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September 13, 2013 1

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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July 27, 2012 Off

Conference the Latest Sign of Increased Anti-Immigrant Activity in North Carolina

On August 10–11, 2012, an anti-immigrant con­fer­ence will take place in Wilm­ing­ton, North Car­olina titled, “IIIm­pact – ille­gal immi­gra­tion and the cost to YOU!” The list of con­fer­ence speak­ers was announced on July 23 and brings together many of the main anti-immigrant voices in the state as well as some speak­ers known for their anti-Muslim state­ments and associations.

The con­fer­ence is the lat­est exam­ple of an increase in activ­ity by the anti-immigrant play­ers in North Car­olina. In 2011, the NC House cre­ated the House Select Com­mit­tee on the State’s Role in Immi­gra­tion Pol­icy. The Com­mit­tee has had numer­ous hear­ings through­out 2012 and has pro­vided a plat­form for anti-immigrant and immi­grant rights activists to voice their opin­ions. On June 13, 2012, for exam­ple, anti-immigrant lead­ers includ­ing William Gheen, James John­son and Ron Woodard met with Speaker of the House Thom Tillis (R-District 98) to dis­cuss immi­gra­tion issues. It is unclear at this time what the atten­dance of the con­fer­ence will be but anti-immigrant groups in North Car­olina have been encour­ag­ing peo­ple to go to the event for a num­ber of weeks.

Sched­uled speak­ers at the August event include:

William Gheen – Founder/head of the anti-immigrant group Amer­i­cans for Legal Immi­gra­tion PAC (ALIPAC). Gheen has a long his­tory of hate­ful rhetoric towards immi­grants.  ADL has a lengthy pro­file on Gheen which can be read here.

James John­son – Founder/head of the anti-immigrant group North Car­olini­ans for Immi­gra­tion Reform and Enforce­ment (NCIFRE). On his Face­book page, John­son has cir­cu­lated mate­r­ial from the racist Web site, VDARE.com and the white suprema­cist group, Amer­i­can Renais­sance. John­son has also attended FAIR’s “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event in the past. 

Ron Woodard – pres­i­dent of the anti-immigrant group, NC Lis­ten. NC Lis­ten is listed on the Web site of the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform’s (FAIR) as a local affil­i­ate for North Car­olina. NC Listen’s mis­sion state­ment says that it “part­ners” with FAIR. Woodard has also attended FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event in the past. 

Sher­iff Sam Page (R-Rockingham) will also be speak­ing. Page spoke to Con­gres­sional Lead­ers at an event put together by FAIR in May 2012.  In Octo­ber 2011, Page par­tic­i­pated in a panel titled, “Crime Chal­lenges from Ille­gal Immi­gra­tion” which was spon­sored and mod­er­ated by the anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS). 

Ilario Pan­tano – A for­mer can­di­date for the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in 2010 and 2012, Pan­tano has pro­moted anti-Muslim sen­ti­ment. Pan­tano spoke at both the 2010 and 2011 9/11 ral­lies in New York City put on by anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller. He has also writ­ten the fol­low­ing about the Islamic cen­ter close to ground zero: “It is about mark­ing reli­gious, ide­o­log­i­cal and ter­ri­to­r­ial con­quest.” He con­tin­ued by stat­ing, “This mosque is a martyr-marker hon­or­ing the ter­ror­ists who less than a decade ago killed thou­sands of us just two blocks away, and it must be stopped.”

Sue Myrick – retir­ing NC Con­gress­woman (R-District 9) who also has a his­tory of anti-Muslim sen­ti­ment – she has spo­ken at the national con­fer­ence of ACT! for Amer­ica, one of the largest anti-Muslim groups in the coun­try. She also wrote a for­ward for the book, Mus­lim Mafia: Inside the Secret Under­world that’s Con­spir­ing to Islamize Amer­ica.

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