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Mayor Rebuffs Neo-Nazi

By Hatewatch Staff on August 11, 2009 - 8:46 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Mayor Tom Stiehm said he refused to allow National Socialist Movement rally organizer Samuel Johnson to promote an anti-immigration petition at an Austin, Minn. city council meeting because, “We fought a war against the Nazis, and I am sure as heck not going to support anything they do.”
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  • joe

    Yes the Mayer is very very simple indeed!

  • Marty Hisington

    This “petition” nonsense is just another obvious attempt of the neo-nazis to try to get publicity and use an issue that they know will inflame passions of other Nativist kooks.
    Thank you, Mr. Mayor for calling it like it is: plain and simply put.

  • kate

    Good for them, good to see someone intelligent holding public office and standing up for what is right.

  • joe

    Its anti (Illegal) immigration you morons! Who in their right mind would waste their time protesting legal immigrants anyway?Keep up your B.S. S.P.L.C! No one does it better then you do!

  • http://yahoo Carol Barrick

    I don’t trust a Federal program that wants local mid-west law officials to enforce immigration issues.
    For one thing, some of the things ICE has done are illegal even if it is a federal government agency. I have attended hearings already being held that challenge what ICE has been doing to immigrants. In the future, if there are trials in this country against those who have abused immigrants, no matter what their status, I would not want my name on the list as having been an abuser.
    Second, immigrants who work in our communities are our neighbors. Most I have met work hard to learn English. As an English teacher and and also as a student of the Spanish language I urge us all to be patient with immigrants. It takes a good 7 years for anyone to master another language and the many immigrants I have met are trying very hard to learn our language.
    Finally, I stand with Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm on his decision to avoid local “hate” type activities. May the federal government soon pass some good comprehensive immigration reform that works toward building families and our communities.