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November 26, 2014

Anti-immigrant Activist Provides Substantial Input For Georgia Bill

According to a newspaper report, longtime anti-immigrant activist D.A. King provided “substantial input” for an anti-immigrant bill pre-filed in the Georgia Senate for 2015. The bill seeks to block people who have received work permits and deferred deportation through the federal deferred action program from receiving driver’s licenses in the state.d-a-king

King is the founder of the Marietta-based anti-immigrant group Dustin Inman Society (DIS) and has a history of making bigoted statements and working with the more extreme elements of the anti-immigrant movement.

In April 2007, for example, when speaking at a Newton County, Georgia Republican Party meeting, Mr. King reportedly claimed that undocumented immigrants are “not here to mow your lawn – they’re here to blow up your buildings and kill your children, and you, and me.”  Mr. King has also asserted that the United States is “being invaded and colonized” by a “Mexican mob that brings with it a culture of lawlessness and chaos.” Earlier this year, in response to children fleeing violence from Central America and seeking refuge in the United States, King asserted that the children are “swarming the border and bringing disease.”

For a number of years, King penned articles for the racist website VDARE, founded by white supremacist Peter Brimelow. In one blog entry, he discussed his experience at a March for Dignity, comprised of, in King’s words, “mostly Hispanic demonstrators.” He wrote, “I got the sense that I had left the country of my birth and been transported to some Mexican village, completely taken over by an angry, barely restrained mob….My first act on a safe return home was to take a shower.”

King also has ties to racist John Tanton, the architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement. Tax deductible donations to King’s DIS can be made through U.S., Inc., a group founded by Tanton. The president of U.S., Inc. is anti-immigrant extremist K.C. McAlpin, Tanton’s right-hand man. McAlpin organizes an anti-immigrant Writers Workshop event each year where activists, including a number of racists, present on immigration topics. King spoke at both the 2010 and 2011 Writers Workshop.  In 2010, other speakers included Jason Richwine, who left the Heritage Foundation after information emerged that he had written for a “nationalist” website and had written his doctoral thesis arguing that the U.S. should focus its immigration efforts on people with high IQs, and Kevin DeAnna, the founder of the now-defunct far-right student group Youth for Western Civilization. In addition, King is a contributor to Tanton’s anti-immigrant journal The Social Contract, edited by racist Wayne Lutton.

Though King has demonized immigrants through his bigoted statements, he continues to be a major player in the immigration debate in Georgia. His working relationship with politicians can impact immigration legislation and the lives of immigrants in Georgia.

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November 26, 2014

Activists Use Extreme Rhetoric in Response to Obama’s Executive Action

A number of anti-immigrant activists and groups used extreme rhetoric in response to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, announced on November 20. For example, William Gheen of the extreme anti-immigrant group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) connected the Mexican Civil War with Obama’s executive action in an interview with the conspiracy-oriented website World Net Daily. Gheen stated, “Obama’s choice of this date [November 20 is Mexican ‘Revolution Day’ or Mexican ‘Civil War Day’ which is the equivalent of America’s 4th of July] for his departure from his Oath of Office and the U.S. Constitution creates a permanent symbolic relationship between his actions and Mexico’s violent revolutionary and civil wars from 1910-1920.”

William Gheen

William Gheen

Gheen also circulated a Gary Varvel cartoon that depicted an immigrant family climbing in the window of a house of a white family while they are eating Thanksgiving dinner with the caption, “Thanks to the President’s immigration order, we’ll be having extra guests this Thanksgiving.” Gheen later claimed the cartoon “makes a very important point about illegal immigration, boundaries, the assault on American families and American culture… and the real situation in America. And unfortunately for many American [sic], illegal aliens are literally crawling through their windows!”

A number of activists associated with the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) also made comments about President Obama’s plan on immigration. When asked on his radio show whether Obama’s actions would lead to ethnic cleansing, Kris Kobach, who is of counsel with Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the legal arm of FAIR, responded, “And the rule of law used to be unassailable, used to be taken for granted in America. And now, of course, we have a president who disregards the law when it suits his interests. So, while I normally would answer that by saying, ‘Steve, of course we have the rule of law, that could never happen in America,’ I wonder what could happen…”

Ruthie Hendrycks, a FAIR state advisor and head of the anti-immigrant group Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform (MINNSIR), posted a comment on Facebook calling for the families of undocumented immigrants currently in deportation proceedings to also be deported.

FAIR advisory board member and anti-immigrant extremist Frosty Wooldridge, responded to the president’s action in his regular column on the News With Views website by espousing birther conspiracy theories. Wooldridge wrote, “We now face a man in the White House who doesn’t mind breaking our Constitution, paid for with the blood of millions of men and women. In his youth, he chose to smoke pot, do drugs and lie his way through college and into Congress. He lacks any comprehension of what America stands for because he still hasn’t proven he’s an American.”

More extreme elements of the anti-immigrant movement also weighed in on the issue. White supremacist Peter Brimelow, the founder of the racist and anti-immigrant website VDARE called for the impeachment of President Obama. Brimelow also used the November 20th announcement to call for the “immediate abolition” of birthright citizenship.

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July 15, 2014

Militia Activist Has History of Inciting Revolution

In a response to the on-going crisis involving juvenile undocumented migrants crossing the U.S. border with Mexico, members of a small right-wing extremist militia group in Texas recently issued a call for militia groups to “guard” the border.chris-davis-anti-government

Local media noticed the leader of the group, “Commander” Christopher Davis of Poteet, had posted a YouTube video in which he seemed to instruct people to point weapons at migrants and threaten to shoot them.

In response, Davis removed his YouTube videos and Facebook profile and assured reporters that he was just going to “supplement” law enforcement and “help them.” Said Davis, “There’s nothing malicious …We’re just here to serve freedom, liberty, and national sovereignty.” Davis even announced intentions to meet with law enforcement in the Laredo area.

Yet a closer look at Davis reveals a history of attitudes towards government that seems not nearly so helpful and benign. In fact, until Davis started “Secure Our Border – Laredo Sector” in recent weeks, his anger and rhetoric were directed not at immigration, but almost totally against the federal government.

An analysis of Facebook and Twitter postings by Davis dating back to 2012 reveals extreme antagonism towards the federal government. Claiming not to recognize any law or authority that “goes against the Constitution,” Davis has repeatedly expressed his willingness to physically confront a “tyrannical” federal government.

Waiting on the government to make the first move, Davis claimed in December 2012 on Twitter, “is like stepping into a bear trap to disengage it.” Rather, as he explained the following April, “when tyranny becomes law, revolution becomes duty.” In January 2014, Davis swore an oath on Facebook to defend America “against the current tyrannical government.”

Davis has repeatedly claimed that people have only two options left: “mass civil disobedience or another 1776.” Sometimes Davis has urged the former, while at other times, as in a February 2014 twitter comment, he has warned people not to be content “to merely march” when the government is using “fear, force, and violence as weapons of oppression.”

In March, Davis declared on Facebook that “we will attempt to arrest the tyrants” and that there was only “a minimal chance of success without violent confrontation.” But Davis said that he and others were “willing to lay down our lives, if needed.”

Whatever path Davis envisions, war with the government seems to be at the end of it. In a June 2 tweet, Davis argued that there are only three options: 1) a “plan of action in a last ditch effort to take our country back,” 2) “take up arms and physically remove the tyrants,” and 3) “stay reactive, they drop the hammer down…pockets of resistance…try to fight back.” All three options “will lead to war.”

To date, Davis’s efforts to mobilize militia groups at the border have met with little success, raising the question of whether he may once again turn his focus to his favorite perceived enemy: the federal government.

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