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Hate Groups, Politicians Reportedly Pushing California Nativist Measure

By Heidi Beirich on January 18, 2009 - 3:36 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

A coalition of hate groups, nativist extremists, the California American Legion, Christian Right organizations and prominent members of Congress, including the head of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, have endorsed a punishing anti-immigrant ballot initiative now gathering signatures for California’s June 2010 ballot, according to the website of Taxpayer Revolution.

The initiative aims to “bring an END to ‘birth tourism’” by requiring an “illegal alien birth mother to apply in person for a ‘Birth to Foreign Parent’ document, pay an additional fee, submit full identity [and] means of support [information] with photographs and fingerprints, all of which is transmitted to the United States Department of Homeland Security.” It would also create an entirely new “California Birth Certificate” for all other births. The group claims that ending the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of citizenship to anyone born in the United States, which it considers “a feudalistic, uncivilized practice rooted in Medieval England,” is “critical toward reducing the crime problem.” (This claim ignores numerous studies that show that immigrants are, in fact, significantly less criminal than native Americans.)

Called the California Taxpayer Protection Act, the initiative would end pre-natal and non-emergency care and child welfare checks “deposited into illegal aliens’ bank accounts for the anchor babies” (meaning children born in the United States and who are therefore American citizens). “It is time to stop the proliferation of the Third World in the United States,” Taxpayer Revolution concludes.

The initiative appears to be the handiwork of Ted J. Hilton, who claims on Taxpayer Revolution’s website to have held “the first daytime demonstrations along the border … beginning in 1990” and to have spent 17 years studying “14th Amendment’s original intent.” Hilton says he has “worked closely” with the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) to prepare the initiative’s text. IRLI is the “public interest law affiliate” of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a hard-line nativist group that has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center since 2007. FAIR is listed because of the racist and eugenicist views of its founder and principals, along with a number of other reasons.

On board with Taxpayer Revolution are the hate groups California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR), whose leader Barbara Coe is also a member of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, and the American Immigration Control Foundation (AICF). Both groups have produced racist anti-immigrant materials. AICF head John Vinson, for instance, has said that whites “have every legitimate reason to fear and resist a substantial racial/ethnic shift.”

Two nativist extremist groups also have endorsed the initiative: the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC), who were labeled “vigilantes” by President George Bush, and the San Diego Minutemen, whose members were apparently captured pulling down migrant workers’ tents and makeshift huts on a videotape that appears to have been shot in McGonigle Canyon in San Diego.

Several politicians are listed as supporters of the initiative, most importantly Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), a former lobbyist for FAIR who now heads the House’s Immigration Reform Caucus. Also listed are Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif.) and California State Sen. Tom Harmon (R-Huntington Beach).

National anti-immigration groups, too, are on board. According to Taxpayer Revolution, NumbersUSA “has made a commitment to direct their over 75,000 California members to the website to support the initiative campaign and download the petition.” Peter Nunez, who is leads the board of the Center for Immigration Studies, is also listed as an endorser. Even one Christian Right leader has signed on — Phyllis Nemeth, the state director of the state chapter of Concerned Women of America.

Also endorsing the initiative is the California branch of the American Legion, a leading veterans group that Taxpayer Revolution describes as “very concerned that even illegal alien criminals, drug dealers and terrorists can give birth to a citizen.” Increasingly hard-line about immigration, the national American Legion recently published an error-filled report that relied on several extremists for key claims. In August, a Colorado American Legion post hosted what it called a three day “national security convention” that discussed nothing but “illegal immigration.” On the bill was Glenn Spencer, who leads the vitriolic hate groups American Patrol and American Border Patrol and who is well known for spouting anti-Latino comments. In 1996, for instance, he wrote in a 1996 letter to The Los Angeles Times that “Mexican culture is based on deceit” and “Chicanos and Mexicanos lie as a means of survival.”

Taxpayer Revolution’s initiative would face severe legal challenges if it were to pass. Rhonda Brownstein, director of the SPLC’s legal department, told Hatewatch categorically: “It would violate the U.S. Constitution.”

  • alokalyokal

    My apologeez if this sounds a little obtuse; Is it okay with you for other voting citizens to clarify the law as long as ‘hate-groups’ or politicians don’t sponsor it? Or are we pretty much against any political boundries outside your personal property?

  • Werner Strasser

    I am intolerance to illegal aliens breaking into this country much the same as I can’t tolerate somebody breaking into my house. So what is so unreasonable about that?

    Nevertheless, as a legal imigrant I do admit the 14th amendment is rather odd in that its uniqueness does invite abuse and significantly contributes to the immigration fiasco:

    In most all nations of the world a bastard child inherits the nationality of the mother or if legitimate that of the father. Can anybody tell me the citizenship of a child that is born in Italy or during a trans-Atlantic flight to a US mother? It will not be an Italian the same way a children born to US mothers stationed with the military over seas in Germany will not be of German nationality. Geographical location is meaningless in determining nationality.

    Looking at the situation of US occupational forces all over the globe it appears the 14. Amendment does have exceptions that take care of the nationality of the babies delivered by US military. Those exceptions could be tuned or expanded to give presidenc to international laws for the non US citizens/mothers. Abolish the dual citizenships for anchor babies and let them inherit the mother’s citicenship.

  • Fred

    That is a damn lie! If Legal immigration is indeed legal there is no argument what so ever! That whole moronic statment is a false bogus point to even make!

  • betty brown

    nativism is a real word of the english language, dating back to 1844(according to this nifty thing called a dictionary). one of it’s definitions is: a policy of favoring native inhabitants as opposed to immigrants. seems to fit the anti-immigration crowd to me. as far as the definition of who a true native is, well that’s a sticky debate i stay out of. i was born in the united states and absolutely feel as if i’m a native, but not one of my 4 grandparents was born here. oh noez! i’m so closely related to immigrants?!? oh wait…all 4 were white, so i think that puts me in the clear, huh?
    maybe i wouldn’t have a problem with this law if the state also tracked down the biological father & made him jump through a bunch of hurdles as well and treated him as inferior. no…i guess i would seeing as how i see myself and others as human first and thinking of some innocent kid not getting health care or food because of where it’s parents were from. it’s bizarre to me how blinded by racism & fear some americans seem to be.
    and the 14th amendment is an abomination? whew. are some people for real? people are joking with this over-the-top loony talk, right?

  • Joe

    The 14th amendment was not passed by the rules laid down in the constitution and is an abomination.

    1. The Joint Resolution proposing said amendment was not submitted to or adopted by a Constitutional Congress per Article I, Section 3, and Article V of the U. S. Constitution.

    2. The Joint Resolution was not submitted to the President for his approval as required by Article I, Section 7 of the U. S. Constitution.

    3. The proposed 14th Amendment was rejected by more than one-fourth of all the States then in the Union, and it was never ratified by three-fourths of all the States in the Union as required by Article V of the U. S. Constitution.

    The Supreme Court has skirted the issue of the 14th.

    This law is awesome and we need more states to pass them.

    We need to keep passing them and denying illegals. If they are struck down we need to keep passing more until the will of the people is observed.

    It takes years to get an SC ruling.

    If enough states pass legislation we can make a huge dent in the illegal population and have the desired effect regardless of the SC.

    Keep ’em coming!

  • GENO

    Following up on the topic of being accused of association with “Jewish” related nonsense. Take heed to some of the hardcore “racist skinheads”(Lone Wolves) who actually think the National Alliance is “Jewish” created.
    And they call for white on white crimes.
    When Aslan Mashhadov a while back(now he calls himself Ruslan) stated that the NA is currently not a legit movement with no more than 3 members, I believe him.
    Hallman is merely speaking for himself with no real ‘alliances” of any kind. I don’t take him nor his whining seriously and so should others. But at least he’s entertaining….

  • Carter

    Oh great, just when we were having a dialog along comes Sugar-Heart with the “JEWISH” thing again….. Give it a rest James!
    A little sneak attack with the active use of the term “racist” (as IF the pot was calling the kettle black) & throwing the Jewish-Marxist label as a standard of descriptor practice….

    Muslims don’t practice Pedophilia as part of their religion (with White Nationalists that may be another story…) and Jews don’t all lean to the extreme Left as part of their religion. Mexicans are not all illegally in this country using up “valuable drinking space”. Blacks are not all lazy. Not all Italians are in the Mafia, not all Catholics take secret orders from Rome, not all the folks on the Reservation are alcoholic, not all Irish people either….have I forgot anyone? Oh, yea: Not all Anglo-Saxons hate “different” people.

  • James Hallman

    There is absolutely no reason anyone calling themselves
    an American, could object to taking measures to ensure
    the intergrity of our borders and the value of American
    citizenship unless they’re either an illegal immigrant, or
    a left/wing/Jewish-marxist anti-white racist cockroach!

  • Babette

    The SPLC is now officially a racist hate group out to cut down and commit social genocide against American white people and the religious. I wonder if all the states could get together to sue you? Gonna go find out. ThXs!

  • http://n/a stonzzes

    Hum a good debate …I like this, whats the facts here?
    what is the meaning of “legal” to you ?
    what is the meaning of “illegal” to you ?
    simple question aint it? invited or a trespasser right?
    Any person that is here under legal entry status. deserve all rights granted by law.and protected by law .no matter what when or why.
    But the any persons here do to illegal entry should be removed by the same laws.with no protection no matter what when where or why.
    Law is the Law folks .like it or lump it . Its real hard to teach kids to follow the laws of the land. And treat every body the same. And teach kids the law applys to me and to you the same No matter what or where there may be from …When people are able to break any law’s at will and get support in doing so. right is right wrong is wrong
    Why do people have such a problem under standing this simple thing??? …
    Hum Nativest? new word thats different to say the least.
    Im from English decent and Cherokee Indian decent 1/4
    and as far as I know Cherokee Indians invited English here to stay and give land willing for them to do so…. so Some
    of us English/American were invited. and not trespassing
    So what’s the law’s for if no one will up hold them AS IS and quit trying to twist them to fit what they need at the time to be. Remember Follow the law of the land “The Bible” It doesn’t say to alter it,change it,or confuse it,or twist it, or extend it. not to “interpit” just read and “follow it” “forgive those who trespass against you” I do. do you? .

  • GENO

    “the term “Natavists” is looked upon VERY negatively by many in the local tribes in AZ(&amp: perhaps elsewhere).”

    I don’t think its just the tribes locally and nationwide, that views “natavists” as a bunch of racist hicks. If anyone who views “natavists VERY negatively” its probably the greater Hispanic/Latino communities everywhere. After all the “natavists” seem to have a habitual stereotyping of most Latinos as purported “illegal aliens” or “La Raza” among other retarded innuendos thrown at them almost daily. Besides most Nativez are actually in favor of border security. But then again, they are not pro-natavists or pro-white interests either.
    And if I can guess(without doing research on this topic) where the term “natavists” came from, I figured they took the idea from one their churches they attend, such as “the Church of the Natavity” or some other extreme wing-nut Christian groups.

  • Kevin

    It’s nice to see that the nativists/hate group members have shown up.

  • loren

    I am not sure why one would object to the use of the term “nativist”. Maybe, for the same reason that racists object to being called racists. Both terms remind one of the bigotry and hatred practiced by those groups. One could just as easily refer to them as hate groups. The term “nativist” simply specifies the type of hate we are referring to.

  • Brian Hagler

    I’m firmly againist illegal immigration. All those of European descent need to leave. After all, you were the first illegals. All joking aside, they apparently are not feeling the winds of change. This is clearly unconstitutional and will never become law.

  • ThisAmerican

    The SPLC hypocrisy is just as prevalent in their use of the term Nativist, in an attempt to smear Americans, as Latino’s use of the term racist to describe non Hispanic whites. It’s imbecilic, to say the least. The American citizen who opposes the rampant influx of impoverished, illiterate, illegal aliens is equated with hatred? How so? The use of myriad “American citizen” children to fill the family’s welfare coffers is reknowned. The anti American groups like the ACLU and SPLC foist the support of millions of these aptly entitled “anchor babies” on the American taxpayer with their slanderous fear mongering and name calling. So sad for them that Americans are tired of the deceit and literal embezzlement of these groups putting an undue strain on American taxpayers and their families. Soon the 14th Amendment will return to it’s literal translation as applying to slaves and NEVER meant to give the precious gift of American citizenship to illegal alien children. Citizenship goes to the native country of the mother, let them support them.

  • Vanzant

    So typical of the anti-American, pro-Marxists at SPLC to be throwing a tantrum over this. Heaven forbid we enforce our laws and stop the illegal colonization of our homeland by gazillions of third world invaders.

    Hey commies, when are you going to stop calling illegal alien invaders “immigrants”?

    The only hate group here is SPLC, who hate America.

  • Fred

    Those studies about Immgrants not backing our laws is very true indeed! Because if they do break any of our laws they know they will deported by law! Yet they put these (Legal) immigrants and put them in the same group with ILLEGAL ALIENS to falsify this so called study! That is also the real facts!

  • Fred

    The term nativist is a term way over used by socialist and communist groups to push their own agenda in brain washing our youth to believe they’re views are legal and just ones! Yet its just a smoke screen for their own socialist preopagandist views instead!

  • Brandon

    Good. Mexico is (with its ultra-violent grug cartels, rampant kidnappings for ransom, and wholesale murders), according to several intelligence agencies, rapidly becoming the greatest security threat to the United States. Get a life, hippies. This a good measure. It has nothing to with hate. It has everything to do with prudence.

  • Josef

    Is it actually legal for a state to pass laws regarding this?

    I was under the impression that citizenship was the domain of the federal government only. Wouldn’t this law be unenforceable?

  • GENO

    (This claim ignores the numerous studies that showed immigrants are, in fact, significantly less criminal than native Americans) [sic]

    In the last paragraph, you forget to add “born” as in “native born Americans”, which is not to be mistaken for Native Americans as in American Indian or simply just “Native”.

  • Carter

    Well if President Bush called a group “vigilantes”, I’d check to see if he got that definition correct :-)

    Just as an aside; the tern “Nativist” is looked upon VERY negatively by many in the local tribes in AZ (& perhaps elsewhere).
    I was at a local gathering at a public park to hear some music & had a discussion with a guy I’ve known for a long time. He’s from a fairly large tribe locally (Tohono O’odham: Papago over in Sells, AZ) and he told me he thought the term “Nativist” was deeply repellent to a lot of people. I told him where this site was and to start writing and speak out…..maybe these guys will just start to lighten up on the use of the word. After all “Nativist” is made up. It’s sort of like “Jewish Supremacy” or “Mohammadism”…..