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July 12, 2013

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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August 3, 2012

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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