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November 26, 2014 0

Activists Use Extreme Rhetoric in Response to Obama’s Executive Action

A num­ber of anti-immigrant activists and groups used extreme rhetoric in response to Pres­i­dent Obama’s exec­u­tive action on immi­gra­tion, announced on Novem­ber 20. For exam­ple, William Gheen of the extreme anti-immigrant group Amer­i­cans for Legal Immi­gra­tion PAC (ALIPAC) con­nected the Mex­i­can Civil War with Obama’s exec­u­tive action in an inter­view with the conspiracy-oriented web­site World Net Daily. Gheen stated, “Obama’s choice of this date [Novem­ber 20 is Mex­i­can ‘Rev­o­lu­tion Day’ or Mex­i­can ‘Civil War Day’ which is the equiv­a­lent of America’s 4th of July] for his depar­ture from his Oath of Office and the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion cre­ates a per­ma­nent sym­bolic rela­tion­ship between his actions and Mexico’s vio­lent rev­o­lu­tion­ary and civil wars from 1910–1920.”

William Gheen

William Gheen

Gheen also cir­cu­lated a Gary Varvel car­toon that depicted an immi­grant fam­ily climb­ing in the win­dow of a house of a white fam­ily while they are eat­ing Thanks­giv­ing din­ner with the cap­tion, “Thanks to the President’s immi­gra­tion order, we’ll be hav­ing extra guests this Thanks­giv­ing.” Gheen later claimed the car­toon “makes a very impor­tant point about ille­gal immi­gra­tion, bound­aries, the assault on Amer­i­can fam­i­lies and Amer­i­can cul­ture… and the real sit­u­a­tion in Amer­ica. And unfor­tu­nately for many Amer­i­can [sic], ille­gal aliens are lit­er­ally crawl­ing through their windows!”

A num­ber of activists asso­ci­ated with the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) also made com­ments about Pres­i­dent Obama’s plan on immi­gra­tion. When asked on his radio show whether Obama’s actions would lead to eth­nic cleans­ing, Kris Kobach, who is of coun­sel with Immi­gra­tion Reform Law Insti­tute (IRLI), the legal arm of FAIR, responded, “And the rule of law used to be unas­sail­able, used to be taken for granted in Amer­ica. And now, of course, we have a pres­i­dent who dis­re­gards the law when it suits his inter­ests. So, while I nor­mally would answer that by say­ing, ‘Steve, of course we have the rule of law, that could never hap­pen in Amer­ica,’ I won­der what could happen…”

Ruthie Hendrycks, a FAIR state advi­sor and head of the anti-immigrant group Min­nesotans Seek­ing Immi­gra­tion Reform (MINNSIR), posted a com­ment on Face­book call­ing for the fam­i­lies of undoc­u­mented immi­grants cur­rently in depor­ta­tion pro­ceed­ings to also be deported.

FAIR advi­sory board mem­ber and anti-immigrant extrem­ist Frosty Wooldridge, responded to the president’s action in his reg­u­lar col­umn on the News With Views web­site by espous­ing birther con­spir­acy the­o­ries. Wooldridge wrote, “We now face a man in the White House who doesn’t mind break­ing our Con­sti­tu­tion, paid for with the blood of mil­lions of men and women. In his youth, he chose to smoke pot, do drugs and lie his way through col­lege and into Con­gress. He lacks any com­pre­hen­sion of what Amer­ica stands for because he still hasn’t proven he’s an American.”

More extreme ele­ments of the anti-immigrant move­ment also weighed in on the issue. White suprema­cist Peter Brimelow, the founder of the racist and anti-immigrant web­site VDARE called for the impeach­ment of Pres­i­dent Obama. Brimelow also used the Novem­ber 20th announce­ment to call for the “imme­di­ate abo­li­tion” of birthright citizenship.

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January 25, 2013 1

FAIR’s Susan Tully Promotes Bigotry and Conspiracies on Radio Show

Susan Tully, the national field direc­tor of the DC-based anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) voiced a num­ber of con­spir­acy the­o­ries and made many anti-immigrant com­ments dur­ing an inter­view with a right-wing radio show on Jan­u­ary 17, 2013. Tully spoke for over an hour on “The Ruthie Report,” a show hosted by Ruthie Hendrycks, who runs the anti-immigrant group Min­nesotans Seek­ing Immi­gra­tion Reform (MINNSIR).  On its web­site, FAIR lists MINNSIR as its local affil­i­ate in Minnesota.

Dur­ing the radio inter­view, Tully dis­par­aged DREAM Act-eligible stu­dents for what she called arro­gance and accused Demo­c­ra­tic politi­cians in Cal­i­for­nia of hav­ing ties to Mex­ico. She also claimed that stu­dents are cross­ing the U.S./Mexico bor­der on a daily basis to attend Amer­i­can schools.

When talk­ing about a poten­tial com­pre­hen­sive immi­gra­tion reform bill, Tully argued that there should be a study of peo­ple granted doc­u­mented sta­tus in the 1986 to see what became of them since that time, insin­u­at­ing that many may have become crim­i­nals. Tully argued, “Ruthie, it seems to me that before we do this again, we need to find out what the four mil­lion peo­ple who were granted amnesty in 1986 went on to do with their lives in the United States. Are they hard work­ers, are they col­lege grads, have they become cit­i­zens or are they in jail?”

Tully went on to voice the first of her many con­spir­acy the­o­ries claim­ing that chil­dren from Mex­ico are cross­ing the U.S./Mexico bor­der to attend Amer­i­can schools on a daily basis. Tully claimed, “I just got a report that I will be inves­ti­gat­ing later this year that along the bor­der in Ari­zona and New Mex­ico they are run­ning school busses to the bor­der to pick up stu­dents who are com­ing in from Mex­ico to attend K-12 classes.”

Tully also crit­i­cized DREAM Act-eligible stu­dents, assert­ing that “the arro­gance I have seen by the DREAM­ers alone, frankly, and their demands and what they think that they’re enti­tled to sim­ply because they’re here and breath­ing our air is phe­nom­e­nal to me. I don’t know what kind of a cul­ture pro­duces peo­ple that are that arrogant.”

Accord­ing to FAIR’s web­site, Tully’s job is to “edu­cate the media and pub­lic on immi­gra­tion issues.” On “The Ruthie Report” Tully instead voiced unfounded con­spir­acy the­o­ries and used big­oted anti-immigrant rhetoric.

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