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July 16, 2014 6

Anti-Immigrant Groups Plan National Protests Against Children Fleeing Violence

In response to the human­i­tar­ian cri­sis at the bor­der, which has seen an influx of chil­dren flee­ing vio­lence in Cen­tral Amer­ica, a num­ber of anti-immigrant activists and right-wing groups are plan­ning two national days of protest on July 18 and 19 against “immi­gra­tion reform amnesty and the bor­der surge.”protest-immigration

The flyer for the event fea­tures the same extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric seen recently at protests in Mur­ri­eta, Cal­i­for­nia and Vas­sar, Michi­gan. The flyer claims that “ille­gal aliens with com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases and con­di­tions such as tuber­cu­lo­sis, sca­bies and head lice are enter­ing our coun­try unabated.” It goes on to warn of a “very real secu­rity risk to Amer­i­cans from drug car­tels, gang mem­bers and terrorists.”

The orga­nizer of the pro­posed nation­wide events sched­uled for July 18 and 19 is Paul Arnold, an anti-immigrant activist and founder of the anti-immigrant group “Make Them Lis­ten.” Arnold is closely tied to the anti-immigrant front group Black Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Alliance (BALA). He helped orga­nize BALA’s “March for Jobs” anti-immigrant rally in July 2013 which was attended by about 800 peo­ple. Arnold also helped to orga­nize anti-immigrant ral­lies in dif­fer­ent states in August 2013 as part of a BALA “tour.” Many of the pro­posed ral­lies were can­celled due to lack of par­tic­i­pants and the few that did take place were sparsely attended

The Face­book event page for this weekend’s planned   protests indi­cates that a num­ber of extreme anti-immigrant groups are allegedly plan­ning to par­tic­i­pate. For exam­ple, the South Carolina-based anti-immigrant group Amer­i­cans Have Had Enough Coali­tion (AHHEC) plans to hold a protest in the state this week­end. White suprema­cist Roan Garcia-Quintana is the exec­u­tive direc­tor of AHHEC and is also a direc­tor and “life­time mem­ber” of the white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens.

Another group plan­ning to par­tic­i­pate in the protests this week­end is the North Carolina-based Amer­i­cans for Legal Immi­gra­tion PAC (ALI-PAC), essen­tially a one man oper­a­tion run by anti-immigrant extrem­ist William Gheen. Gheen has a long his­tory of anti-immigrant rhetoric. In his recent state­ments about the human­i­tar­ian cri­sis, for exam­ple, Gheen advo­cated send­ing “gen­tly used” under­wear to John Boehner and Pres­i­dent Obama in protest of the bor­der patrol’s plea for cit­i­zens to send new pairs of under­wear for the migrants flee­ing violence.

A num­ber of other very active anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tions from around the coun­try includ­ing Min­nesotans Seek­ing Immi­gra­tion Reform (MINNSIR), New York­ers for Immi­gra­tion Con­trol and
Enforce­ment (NYICE) and Help Save Mary­land (HSM) are also sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate at ral­lies in their states. Though it is unlikely the protests will attract large num­bers, the anti-immigrant move­ment is cer­tainly using the human­i­tar­ian cri­sis at the bor­der to attempt to mobi­lize its base.

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July 12, 2013 0

Speakers at DC “March for Jobs” Rally Have Bashed Immigrants and Muslims

dc-march-for-jobs1On July 15, 2013, the Black Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Alliance (BALA), an African Amer­i­can “front group” cre­ated by the anti-immigrant move­ment in the United States, will host a protest against immi­gra­tion reform in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

The “DC March for Jobs” will fea­ture a num­ber of speak­ers from BALA who claim to speak on behalf of the African-American com­mu­nity when in fact they are long-time anti-immigrant activists speak­ing on behalf of the anti-immigrant move­ment. A num­ber of politi­cians and other activists, many of whom have a his­tory of big­oted state­ments, are also slated to address the crowd:

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) – Steve King is the leader of the anti-immigration reform group in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and has a long his­tory of mak­ing big­oted state­ments against immi­grants. King has char­ac­ter­ized immi­grants – both doc­u­mented and undoc­u­mented – as crim­i­nals and disease-carriers. He has spo­ken along­side lead­ers of bor­der vig­i­lante groups and advo­cated for a bor­der “wall” topped with elec­tri­fied wire to stop what he has called a “slow motion Holo­caust” of undoc­u­mented immi­gra­tion into the United States. In an address to the House King asserted that undoc­u­mented immi­gra­tion is “a slow-rolling, slow-motion ter­ror­ist attack on the United States.”

Michael Cut­lerCut­ler is a for­mer INS (now ICE) agent who is a senior fel­low at the Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tion Cal­i­for­ni­ans for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion (CAPS) and a for­mer fel­low at the anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS). In a July 3, 2013 op-ed in the Wash­ing­ton Times, Cut­ler claimed that “a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of the illegal-alien pop­u­la­tion includes those who know they could not be law­fully admit­ted via the inspec­tions process that is designed to pre­vent the entry of aliens who have dan­ger­ous com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases, severe men­tal ill­ness, seri­ous crim­i­nal his­to­ries, are fugi­tives from jus­tice in other coun­tries or have com­mit­ted war crimes or human rights vio­la­tions, or are spies or terrorists.”

Allen WestWest is a for­mer Rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the state of Florida who failed to win reelec­tion in 2012. West is closely tied to peo­ple in the anti-Muslim move­ment, pub­lish­ing blogs on sites such as Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shrugs and fre­quently pre­sent­ing at events such as ACT! for America’s 2013 national con­fer­ence.  In a March 8, 2010 speech, West demo­nized Islam, stat­ing, Islam is a total­i­tar­ian theo­cratic polit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy, it is not a reli­gion. It has not been a reli­gion since 622 AD, and we need to have indi­vid­u­als that stand up and say that.”

Ken Crow – Crow is an Iowa res­i­dent and founder of Tea Party Com­mu­nity. In an undated post on the online forum Hub Pages, Crow wrote, “The only place in Amer­i­can soci­ety for MULTICULTURALISM is with our Native Amer­i­cans. They were here first and need to be treated with a very high level of respect. We should not be alter­ing Amer­ica for any­one else. But we are. We even have the Islamic faith­ful build­ing schools here and yes they are teach­ing their chil­dren to hate Amer­ica. They are teach­ing and preach­ing hatred of Amer­ica on Amer­i­can soil.” Crow has pub­lished numer­ous arti­cles on the vir­u­lently anti-Muslim site The United West.

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June 6, 2013 18

Black American Leadership Alliance Mobilizing Against Immigration Reform

A group made up of long­time anti-immigrant activists claim­ing that immi­gra­tion reform will hurt the African-American com­mu­nity is work­ing on a num­ber of fronts in oppo­si­tion to the Senate’s immi­gra­tion reform bill. The group, the Black Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Alliance (BALA), recently changed its name from the African Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Coun­cil (AALC). black-american-leadership-alliance

Using its orig­i­nal name, the group held a press con­fer­ence in April announc­ing its oppo­si­tion to the Senate’s immi­gra­tion reform bill. BALA’s mem­bers, such as activists Frank Mor­ris and Leah Durant, are closely tied to anti-immigrant groups founded by or with the help of racist John Tan­ton, the archi­tect of the modern-day anti-immigrant move­ment. Mor­ris cur­rently sits on the boards of the Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) and the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), both founded by Tan­ton, and another anti-immigrant front group, Pro­gres­sives for Immi­gra­tion Reform (PFIR). Durant is the exec­u­tive direc­tor of PFIR and is a for­mer attor­ney with the Immi­gra­tion Reform Law Insti­tute (IRLI), the legal arm of FAIR. 

Since its ini­tial press con­fer­ence, the group issued an open let­ter on June 3 to the Senate’s bi-partisan “Gang of Eight,” the Con­gres­sional Black Cau­cus and sen­a­tors from states with high rates of black unem­ploy­ment urg­ing them to acknowl­edge the “dam­ag­ing impact mass immi­gra­tion has on low-skilled work­ers” and rec­og­nize “the harm­ful impact that S. 744 would have on low skilled work­ers, par­tic­u­larly those in the black community.”

Many of the sig­na­to­ries of the let­ter attended and spoke at the group’s press con­fer­ence in April. One of the sig­na­to­ries, Tom Broad­wa­ter, the national chair of the group Americans4Work, appeared as a guest on a webi­nar hosted by the anti-immigrant group Num­ber­sUSA on June 4. Dur­ing this call, Broad­wa­ter stated, “We need our jobs, we need our peo­ple, our Amer­i­can cit­i­zens to have jobs. Legal immi­grants, ille­gal immi­grants, they’re all bad as far as we are con­cerned for America.”

On July 15, BALA is orga­niz­ing a “DC March for Jobs” rally in Wash­ing­ton, DC, intended “to help to stop Con­gress’ amnesty push.” BALA’s web­site says that the group will “demand that our lead­ers reject amnesty, and pass immi­gra­tion poli­cies that put black Amer­i­cans back to work.” It remains to be seen how many activists BALA can mobi­lize for the event.

The talk­ing points and tac­tics BALA is using in an attempt to derail the Senate’s immi­gra­tion reform bill are no dif­fer­ent from the broader anti-immigrant move­ment. Through­out its his­tory, the move­ment has cre­ated front groups opposed to immi­gra­tion reform, claim­ing that it will have a neg­a­tive effect on minorities.

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