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March 7, 2014 5

Anti-Immigrant Movement Dealt Three Major Blows In One Day

Ear­lier this week, two U.S. Supreme Court orders and a set­tle­ment agree­ment out of South Car­olina dealt major blows to the anti-immigrant movement’s agenda.supreme-court-east-facade

On March 3, the Supreme Court declined to hear appeals by the cities of Hazle­ton, Penn­syl­va­nia, and Farm­ers Branch, Texas, let­ting stand lower court rul­ings that had struck down both cities’ anti-immigrant ordi­nances.  Hazle­ton and Farm­ers Branch gained national noto­ri­ety when they passed ordi­nances bar­ring undoc­u­mented immi­grants from rent­ing prop­erty in the towns. 

In both cases, lower courts struck down the ordi­nances as uncon­sti­tu­tional and pre­empted by fed­eral law.  The Supreme Court’s orders deny­ing the appeals requests end the legal bat­tles, which have been ongo­ing since 2006, and secure a per­ma­nent vic­tory for immi­gra­tion and civil rights groups. 

On the same day as the Supreme Court’s orders, South Car­olina offi­cials set­tled a law­suit with immi­grant and civil rights groups over the state’s anti-immigrant laws.  In 2011 South Car­olina passed a law sim­i­lar to Arizona’s SB 1070 that, among other things, required local law enforce­ment to inves­ti­gate people’s immi­gra­tion sta­tus if they had rea­son to believe the per­son was undocumented. 

The pro­vi­sion, com­monly known as “papers please,” effec­tively required local law enforce­ment offi­cers to func­tion as immi­gra­tion enforcers.  In a let­ter sub­mit­ted to the court signed jointly by the Attor­ney Gen­eral and the Solic­i­tor Gen­eral, ear­lier this week South Car­olina agreed that local law enforce­ment would not hold peo­ple purely to deter­mine immi­gra­tion sta­tus.  The let­ter fur­ther con­ceded that the law does not per­mit state and local offi­cials to arrest or hold any­one believed to be undoc­u­mented “for any pur­pose, even to trans­fer the indi­vid­ual to fed­eral custody.”

The Supreme Court orders and South Car­olina set­tle­ment are major defeats for the anti-immigrant move­ment and its “attri­tion through enforce­ment” agenda. In the early to mid-2000s, the move­ment crafted this agenda, also known as “self-deportation.”

The goal was to make life so dif­fi­cult for immi­grants that they would “self-deport” from the city or state and move to another, or ulti­mately back to their coun­try of ori­gin.  Kris Kobach, the Kansas sec­re­tary of state and a lawyer with the Immi­gra­tion Reform Law Insti­tute (IRLI), the legal arm of the extreme anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tion Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), is the mas­ter­mind behind attri­tion through enforce­ment and one of the lead­ers pro­mot­ing the agenda today. Kobach helped to draft and defend the ordi­nances in Farm­ers Branch, Hazel­ton, and many other cities as well as Arizona’s SB 1070 law.

The Supreme Court orders and South Car­olina set­tle­ment are part of a wider trend of defeat for the anti-immigrant move­ment.   Since the begin­ning of 2013 there has been a major decline in anti-immigrant leg­is­la­tion intro­duced at the state level nation­wide. Pro-immigrant leg­is­la­tion is on the rise and the anti-immigrant move­ment is on the defense, attempt­ing to stop this influx of leg­is­la­tion instead of con­tin­u­ing to draft “attri­tion through enforce­ment” bills. These lat­est devel­op­ments send a clear mes­sage to the anti-immigrant move­ment and state and local leg­is­la­tors that anti-immigrant leg­is­la­tion not only divides com­mu­ni­ties but it does not hold up in court.

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August 1, 2013 1

Suspected Killer Of Sex Offender Published Book Advocating Killing Sex Offenders

Jeremy Moody, the racist skin­head charged along with his wife, Chris­tine Moody, in the mur­der of a reg­is­tered sex offender and his wife in Jonesville, South Car­olina, on July 21, pre­vi­ously pub­lished a book in which he called for the killing of sex offenders.jeremy-moody-book-post

Moody’s 85-page self-published book, Yes­ter­day, Today & For­ever, is in most respects a typ­i­cal white suprema­cist screed. Its title was bor­rowed from the name of an album from the Florida-based Oi! band Chil­dren of the Reich. 

The book, which Moody claimed “will live on through the ages,” includes sec­tions that deny the Holo­caust, that claim whites are more intel­li­gent than non-whites, that engage in 9–11 con­spir­acy the­o­ries, that rail against homo­sex­u­al­ity, and that elab­o­rate on Moody’s Chris­t­ian Iden­tity beliefs.  Chris­t­ian Iden­tity is a racist and anti-Semitic reli­gious sect that claims that white peo­ple are descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel; Moody writes about a future time when “God’s cho­sen White Adamic men and women” will “attack…Zionist and negro whores.”

But Moody also includes con­tent on another sub­ject, what he terms “the low­est of all the species.”  That sub­ject is “child moles­ters.”  Indeed, Moody goes so far as to include a spe­cial sec­tion enti­tled “Child Abuser (I Seek Your Death).”    He admit­ted that “this topic does not flow with the over­all theme of this book,” but explained that “it’s a topic that I’m pas­sion­ate about just the same.” 

After tak­ing some time to recite alleged sta­tis­tics about child abuse in the United States, and assert­ing that “it is not pos­si­ble to reha­bil­i­tate a child moles­ter,” Moody gets to his pro­posed “solu­tion” to the prob­lem of sex offend­ers.  “The only cure for child abusers and moles­ters,” he pro­claims, “is to have every mem­ber of their imme­di­ate fam­ily killed.”  Moody’s ratio­nale for killing not only sex offend­ers but their fam­i­lies as well is that “these nefar­i­ous crimes and peo­ple should not be allowed to pro­cre­ate.”  By destroy­ing the fam­ily, asserts Moody, “you purify the blood­line.”  This is the only way, Moody writes, that sex offend­ers or their fam­i­lies can­not ever hurt chil­dren again. 

Antic­i­pat­ing crit­i­cism, Moody claimed that his sug­ges­tion was not “imma­ture.”  Rather, he wrote, “I think it’s the only answer, and if you don’t agree, then you too should be destroyed.”

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July 26, 2013 2

Racist Skinhead Couple Arrested For South Carolina Double Homicide

Deputies from the Union County, South Car­olina, Sheriff’s Office arrested racist skin­heads Jeremy Lee Moody, 30, and Chris­tine Moody, 36, for the alleged mur­der of a local cou­ple, one of whom was a reg­is­tered sex offender, on July 21. 

Deputies had found the vic­tims’ bod­ies two days ear­lier.  One vic­tim, Charles Parker, the reg­is­tered sex offender, had gun­shot wounds to the neck and chest; his wife Gretchen had a gun­shot wound to her chest.  The bod­ies also had mul­ti­ple stab wounds.jeremy-and-christine-moody

Law enforce­ment offi­cials char­ac­ter­ized Jeremy Moody as a pos­si­ble vig­i­lante, report­ing that he had told them he had gone to the Parker res­i­dence because Charles Parker was a reg­is­tered sex offender (the names and addresses of reg­is­tered sex offend­ers are eas­ily acces­si­ble on the Inter­net).  Jeremy Moody report­edly had intended to kill another sex offender on the day of his arrest. 

Both Moodys had been white suprema­cists for some time; Moody claimed ear­lier in 2013 that he had been a skin­head for 16 years.  He sports numer­ous white suprema­cist tat­toos.  The Anti-Defamation League first became aware of Jeremy Moody in 2010.  At that time, Moody iden­ti­fied him­self as a mem­ber of Crew 38, a “sup­port group” for the Ham­mer­skins, a large and vio­lent racist skin­head group. 

Around this time, Jeremy Moody also penned an 85-page self-published screed, Yes­ter­day, Today and For­ever, expli­cat­ing his big­oted views about Jews, blacks, homo­sex­u­als and oth­ers.  Moody sold copies of the book for the sym­bol­i­cally impor­tant amount of $14.88 (“14” is a ref­er­ence to the white suprema­cist slo­gan known as the “14 Words,” while “88” is white suprema­cist code for “Heil Hitler”).

Both he and his wife Chris­tine fre­quently adopted the last name of “Men­gele” in their on-line post­ings; Josef Men­gele was the infa­mous Nazi doc­tor who per­formed med­ical exper­i­ments at Auschwitz.  Both Moodys had a his­tory of mak­ing racist com­ments that often resulted in the sub­se­quent dele­tion of on-line pro­files they had cre­ated.  In com­ments on a Face­book pro­file, they also both expressed a love of the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show Dex­ter, about a ser­ial killer who engages in vigilante-style killings of other murderers.

In early June 2013, the Moodys joined a new racist skin­head group, Die Auser­wahlten Skins, cre­ated by a dis­en­chanted mem­ber of another white suprema­cist group, the Aryan Ter­ror Brigade, in early 2013.  As of Jan­u­ary 2013, the group claimed some 25–30 mem­bers around the country. 

The Moodys expressed inter­est in cre­at­ing a South Car­olina branch of the Auser­wal­hten Skins.  Chris­tine Moody took on the role of a recruiter for the group, though she com­plained in late June that it was hard to find recruits “when all the white bitches down here have fu–ed ni—rs and the men are all a bunch of drug addicts.”  Iron­i­cally, both Moodys were arrested in 2012 on nar­cotics dis­tri­b­u­tion charges.

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