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July 16, 2014

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

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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