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October 7, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Groups Call For Immigration Bans Following Ebola Scare

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Jessica Vaughan

As news broke of the first person inside the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus, anti-immigrant groups seized the opportunity to use this information as a way to speak out against “mass immigration.” Over the past month, anti-immigrant groups used the same tactic when attempting to bring the terrorist group ISIS into the immigration debate.

In an interview with the Daily Caller, Jessica Vaughan, the policy director of the anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) argued that Africans will try to come to the United States for treatment. She attempted to back up this claim by equating Ebola patients with unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central American and seeking refuge in the United States, claiming both are trying “to take advantage” of U.S. border policy. Vaughan has made prior bigoted statements about immigrants. In 2008 Vaughan claimed, “One legacy of TPS (Temporary Protected Status for refugees) has been its contribution to the burgeoning street gang problem in the United States.”

Vaughan’s colleague, Mark Krikorian, continued the argument in a column for National Review Online, titled, “Ban Travel from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea—Now.” In the column, Krikorian again voiced his opposition to Muslim immigration to the United States, stating, “Why has the government permitted the number of Saudi immigrants in the U.S. to double in just three years?… Why are we going to ‘greatly expand resettlement for Syrian refugees’?”

Anti-immigrant extremists also used the Ebola news as an opportunity to call for a reduction to immigration. In an October 1 article, Patrick Cleburne, a writer for the racist website VDARE founded by white supremacist Peter Brimelow, stated, “My own question: why does America need immigration from this famously unhealthy part of the world anyway?” Cleburne ended his article by claiming the U.S. needs to revisit the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which abolished racial quotas contained in previous immigration laws. Also on October 1, the Tea Party Immi­gra­tion Coali­tion headed by racist Rick Olt­man posted an article on its Facebook page about Ebola asking, “Is this how Obama will kill us?”

The anti-immigrant movement often paints immigrants as disease carriers in an attempt to create a climate of fear around the issue and call for a restriction on immigration. Attempting to capitalize of the recent Ebola diagnosis is the latest example of this trend.

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September 12, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Groups Attempt To Bring ISIS Into The Immigration Debate

anti-immigrant-islamIn response to the atrocities committed in the Middle East by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a terrorist group, American anti-immigrant groups are attempting to exploit the public’s legitimate concerns about ISIS by warning that the group plans to enter the United States via Mexico.

In a blog posted on September 8, a fellow for the anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) argued that Senator John McCain’s support of the Senate’s immigration reform bill S-744 in 2013, “has provided ISIS with unfettered access to the United States for both its personnel and their weapons of death and destruction.” The blog concluded with the statement, “Should ISIS or some other terrorist group take advantage of McCain’s welcome mat, he will only have himself to blame as he goes in the eyes of many from war hero to collaborator.”

The anti-immigrant grassroots organization NumbersUSA and the California-based Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) both sent fundraising emails to activists in recent weeks linking ISIS to President Obama’s rumored announcement of some form of executive relief for undocumented immigrants. NumbersUSA claimed ISIS, “is certainly encouraged by the weak U.S. government response to the border surge this summer…” A number of state-based anti-immigrant groups also warned of the threat of ISIS terrorists entering the U.S. via Mexico. Many of the groups cite a report from the conspiracy-orientated “watchdog” group Judicial Watch. Judicial Watch is closely aligned with the anti-immigrant movement.

Some anti-immigrant groups are also responding to the media spotlight on ISIS by espousing anti-Muslim rhetoric. In a Facebook post on September 9, the Tea Party Immigration Coalition headed by racist Rick Oltman asserted, “We must rethink the 1st amendment as it applies to Islam. Islam is NOT a religion; rather, it is a supranational organization hell bent on world domination and killing anyone, anywhere and at any time to do so.”

The anti-immigrant movement often attempts to tie together the issues of immigration and terrorism. This was the case even before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Since 9-11, the movement has concentrated on linking terrorism and immigration under the guise of national security. This is a key argument for the movement in opposition to any form of immigration reform.

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September 13, 2013

Anti-Immigrant Activists And Extremists React To Barbara Coe’s Death

On August 31 racist anti-immigrant activist Barbara Coe, the founder of the anti-Hispanic hate group California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR), passed away. Following her death, a number of anti-immigrant activists and extremists responded with messages praising her work.barbara-coe

Coe spent much of her later life demonizing immigrants in California and working with a number of extremists in an effort to advance her nativist cause. Coe was credited with leading the grassroots effort to pass California’s anti-immigrant legislation Proposition 187 in 1994. According to a 2005 article in the American Prospect, Coe described undocumented immigrant workers as “illegal barbarians who are cutting off heads and appendages of blind, white, disabled gringos.”

Coe also described immigrants as a “malignancy destroying the host.” A member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization, Coe spoke at a number of events featuring extremists. On January 17, 1998, Coe spoke at an anti-immigrant rally in Alabama featuring a number of racists, including Sam Dickson and Rick Oltman. On September 7, 2002 Coe spoke at another anti-immigrant gathering in New York featuring white supremacist Jared Taylor.

After news broke of her death, numerous anti-immigrant activists and extremists responded by painting Coe as a positive figure and promoting their own anti-immigrant views.

Racist Peter Brimelow, founder of the anti-immigrant site VDARE, described her passing as “very sad news,” and went on to state, “Barbara Coe was one of a group of California patriots who came together in the early 1990s because they saw the danger posed by mass illegal and legal immigration—and realized that the political Establishment, liberal and ‘conservative,’ intended to do absolutely nothing about it.”

Glenn Spencer, head of the anti-Hispanic hate group American Border Patrol, described Coe as “fire and brimstone” before stating, “She understood the issues and was a fighter.”

Anti-immigrant activist Ted Hayes claimed, “But before the Minute Men, indeed their [sic] was the California For Immigration Reform, and the partnership of Coe and Ron Prince who launched the successful Proposition 187, which as we know was overturned by a socialist, activist federal court giving cover to the non-military, foreign national, civilian, invasion-occupation of our country.”

William Gheen of the anti-immigrant group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) wrote, “All of Barbara’s friends and family have much to be proud of because of the great fight she put up against the diseases of cancer and illegal immigration!”

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