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September 12, 2014 0

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 1

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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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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