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December 6, 2013 4

Racists to Rally in South Carolina Against Immigration Reform

On Decem­ber 7, 2013, the League of the South (LOS), a racist neo-Confederate orga­ni­za­tion, will hold a rally in Greenville, South Car­olina, tar­get­ing Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham (R-SC) for his sup­port of immi­gra­tion reform. Gra­ham along with seven other Sen­a­tors formed the “Gang of Eight” and drafted S.744, the Bor­der Secu­rity, Eco­nomic Oppor­tu­nity, and Immi­gra­tion Mod­ern­iza­tion Act which even­tu­ally passed the Sen­ate in June 2013.league-of-the-south-logo

Brad Grif­fin aka “Hunter Wal­lace,” the founder of the white suprema­cist web­site Occi­den­tal Dis­sent, is one of the key pro­mot­ers of the Greenville event. Numer­ous blogs pro­mot­ing the LOS rally and attack­ing Lind­sey Gra­ham appear on the Occi­den­tal Dis­sent web­site. Some of the attacks on Gra­ham on Occi­den­tal Dis­sent are anti-Semitic. In one blog, Grif­fin wrote, “If Lind­sey Gra­ham isn’t ‘con­trolled by the Jews,’ he sure gives off that impres­sion.”  Another claimed Gra­ham vis­ited Florida recently to “shake­down the elderly Jew­ish Zion­ists in Palm Beach County in the hope of get­ting a hand­some kick­back for his tire­less war­mon­ger­ing against Iran and Syria.”

The LOS rally in Greenville is the third immi­gra­tion rally the orga­ni­za­tion staged since the sum­mer. While the ral­lies in Geor­gia and Ten­nessee tar­geted a local politi­cian and the state’s immi­gra­tion poli­cies respec­tively, the South Car­olina rally is the first time in this cam­paign that the LOS is tar­get­ing a fed­eral politi­cian. On the Face­book event page for the Greenville rally, LOS claims Gra­ham “is one of the most out­spo­ken ene­mies of the South­ern peo­ple who has long sup­ported Third World immi­gra­tion and amnesty for ille­gal immigrants.”

Graham’s stance on immi­gra­tion also prompted a num­ber of anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tions to tar­get him ear­lier in the year. Num­ber­sUSA, the anti-immigrant movement’s grass­roots orga­nizer, launched a $150,000 TV and radio ad cam­paign against Gra­ham in his home state in Feb­ru­ary. In April the anti-immigrant group Dustin Inman Soci­ety (DIS) funded a bill­board seen on an Atlanta high­way attack­ing Gra­ham for his sup­port of immi­gra­tion reform.

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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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