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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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March 4, 2013 0

Anti-Immigrant Activist Writes Vicious Anti-Muslim Screed

Frosty Wooldridge, a Colorado-based anti-immigrant activist and radio show host, wrote an arti­cle for the right-wing news site, News With Views,  that con­tained a num­ber of vehe­mently anti-Muslim com­ments. The arti­cle, “Islamic Butch­ery Man­i­fests in Amer­ica with Mus­lim Immi­grants,” which appeared on the site on Feb­ru­ary 22, 2013, attacked and dis­torted mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, pro­moted anti-Muslim stereo­types and fea­tured other big­oted remarks.

Wooldridge began the arti­cle by crit­i­ciz­ing mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and focus­ing on a num­ber of stereo­types of Mus­lims by assert­ing, “Amer­i­cans must ask them­selves if Muslim-style ‘mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism’ fits into the United States of Amer­ica. Can our coun­try tol­er­ate behead­ings, be-handings, female gen­i­tal muti­la­tion, arranged mar­riages of 12 year old girls and mur­ders of gays?” Wooldridge went on to claim that Mus­lim immi­grants “advo­cate for Sharia Law within Amer­ica” and “as their num­bers grow, they will imple­ment it with the power of the vote.”

Wooldridge con­tin­ued his dia­tribe by focus­ing on the city of Detroit, declar­ing, “Detroit, Michi­gan har­bors mas­sive Islamic cover-up of Mus­lim rit­u­als. It’s become so iso­lated that no Amer­i­can law can be adju­di­cated. Detroit has become an Islamic coun­try within our coun­try.” Wooldridge fol­lowed this by voic­ing a con­spir­acy the­ory often reserved for Jews but in this case directed towards Mus­lims, claim­ing, “Wher­ever their num­bers grow, Mus­lims slowly and method­i­cally over­whelm the host nation.”

Wooldridge also voiced his fears about increases in pop­u­la­tion, some­thing that attracted him to the anti-immigrant move­ment.  Wooldridge, like John Tan­ton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant move­ment, and oth­ers see immi­gra­tion as the biggest cause of pop­u­la­tion growth. Wooldridge asserted that “smaller coun­tries like Bel­gium and Hol­land suf­fer com­plete dis­place­ment of their cul­tures, lan­guages and peo­ple because Mus­lims out-breed them at an astound­ing rate of speed.”

In 2011, the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), one of the largest and most estab­lished anti-immigrant groups in the coun­try, appointed Wooldridge to its advi­sory board. Today he sits on that board along with John Tan­ton, FAIR’s founder. Another group Tan­ton helped found, the Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS), cir­cu­lated Wooldridge’s anti-Muslim rant in its weekly roundup of immi­gra­tion opin­ion pieces.

Wooldridge’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is just the lat­est exam­ple of groups and indi­vid­u­als within the anti-immigrant move­ment tar­get­ing Mus­lims. Wooldridge’s posi­tion on FAIR’s advi­sory board and CIS’s pro­mo­tion of his racist dia­tribe fur­ther demon­strate that the anti-immigrant move­ment rou­tinely accepts big­ots into its ranks.

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