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Nativists Work to Counter Sunday’s Pro-Immigrant March

By Sonia Scherr on March 19, 2010 - 4:59 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Nativist Extremist

As thousands of people prepare to rally in Washington, D.C., this Sunday for immigration reform, nativist extremist groups are unleashing their own campaigns to counter the event.

NumbersUSA today launched “S.T.O.P. Amnesty in Four Days,” a drive to derail any immigration reform package that includes a citizenship provision for undocumented immigrants. During the four-day campaign, NumbersUSA supporters will lobby members of Congress by faxing, calling and visiting their offices. The group, including its president and founder Roy Beck, will also have a presence at the march and will feature a live webcast of the event on its homepage.

Though NumbersUSA states on its website that it’s against immigrant-bashing, that’s apparently not true of all the group’s supporters. During last week’s NumbersUSA conference call to mobilize for S.T.O.P. Amnesty, one participant asserted that activists need to let Mexican immigrant women know that they are the new “welfare queens” because they rely on U.S. tax dollars to take care of their babies, according to the Colorado Independent. NumbersUSA’s director for social media marketing, Chad MacDonald, who was moderating the call, said he appreciated the point. “We will make a note of that,” he responded. “Thank you very much.” Another caller said the children of Mexican immigrants should be called dependents rather than babies. “They have dependents,” the caller said. “We have babies.”

Among those taking part in the S.T.O.P. Amnesty campaign is William Gheen’s Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), which “will be working around the clock this coming weekend,” according to a news release from ALIPAC. The group is also planning its own opposition to the pro-reform march, urging people to sign up for “Tea Party Against Amnesty” protests nationwide on April 15. (ALIPAC organized a first round of anti-amnesty tea parties last November.)

In an E-mail today, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) urged supporters to participate in a “three-step counter-strategy” by signing up for FAIR’s “Virtual March on Washington” and reaching out to their senators and representatives.  (The Southern Poverty Law Center lists FAIR as a hate group in part because of its ties to white supremacists and their ideas.) FAIR also complained about the event in a news release Thursday titled “Law Breakers on Parade Again.”

FAIR officials aren’t the only ones painting marchers with a broad brush. On the National Review Online’s blog, Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) Executive Director Mark Krikorian on Thursday called the rally an “illegal-alien-palooza.” And in a Wednesday column on VDARE.com, a white nationalist hate site, FAIR board member Donald Collins referred to the event’s organizers as “the Treason Lobby.” In fact, the march is being sponsored by more than 100 diverse groups, including the AFL-CIO, the Kansas House of Representatives, and Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.

  • beholder

    E-verify misses over half the people it is supposed to catch, according to a new study:

    http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/l.....f-the-time

  • beholder

    ‘You wish to see it fail so that you can replace it with your “utopia” of socialism.’
    jack said, on April 7th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    You mean the ‘utopia’ that established in our country:

    * public k-12 education
    * public higher education
    * public fire departments
    * municipal health clinics and vaccination
    * the weekend
    * the 8-hour work day
    * safe labor standards (OSHA)
    * prohibition on child labor
    * maternity leave
    * workers compensation
    * minimum wage
    * unions and collective bargaining agreements
    * municipal water and sanitation companies
    * municipal garbage collection and waste management

    Just to name a few contributions of socialism…

  • GrannyofWhites

    E-verify will help US win jobs for Americans.

    The Chinese also tried to be a force – organizing a union – and it backfired on them, too.

  • GrannyofWhites

    I see many young people who make postings about Nazis – everyone who is against illegal immigration is a Nazi these days.
    The truth is, Hitler wasn’t even German until he became a German citizen – he was Austrian by birth.
    He should teach us a lesson – not to follow “leaders” because they are persuasive.
    beholder, you are a strange one. I question your motives.
    Now, we are “immigration restrictionists”. Ok.
    What I want to know is why all the Asians who can’t come here because we have already made citizens of so many Latinos – are completetly ignored?
    Who is racist? I know who.

  • beholder

    For all the SPLC community, I found this site.

    http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-foc.....ion-reform

    Here is a blow-by-blow of the common fallacies and tactics used by immigration restrictionists to obfuscate reasoned debate with racism, reduction to the absurd, slippery slopes, and straw men.

    Very good work, highly recommended.

  • jack

    beholder:
    You simply use flaws in our system to support things like open borders. You use them like a knife to help destroy our Republic. No different than folks like the ACLU.
    You are the enemy within. You talk big about supporting all these laws in one breath while using their loopholes and errors to tear us down.
    You wish to see it fail so that you can replace it with your “utopia” of socialism.

    No one can legitimately argue that the 14th was intended to allow rampant illegal immigration and anchor babies.

    You know I have much more respect for Ruslan. He may be an enemy of our Republic but he openly admits what he is. You, on the other hand play this endless game, trying to look legally prim and proper when your true intent is anything but good.

  • beholder

    Granny until you can certify tribal membership for your Census declaration, all your talk of ancestry is so much blowing in the wind. Nobody cares about your ancestry (at least I don’t). What troubles me is your mentality of frankly un-American intolerance.

  • beholder

    And I suppose jack in your world of summary justice and militia mindedness, that would make sense. But our Constitution guarantees “due process”, a term which may be unfamiliar to someone who has spent so much time in the USSR working for Uncle Sam. Are you sure you are not now, or have you ever been, sympathetic to the Communist Party?

  • GrannyofWhites

    Funny, how no one in the US objected when Mexico had strict laws about illegals. Laws that were much more extensive than ours. Illegals were not allowed to stage public protests and were often beaten and even raped by police.
    I don’t recall any Americans making a fuss about the “nativists” in Mexico at that time.

  • Jack

    Beholder:
    “Well Jack Rabid there’s a wee hole in your argument, if I don’t say so myself. Czechoslovakia has not existed since January 1, 1993.”

    That is their heritage, it doesn’t change due to political maps. They were born when it was Czechoslovakia.

    “or give you the liberty to accuse 11 million people of committing a crime without proof.”
    They are ALREADY criminals by violating Federal Immigration law.

  • GrannyofWhites

    So you are name-calling and labeling me a “nativist”. A tribal elder and genealogist stated that by looking at my genealogy I would be a member of an old tribe which was on the East Coast.

    I have been doing the genealogy for that family and found it is a very large group – exceedingly large – I’ve barely begun and found around 350 members.

    Keep calling me names and I shall continue working even harder.

  • beholder

    GrannyofWhites said,

    on April 5th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    The City of LA Controller has issued a statement that the City will be out of money on May 5th. Cinco de Mayo.
    It will actually be $10 Million in the RED.
    ——-

    Sweet. Karl Marx’s birthday.

    Well maybe LA can elect a Republican Comptroller — they seem to be pretty good at deficit spending.

  • beholder

    Granny,

    Not so fast. You were the proponent of the argument, and it is therefore incumbent upon you and you alone to substantiate your claims.

    Thus far, you have established only that you worked in administration of medicare payments. This clerical work does not qualify you as an expert in Medicare fraud, or give you the liberty to accuse 11 million people of committing a crime without proof.

    Now out with the facts or shut the pie hole. I will not tolerate nativist lies.

  • GrannyofWhites

    The City of LA Controller has issued a statement that the City will be out of money on May 5th. Cinco de Mayo.
    It will actually be $10 Million in the RED.

  • GrannyofWhites

    We are the easy targets. Americans.
    The UN has blamed us for everything imagineable.
    Now, we are blamed daily by young Hispanics because some white person from Europe came here.
    Actually, some Spanish men went to Mexico and it is Spain that Mexicans should blame. But they can’t hurt Spain. Spain is too far way. And many Mexicans are part Spanish and how can they blame themselves?
    No, blame Americans – even though Americans already save much of the world’s children from starvation and ignorance.

  • GrannyofWhites

    Now we are being labeled, “nativists”?
    I repeat —– LABELED.
    The reason they have switched to that term, is because increasingly those who object to illegal immigration are people of all colors – especially black.
    No longer can they say it is “racist” to object to illegal immigration when black professors are some of those who are leading the defense of our country.

  • GrannyofWhites

    No, beholder, your attempt to tear apart my argument is not based on facts and figures – just your words and your hopeful vision of something which is a pipe dream.
    I worked for the government in a section which examined hospital bills.

  • beholder

    jack said, on April 2nd, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    “Budweiser?”
    Sorry, I am not a fan of your drink of choice.
    I prefer only German and Czechoslovakian imports.
    ———–

    Well Jack Rabid there’s a wee hole in your argument, if I don’t say so myself. Czechoslovakia has not existed since January 1, 1993.

    For someone who prides himself one his crafty work at embassies in USSR and his vast knowledge of sovereignty (the Jack Rabid library is as extensive as any in militiaville, right next to the Guns & Ammo stack there’s a Holy Bible), you would expect a familiarity with the noble beers in the chilly aisle.

    But I believe there are security cameras showing you taking home not these high brow foreign beers, but verily “the Champagne of Beers” in a thirty-can box on sale with a Sunday circular.

  • beholder

    “If there is a huge percentage of ‘tourists’ and they are here long after their ‘vacation’, then the hospitals should be able to seek compensation for their unpaid bills from the country the ‘tourist’ came from and/or the individual, themselves.”
    GrannyofWhites said on April 4th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Numbers? Where are the facts to support your argument. Yours is the fallacy of generalization, appealing to what is known. Undocumented immigrants have abused the law providing for emergency medical care in America, so therefore ALL do it, and therefore NO ONE ELSE does. Of course both conclusions are false: not every unauthorized immigrant uses the emergency room in ways you describe, nor have you considered the relative number of those who do, vis-a-vis the general population (citizens). Therefore I have torn your argument apart like a thanksgiving turkey and hand back the bones.

  • GrannyofWhites

    Laws can be changed. And laws which serve black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and White Americans are those which should be respected. If there is a huge percentage of “tourists” and they are here long after their “vacation”, then the hospitals should be able to seek compensation for their unpaid bills from the country the “tourist” came from and/or the individual, themselves. If there are millions of tourists overstaying their vacations – then it is no longer falling under the original intention of the laws and the language needs to be clarified.