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November 25, 2013

Anti-immigrant And Anti-Muslim Groups Join Forces To Host Event In North Carolina

On Friday, November 22, the Fayetteville, North Carolina chapter of ACT! for America, an orga­ni­za­tion pro­mot­ing the idea that Islam is a back­ward and sedi­tious polit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy, hosted a screening of the anti-immigrant film, “They Come to America.” After the screening, organizers have scheduled a panel discussion about immigration with James Johnson, head of the North Carolina-based anti-immigrant group NC FIRE and Ron Woodard, the founder of another North Carolina-based anti-immigrant group, NC Listen.act-for-america-they-come-to-america-poster

The Fayetteville chapter of ACT! for America regularly posts extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric on its Facebook page, claiming Islam is in a war with the world and promoting a video titled “Islam and Nazism, the Unholy Alliance.” Both Johnson and Woodard are anti-immigrant activists with ties to extremism. Earlier this year, Woodard received the “We the People Leadership Award” from the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) a group founded by racist John Tanton. FAIR helped to found and buttress Woodard’s group, NC Listen.

James Johnson of NC Listen has circulated articles from racist websites such as VDARE and American Renaissance in the past. In 2011, Johnson posted a picture of himself with Roan Garcia-Quintana, a director of the white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) on Facebook. Both men were attending FAIR’s Hold Their Feet to the Fire event. 

The screening and panel discussion is just one recent example of collaboration between the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim movements, both at the national and local level. Both movements see immigration as problematic and promote xenophobia. Nationally, both anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups promote anti-immigrant legislation and both movements worked to derail immigration reform in 2013. At the local level, activists attend and speak at each other’s events and support each other’s campaigns.

Events such as the Boston Marathon bombings, as well as stories about “terrorists” entering the United States through Mexico serve as fuel for both the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim movements and indicate that further collaboration between groups both at the local and national level will not only continue, but increase.

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September 13, 2013

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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May 10, 2013

Jason Richwine Has Ties To More Extreme Elements of Anti-Immigrant Movement

Update: As of May 10, 2013, Jason Richwine has resigned from his position as senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.

Jason Richwine, a co-author of a major report on the alleged costs of immigration reform published this week by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, has ties to the more extreme elements of the anti-immigrant movement. Richwine’s previous writings and statements also promote stereotypes about Hispanics.jason-richwine

Richwine is a regular attendee of the annual Writers Workshop event organized by The Social Contract Press (TSCP). TSCP is a publishing house founded by the racist John Tanton, the architect of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement.

This annual work­shop often fea­tures racist speak­ers, includ­ing Peter Brimelow, the founder of the anti-immigrant web­site VDARE, and Wayne Lutton, editor of The Social Contract (TSC), a journal published by TSCP.  Richwine spoke at the Writers Workshop in 2010 and 2012. At the 2010 conference he claimed to be an attendee “for a few years” and identified himself as “a restrictionist.” At the same event, Richwine participated in a debate with conservative author Ron Unz on the issue of white versus Hispanic crime rates. Richwine argued that the rate of crimes committed by Hispanics is much higher than that of whites.

In 2012, the same year Peter Brimelow addressed the event, Richwine talked about cultural differences between the European immigrants who came to the U.S. before the 1965 Immigration Act and the Hispanic immigrants who came to this country post-1965. He argued that when we talk about immigration “culture is the overriding concern.” Later in his speech, Richwine spoke about the differences in appearances between Hispanics and whites, claiming “Hispanic immigrants usually look distinctly non-white.” He said he did not “celebrate the fact that this should matter,” but added that “the reality is that subconsciously humans are a tribal species.”

He concluded his argument by claiming, “To me this is something that’s just a reality of human nature, that some groups of people are more culturally compatible than other groups of people is a reality of the human condition.”

In 2009, Steve Sailer, a long-time VDARE author with a history of making racist statements, highlighted an article by Richwine discussing the differences in IQ between Indian Americans, white Americans and Ashkenazi Jews. This not the first time Richwine has discussed IQ differences. According to a May 8, 2013 article in the Washington Post, Richwine has argued against allowing immigrants with lower IQs into the country.

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