out Lati­nos dur­ing traf­fic and immi­gra­tion stops. The judge also barred Arpaio’s immi­gra­tion enforce­ment patrols. Arpaio has since allegedly vio­lated the court order regard­ing the patrols and is now fac­ing con­tempt charges.

Arpaio is also known for his pol­icy of requir­ing Mari­copa County inmates to wear pink under­wear. In 2012, a fed­eral appeals court in Ari­zona crit­i­cized this pol­icy, say­ing it seemed to be “pun­ish­ment with­out legal jus­ti­fi­ca­tion.” The court also said that it was fair to infer that the jail­ers’ choice of the color pink for the under­wear was a way to stig­ma­tize male pris­on­ers as fem­i­nine. In an effort to off­set the cost of the rally, a pair of “pink pris­oner under­wear,” auto­graphed by Arpaio will be auc­tioned off at the event.

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May 7, 2015 8

Point of Contention: A Fractured White Supremacist Take on Immigration

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Richard Spencer has advo­cated for a white ethno-state

For over a hun­dred years, since the Ku Klux Klan of the early 20th cen­tury loudly pro­claimed its com­mit­ment to “100% Amer­i­can­ism,” fight­ing immi­gra­tion has been one of the most con­sis­tent hall­marks of white suprema­cists in the United States. For many, immi­gra­tion was noth­ing less than a sin­is­ter Jew­ish plan to flood Amer­ica with non-whites and thereby weaken and ulti­mately destroy the white race.

Because of strongly held con­vic­tions such as these, it is no sur­prise that white suprema­cists have so often been at the fore­front of anti-immigration activism. From Ku Klux Klan mem­bers hold­ing anti-immigration protests to neo-Nazis engaged in vig­i­lante patrols along the U.S.-Mexican bor­der to clos­eted white suprema­cists set­ting up “main­stream” anti-immigration orga­ni­za­tions, these groups have con­sis­tently been a major seg­ment of America’s extreme anti-immigrant fringes.

Yet the evo­lu­tion of the white suprema­cist move­ment in the United States reveals an inter­est­ing phe­nom­e­non. Though white suprema­cists remain united in their intense dis­like of immi­gra­tion and their belief in its alleged dan­ger to the white race, clear diver­gences of opin­ion have emerged among them about how they ought to respond—or, indeed, whether they ought to respond at all.

It may be too gen­er­ous to call them “schools of thought,” but sev­eral clear approaches to the issue of immi­gra­tion now clearly exist among white suprema­cists, each essen­tially stem­ming from a dif­fer­ent set of opin­ions on how to “pre­serve” the white race.

The dif­fer­ing approaches include:

  • Con­tin­u­ing actively to fight against immi­gra­tion by attempt­ing to mobi­lize fear­ful or angry whites using rhetor­i­cal strate­gies that include a focus on chang­ing demo­graph­ics in the United States;
  • Aban­don­ing the active fight against immi­gra­tion to focus instead on cre­at­ing white enclaves within a mul­ti­cul­tural United States, where whites could live with and sup­port each other in a sort of vol­un­tary self-segregation; and
  • Also giv­ing up on fight­ing immi­gra­tion into the United States but going a step fur­ther by cre­at­ing a sep­a­rate ethno-state for whites only—an inde­pen­dent white “homeland.”

Each of these view­points is reflected in the ideas or writ­ings of an advo­cate. Though white suprema­cists have dif­fer­ent approaches to the sub­ject of immi­gra­tion, all are ulti­mately react­ing to the pro­jec­tion that whites will become a minor­ity in the United States in the com­ing decades.

Read the full arti­cle: Point of Con­tention: A Frac­tured White Suprema­cist Take on Immigration

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March 25, 2015 0

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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