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Voters in the small eastern Nebraska city of Fremont will determine the fate of a controversial anti-immigrant housing ordinance today. The house ordinance, passed in 2010 with other anti-immigrant measures, was intended to banish undocumented immigrants from the town by barring them from renting there. It would require “renters to provide information to the police and to obtain city occupancy licenses.”
The housing ordinance was tied up in the courts until 2013. Last fall, as the city was preparing to enforce the ordinance, city officials decided to let voters decide whether to scrap it or push ahead with some of the most draconian immigration regulations in the country.
Some supporters of the ordinance have been distributing anti-immigrant flyers on cars around the city in the days leading up to today’s vote. The flyer describes undocumented immigrants as “invaders” and “criminals.” It claims that “providing housing to invaders is treason” and calls on citizens to support the “Illegal Immigration Ordinance” because the federal “government is not following the Constitution to protect us from the invaders.”
This extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric comes amid demographic shifts in Fremont that mirror changes in the nation at large – the Hispanic population in Fremont “jumped from 165 in 1990 to 1,085 in 2000 and 3,149 in 2010, mostly because of jobs at the nearby Hormel and Fremont Beef plants.”
Not surprisingly, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is working to uphold the ordinance. We have documented the racism at the core of FAIR and the related groups in the Tanton network.
FAIR’s national field director, Susan Tully, denounced the effort to repeal the ordinance as “un-American” and said “good riddance” to employers and landlords that would violate it. Needless to say, the citizens of Fremont may not feel the same way. Maintaining the draconian ordinance would only hurt the city’s economy further while wasting taxpayer dollars and cementing a reputation for intolerance.
We’ll know how they decide soon enough.
Anti-immigrant activist Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, this morning cited approvingly the ideas of white nationalist figurehead Sam Francis in a post for the National Review Online decrying the effects of Obama administration immigration policies.
While Krikorian equivocated by saying he was “not a fan” of Francis, he nonetheless approvingly cited his theories in a blog post discussing the effects of the DREAM Act’s amnesty clauses on the nation’s legal immigration bureaucracy. The post was a response to a Sunday report in the New York Times from Julia Preston, which claimed that “over the past year, waits for approvals of those resident visas stretched to 15 months, and more than 500,000 applications became stuck in the pipeline, playing havoc with international moves and children’s schools and keeping families apart.” Krikorian responded:
That’s half a million husbands, wives, and children of U.S. citizens — people whose expeditious immigration even I support, wholeheartedly — have seen their wait times triple because the administration dumped an illegal amnesty program in the lap of an overwhelmed bureaucracy at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, with no additional resources to handle the workload. That means USCIS had to pull people off the processing of legal immigration applications to handle the amnesty applications of illegal aliens, leading to the increased wait times.
Krikorian then suggested that the situation manifested Sam Francis’ theory of “anarcho-tyranny”:
Note the symmetry: half a million illegal aliens have received amnesty, forcing half a million husbands, wives, and minor children of American citizens to go to the back of the line.
And they’re none too happy about it. One U.S. citizen griped:
You feel as if you did things the right way and you are penalized for it.
Amen. I wasn’t a fan of Sam Francis, but his concept of “anarcho-tyranny” describes this perfectly.
According to Francis, “anarcho-tyranny” is a state in which society becomes controlled by criminals. He claimed that such a state would be the inevitable outcome of multiculturalism.
Krikorian has previously denounced documentation of his far-right extremist moorings as “venomous lying and guilt by association.” We’ll stop noting his extremist views when he stops holding them.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is spearheading a campaign to build support for immigration reform among mainstream conservatives by pointing out what his advocacy group calls the “shocking extremism” of the anti-immigrant movement.
In a 30-page memo sent to every member of Congress, Zuckerberg’s group, FWD.us, specifically attacks a trio of groups created by the racist architect of the modern nativist movement, John Tanton, a Michigan-based ophthalmologist who argued that the preservation of American culture requires “a European-American majority.”
Tanton’s groups – the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies, and NumbersUSA – have played a central role in scuttling immigration reform efforts and are often cited by opponents of reform. FAIR has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has unearthed documents showing that Tanton has spent decades at the heart of the white nationalist movement.
Bob Dane, FAIR’s communications director, has responded by attacking Zuckerberg. “Mark Zuckerberg has no meaningful experience in immigration policies and has resorted to simply cutting and pasting old and false allegations,” Dane wrote in an e-mail to MSNBC. “Mr. Zuckerberg may be the original Facebook friend; he is no friend of the American Worker.”
The Arizona Supreme Court today rejected every aspect of convicted Minuteman murderer Shawna Forde’s appeal, notably including her attempts to escape the death penalty. In a sweeping ruling issued this morning, the court found no reason to derail the nativist leader’s death sentence. Instead, the court affirmed her convictions and sentences, while ordering that her robbery sentences run concurrently rather than consecutively — a meaningless adjustment for someone on Death Row.
Forde, now 46 years old, was convicted by a Tucson jury in 2011 of first-degree murder in the home-invasion shooting deaths of Raul “Junior” Flores and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia, at their residence in rural Arivaca, Ariz. The case focused national attention on the racism and violence that were at the core of the Minuteman anti-immigration movement, whose members were once memorably described by President George W. Bush as “vigilantes.” The horror of the case — Brisenia was a beautiful little girl who was shot in the face as she cowered terrified on a couch with her puppy — helped to bring about the eventual collapse of Minuteman movement.
Despite evidence put on about such mitigating factors as Forde’s abusive childhood and her supposed mental incapacities, the jurors in her case nonetheless unanimously voted for a death sentence.
The murders were part of a grand scheme concocted and led by Forde, a native of Washington state, to construct a large militia training compound on the Arizona border for her border-watch organization, an offshoot of the larger Minuteman vigilante movement. Forde intended to fund the enterprise by ripping off drug-cartel marijuana smugglers at their drug houses. ( continue to full post… )
So long GOP. Hello dictatorship.
Immigration reform and the browning of America are going to turn the land of the free and the home of the brave into a one-party state like the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Mexico.
Further, immigration reform – including a path to citizenship and keeping families together – will flat out destroy the Republican Party and pull the political center to the left.
In other words, it will be a “disaster.”
At least that’s the hysterical prediction of Stephen Steinlight, senior policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the usually wonky think tank of the anti-immigration movement.
According to Right Wing Watch, Steinlight made his dire predications in a recent pair of interviews with a Washington Times blogger.
In the past, the CIS, an arm of the Tanton network of anti-immigrant groups, has typically refrained from denigrating or demonizing Hispanics in the same manner as its sister group, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Instead, it has relied heavily on studies, often faulty, that purport to show the economic and social dangers of immigration.
“We can expect disaster,” Steinlight said when asked what America should expect for the future in the event of “illegal alien amnesty.” ( continue to full post… )
The police department in Suffolk County, N.Y., has reached a tentative agreement with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) to enhance the training of its officers and improve the way it investigates hate crimes and bias incidents, resolving a federal investigation into the county’s policing practices that followed revelations of rampant anti-Latino violence in the county.
The agreement announced yesterday, which still requires the approval of the county legislature, conforms to DOJ recommendations issued in 2011.
The Suffolk County Police Department came under scrutiny in the wake of the 2008 killing of Ecuadorean immigrant Marcel Lucero by a group of teens engaging in what they called “beaner-jumping.” In 2009, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) issued a report, Climate of Fear: Latino Immigrants in Suffolk County, N.Y, that documented widespread hatred and violence directed at the county’s Latino immigrants. The report also showed how certain political leaders in the county had added fuel to the fire by ignoring the problem and using inflammatory rhetoric. ( continue to full post… )
The Constitution Party, a small third party that has been around in one form or another since 1992, says its goal is “to limit the federal government to its delegated, enumerated, Constitutional functions.” As a practical matter, that has meant that it opposes abortion and most immigration, seeks to drastically reduce government spending and end the income tax, and works toward a noninterventionist foreign policy that requires dropping out of international organizations and treaties.
What it has not done, despite serious flirtations with radical anti-abortionists and antigovernment militias, is get into open racism. Not until now, anyway.
Barbara Coe, the vitriolic California racist who regularly called undocumented immigrants “savages” and once claimed that these “barbarians” were busily “cutting off heads and appendages of blind, white, disabled gringos,” has died.
Although she was widely known for statements like those, especially in recent years when she also charged that President Obama was not American and admitted she was a member of a hate group that has described black people as a “retrograde species of humanity,” Coe was once a key player in the nativist movement. In 1994, her California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) helped push through the state’s Proposition 187, which barred the undocumented from services including non-emergency medical care but was ultimately struck down by the courts.
Coe, who was 79 when she died of lung cancer at her Huntington Beach home on Aug. 31, made a routine of viciously attacking immigrants and anyone who supported them. When an 18-year-old student committed suicide because he could not get legal status in the United States, she described his story as just another “sicko yellow-belly coward illegal alien ‘sob story.’” During the 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, held to support legalization of the undocumented, she wondered “how many in this group of foreign invaders have robbed, raped and possibly murdered law-abiding American citizens and legal residents?” When Antonio Villaraigosa was elected mayor of Los Angeles in 2005, she accused the son of a Mexican immigrant of plotting to return Southern California to Mexico. After newly elected California Gov. Gray Davis refused to pursue the Proposition 187 court case, she accused him of being a Communist and began calling him “Red” Davis. ( continue to full post… )
A little over a year ago, Matthew Heimbach was annoying fellow students at Towson University with juvenile stunts like chalking “White Pride” and “White Guilt is Over” on sidewalks of the Maryland campus.
But in the last few months, since graduating at the end of the spring semester, Heimbach has been turning into a full-fledged neo-Nazi. No longer content with softer groups like the White Student Union that he started at Towson, Heimbach now rails about “conniving Jews,” goes on talk shows like that hosted by neo-Nazi David Duke, approvingly quotes terrorist assassin David Lane, wears a pistol when addressing a leading racist group, and calls for violent revolution.
“Revolution is the only answer to our plight,” Heimbach wrote in a post today on the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), an umbrella group he formed this spring with Indiana native Matthew Parrot and which now includes the White Student Union. “Our ancestors fought against the scabs, bosses, capitalists and Jews to make a better future for their children. Now we must do the same.” ( continue to full post… )
Flying the Georgia Secession flag and the Southern Nationalist Activism flag, about 50 demonstrators took to the streets of tiny Uvalda, Ga., this past Saturday to protest the presence of Latino immigrants who they blamed for “Southern demographic displacement.”
The rally, sponsored by the neo-Confederate League of the South, was notable for the lack of overt racism as the organizers, including a man who once belonged to a leading neo-Nazi organization, sought to present a mainstream, non-threatening image.
The demonstrators – who were subject to a strict dress code forbidding Civil War regalia, inflammatory belt buckles and hats, and requiring tucked-in, button-down shirts – smiled and waved to local traffic for several hours in the morning before continuing their protest in nearby Vidalia. ( continue to full post… )