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August 3, 2012 0

New Documentary Portrays Negative View of Immigration in the U.S.

Den­nis Lynch

A new doc­u­men­tary, “They Come to Amer­ica,” writ­ten and directed by Den­nis Lynch, a for­mer entre­pre­neur turned film­maker, has caused quite a stir in anti-immigrant cir­cles over the past cou­ple of months. In the doc­u­men­tary, Lynch trav­els the coun­try inter­view­ing peo­ple about undoc­u­mented immi­gra­tion. Lynch talks to fig­ures from anti-immigrant groups such as Num­ber­sUSA and the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR). Lynch also inter­views Glenn Spencer of the anti-Hispanic hate group Amer­i­can Bor­der Patrol.

Lynch attempts to por­tray both sides of the immi­gra­tion debate by inter­view­ing peo­ple on the “pro-immigrant” side of the spec­trum, as well as undoc­u­mented immi­grants, but the film’s con­clu­sions are clear: undoc­u­mented immi­gra­tion has no pos­i­tive impact on the United States. In sub­se­quent inter­views, Lynch fur­thers his argu­ment by claim­ing that the United States needs to lower the amount of legal immi­grants it admits per year – a posi­tion taken by many anti-immigrant groups.

Lynch spends a lot of time on cam­era with Roy Beck, founder of the anti-immigrant group, Num­ber­sUSA. Beck pre­vi­ously worked as the Wash­ing­ton Edi­tor of The Social Con­tract, an anti-immigrant jour­nal pub­lished by racist John Tan­ton. Beck also spoke at the 1996 national con­fer­ence of the Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens, a white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion. Jack Mar­tin from FAIR is also inter­viewed at length. FAIR, which pro­motes extreme anti-immigration views, was founded by Tanton.

In the film, Lynch also speaks with Michael Cut­ler, a for­mer fel­low for the anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS), another group that Tan­ton helped to cre­ate. Cut­ler cur­rently is a Senior Writ­ing Fel­low for the anti-immigrant group Cal­i­for­ni­ans for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion (CAPS).

Lynch has begun a tour to screen the film. Not unex­pect­edly, local anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tions are host­ing the screen­ings. On July 17, two groups that FAIR lists as local affil­i­ates, Tex­ans for Immi­gra­tion Reduc­tion and Enforce­ment (TFIRE) and Immi­gra­tion Reform Coali­tion of Texas (IRCOT), along with Stop the Mag­net, a Houston-based group ded­i­cated to get­ting anti-immigrant mea­sures on the bal­lot in Hous­ton, screened Lynch’s film.

On July 12, Lynch was on “The Ruthie Report,” a radio show hosted by Ruthie Hendrycks who runs the anti-immigrant group, Min­nesotans Seek­ing Immi­gra­tion Reform (MINNSIR). MINNSIR is also listed on FAIR’s web­site as a local affil­i­ate for Minnesota.

In Mary­land, Lynch’s film will be jointly hosted on August 8 by the anti-immigrant group Help Save Mary­land (HSM). HSM is listed on FAIR’s Web site as a local affil­i­ate for Mary­land. HSM has also worked closely with FAIR’s legal arm, the Immi­gra­tion Reform Law Insti­tute (IRLI).

On August 10, the film will be shown at an anti-immigrant con­fer­ence in North Car­olina.

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July 19, 2012 0

Head of Anti-Hispanic Hate Group Interviewed by Anti-Semitic Publication

Glenn Spencer
The conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic pub­li­ca­tion, Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP) inter­viewed Glenn Spencer, who heads the anti-Hispanic hate group, Amer­i­can Bor­der Patrol(ABP), in an arti­cle pub­lished on July 16, 2012.  ABP reg­u­larly does video sur­veil­lance of the Mexican-American border. 

The arti­cle, “Obama Exec­u­tive Order Means Open Door Amnesty,” was writ­ten by reg­u­lar AFP con­trib­u­tor and con­spir­acy the­o­rist Vic­tor Thorn.  It focuses on Spencer’s views about Pres­i­dent Obama’s exec­u­tive order allow­ing many young undoc­u­mented immi­grants to legally remain in the United States. In the arti­cle, Spencer pro­motes anti-Hispanic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about Mex­i­cans tak­ing over the South­west and accuses Pres­i­dent Obama of try­ing to cre­ate a one-world gov­ern­ment under the ban­ner of “globalism.”

Spencer has been warn­ing of a plan by Mex­i­cans to “invade” and “con­quer” the South­west­ern U.S. for more than a decade. He has claimed that the Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment is “spon­sor­ing the inva­sion of the United States with hos­tile intent.”  Spencer has also attended white suprema­cist events and had a let­ter pub­lished on the racist web­site, VDARE.com.

Despite his views and activ­i­ties, Spencer has been given some degree of legit­i­macy by pre­sent­ing him­self as an author­ity on immi­gra­tion. In March 2012, he spoke to the Ari­zona State Senate’s Bor­der Secu­rity Committee.  

Thorn, who inter­views Spencer for AFP, is also very prob­lem­atic. In addi­tion to writ­ing con­spir­a­to­r­ial arti­cles for AFP, he has pub­lished books pro­mot­ing anti-government and anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries. His lat­est book, The Holo­caust Hoax Exposed: Debunk­ing the 20th Century’s Biggest Lie, clearly pro­motes Holo­caust denial. AFP itself focuses on anti-Semitic themes, from anti-Israel con­spir­acy the­o­ries to Holo­caust denial. AFP is pub­lished by long-time anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier Willis Carto.

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March 2, 2012 0

Glenn Spencer, Anti-Hispanic Bigot and Anti-Semite, Speaks to Arizona State Senate

Glenn Spencer, the head of Amer­i­can Bor­der Patrol, an anti-Hispanic hate group, spoke in front of the Ari­zona State Senate’s Bor­der Secu­rity Com­mit­tee on March 1, 2012. Spencer, who reg­u­larly demo­nizes His­pan­ics and immi­grants, presents him­self as an author­ity on immi­gra­tion.  Last year, he attempted to speak to the same com­mit­tee but was “unin­vited” after protests from the Anti-Defamation League and oth­ers. Spencer’s appear­ance this year came as a sur­prise since his name had report­edly not been placed on the committee’s agenda.

Spencer reg­u­larly does video sur­veil­lance of the Mexican-American bor­der from his ranch in Sierra Vista, Ari­zona, and main­tains two Web sites about his activ­i­ties. Many of the arti­cles on his Web sites con­tain anti-Mexican rhetoric and pro­mote the “Recon­quista” or Azt­lan con­spir­acy the­ory that Mex­i­cans in this coun­try are plot­ting to take over the south­west­ern part of the United States.

Spencer has appeared at white suprema­cist events in the past.  In addi­tion, he has directed his big­otry at Jews. In Decem­ber 2008, Spencer wrote an arti­cle on his Web site enti­tled “Is Jew-Controlled Hol­ly­wood Brain­wash­ing Amer­i­cans?” In the arti­cle, Spencer claimed to have many Jew­ish friends who “have been extremely instru­men­tal in fight­ing ille­gal immi­gra­tion.” How­ever, he asserted,  “this small hand­ful of patri­otic Amer­i­cans are far out­num­bered by lib­eral Jews who now have total con­trol over our media,” adding that “with my mem­o­ries of the Hol­ly­wood elite, I think it is now time that Amer­i­cans be fore­warned that they are prob­a­bly sub­ject to clever pro-illegal alien pro­pa­ganda every time they watch some­thing pro­duced in Hollywood.”

Spencer has also been linked to bor­der vig­i­lante extrem­ist Shawna Forde. Forde received the death penalty in 2011 for her role in the May 2009 mur­ders of Raul Junior Flo­res and his nine-year-old daugh­ter Brise­nia dur­ing a home inva­sion in Ari­vaca, Ari­zona.  Author­i­ties arrested Forde for the mur­ders in June 2009, shortly after she left Spencer’s prop­erty where she had stopped to send emails from her lap­top.  Spencer had appar­ently allowed Forde to live on his prop­erty in 2008, but claimed that he told her after­wards that she was no longer wel­come at the ranch. 

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