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July 9, 2014

Michigan Anti-Immigrant Activist Behind Central American Child Protest

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Tamyra Murray

On Monday, July 7, anti-immigrant activists took to the streets in the small town of Vassar, Michigan, to protest the proposal to transfer children and mothers fleeing violence in Central America to their town. The protest resembled the ones in Murrieta, California, which received national attention due to the ugly climate and extreme rhetoric generated by the protesters.

The organizer of the protest in Vassar was Tamyra Murray, a long-time anti-immigrant activist with numerous extreme anti-immigrant ties. Murray announced her plans to hold a protest on her Facebook page and encouraged activists to join her. Her protest announcement also contained the same extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric voiced by Patrice Lynes, the organizer of the Murrieta protests. Murray wrote, “What diseases are being imported into the US that have already been eradicated here? Many of these ‘children’ belong to dangerous gangs and drug cartels.”

Before the protest, Murray announced that anti-immigrant activists from across the state of Michigan would be in attendance. The same was the case in Murrieta, where a number of anti-immigrant activists flocked to join the protests from all over Southern California.

Murray is a state advisor for the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). She is a regular attendee at FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Murray spoke at an anti-immigrant “Protect American Jobs Rally” in her home state of Michigan. Anti-immigrant politicians with ties to FAIR also spoke at the event. In September 2013, Murray, along with FAIR field representative Robert Najmulski, was listed as a speaker at a “Citizens Rising Against Illegal Immigration” event in Chester, Ohio.

Murray is also a liaison/public speaker for U.S., Inc., a Michigan-based extreme anti-immigrant umbrella organization founded by racist John Tanton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement. Tanton also founded FAIR in 1979. U.S., Inc. runs a number of “projects” includ­ing Tanton’s pub­lish­ing house, the Social Con­tract Press, which pub­lishes racist books, such as Jean Raspail’s Camp of the Saints, and sells books by racists such as Sam Fran­cis, Wayne Lut­ton and Peter Brimelow.

Despite efforts by the anti-immigrant movement to portray the protests in Michigan and California as spontaneous responses by residents, the evidence suggests that in both cases, longtime anti-immigrant activists with close ties to the movement played a major role in both events.

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April 25, 2013

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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