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July 16, 2014 6

Anti-Immigrant Groups Plan National Protests Against Children Fleeing Violence

In response to the human­i­tar­ian cri­sis at the bor­der, which has seen an influx of chil­dren flee­ing vio­lence in Cen­tral Amer­ica, a num­ber of anti-immigrant activists and right-wing groups are plan­ning two national days of protest on July 18 and 19 against “immi­gra­tion reform amnesty and the bor­der surge.”protest-immigration

The flyer for the event fea­tures the same extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric seen recently at protests in Mur­ri­eta, Cal­i­for­nia and Vas­sar, Michi­gan. The flyer claims that “ille­gal aliens with com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases and con­di­tions such as tuber­cu­lo­sis, sca­bies and head lice are enter­ing our coun­try unabated.” It goes on to warn of a “very real secu­rity risk to Amer­i­cans from drug car­tels, gang mem­bers and terrorists.”

The orga­nizer of the pro­posed nation­wide events sched­uled for July 18 and 19 is Paul Arnold, an anti-immigrant activist and founder of the anti-immigrant group “Make Them Lis­ten.” Arnold is closely tied to the anti-immigrant front group Black Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Alliance (BALA). He helped orga­nize BALA’s “March for Jobs” anti-immigrant rally in July 2013 which was attended by about 800 peo­ple. Arnold also helped to orga­nize anti-immigrant ral­lies in dif­fer­ent states in August 2013 as part of a BALA “tour.” Many of the pro­posed ral­lies were can­celled due to lack of par­tic­i­pants and the few that did take place were sparsely attended

The Face­book event page for this weekend’s planned   protests indi­cates that a num­ber of extreme anti-immigrant groups are allegedly plan­ning to par­tic­i­pate. For exam­ple, the South Carolina-based anti-immigrant group Amer­i­cans Have Had Enough Coali­tion (AHHEC) plans to hold a protest in the state this week­end. White suprema­cist Roan Garcia-Quintana is the exec­u­tive direc­tor of AHHEC and is also a direc­tor and “life­time mem­ber” of the white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens.

Another group plan­ning to par­tic­i­pate in the protests this week­end is the North Carolina-based Amer­i­cans for Legal Immi­gra­tion PAC (ALI-PAC), essen­tially a one man oper­a­tion run by anti-immigrant extrem­ist William Gheen. Gheen has a long his­tory of anti-immigrant rhetoric. In his recent state­ments about the human­i­tar­ian cri­sis, for exam­ple, Gheen advo­cated send­ing “gen­tly used” under­wear to John Boehner and Pres­i­dent Obama in protest of the bor­der patrol’s plea for cit­i­zens to send new pairs of under­wear for the migrants flee­ing violence.

A num­ber of other very active anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tions from around the coun­try includ­ing Min­nesotans Seek­ing Immi­gra­tion Reform (MINNSIR), New York­ers for Immi­gra­tion Con­trol and
Enforce­ment (NYICE) and Help Save Mary­land (HSM) are also sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate at ral­lies in their states. Though it is unlikely the protests will attract large num­bers, the anti-immigrant move­ment is cer­tainly using the human­i­tar­ian cri­sis at the bor­der to attempt to mobi­lize its base.

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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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