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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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April 25, 2013 1

Director of White Supremacist Organization Tied to Anti-immigrant Groups

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Roan Gar­cia Quintana

Roan Garcia-Quintana, a direc­tor of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC), is closely tied to anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tions in the United States. Garcia-Quintana is a well-known leader in the CofCC, a group descended from the White Cit­i­zens Coun­cils, which opposed deseg­re­ga­tion of schools dur­ing the Civil Rights era.

He is a fre­quent speaker at CofCC regional events and national con­fer­ences. The CofCC has called mixed-race mar­riage “the mon­gre­liza­tion of the races” and is openly hos­tile to immi­gra­tion. The CofCC state­ment of prin­ci­ples says, “We there­fore oppose the mas­sive immi­gra­tion of non-European and non-Western peo­ples into the United States that threat­ens to trans­form our nation into a non-European major­ity in our lifetime.”

In a recent post on his Face­book wall, Garcia-Quintana wrote about attend­ing an event spon­sored by the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR).  The event, “Hold Their Feet to the Fire,” which took place April 17 and 18 in Wash­ing­ton, DC, brought together anti-immigrant activists, fig­ures, radio hosts and immi­gra­tion restric­tion­ist mem­bers of Con­gress in an effort to influ­ence the immi­gra­tion debate. This year’s event focused on try­ing to derail immi­gra­tion reform by dis­cussing what FAIR sees as prob­lems with the new immi­gra­tion reform bill pro­posed by a bipar­ti­san group of senators.

Par­tic­i­pants in the event pre­sented their views on con­ser­v­a­tive talk radio and lob­bied mem­bers of Con­gress to vote against the bill.  On his Face­book page Garcia-Quintana said, “Attended the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Reform’s annual Hold Their Feet to the Fire to lobby our SC Con­gres­sional Del­e­ga­tion to stop the Rubio-McCain-Schumer Amnesty bill.” A photo on FAIR’s Face­book wall indi­cates that Garcia-Quintana also attended FAIR’s 2011 “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event.

Garcia-Quintana’s rela­tion­ship with anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tions dates back a num­ber of years. He is the founder of the South Carolina-based anti-immigrant group Amer­i­cans Have Had Enough Coali­tion. He also appeared in a 2009 video titled “Immi­gra­tion 103—American Trauma: Jobs and the Econ­omy,” pro­duced by the anti-immigrant group Num­ber­sUSA.

There are well-documented ties between the anti-immigrant move­ment and the CofCC beyond Garcia-Quintana. Roy Beck, the founder of Num­ber­sUSA and Rick Olt­man, a for­mer FAIR field orga­nizer, both addressed CofCC national con­fer­ences in the past. In addi­tion, other well-known fig­ures in the anti-immigrant move­ment, such as Wayne Lut­ton, the edi­tor of the anti-immigrant jour­nal The Social Con­tract, have also spo­ken at CofCC events.

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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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