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December 6, 2013

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

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

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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