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Pete Santilli Rallies for Border Shutdown, Calls Obama an ‘Unconstitutional Treasonous Bastard’

Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Antigovernment, Extremist Propaganda by Sarah Miller on June 26, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Pete Santilli, an extremist antigovernment talk show host and 9/11 truther, is working with a group of bikers to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border crossing near San Diego on “Cinco de Julio.”

Santilli, who lives in San Diego and hosts a program on the Guerilla Media Network, is best known for a violent rant last year in which he called for President Obama and the Bush family to be killed and for Hillary Clinton to be shot in the vagina and “suffer painfully, right in front of me.” His remarks drew scrutiny from the Secret Service.


In April, Santilli rallied his listeners to gather at Cliven Bundy’s ranch and, if necessary, fight to the death with federal agents who were trying to round up cattle that were illegally grazing on public lands. And last October, he rallied his listeners to attend a protest by truckers that threatened to shut down the D.C. beltway. The protest ultimately fizzled.

Santilli’s latest obsession is the Central America refugee crisis and the imprisonment of U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi in Mexico (who crossed the border, accidentally he says, with three firearms). In response, he is organizing a protest with a group of bikers, dubbed “Cinco de Julio,” that he hopes will create a “traffic jam of epic proportions” and shut down the Tijuana border crossing:

Americans are fed up with this lawless and criminal administration and are organizing a shutdown of the U.S. Mexico border on July 5th, 2014.  The objective is to demand the release of Tahmooressi, as well as shut down the flood of immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S.A. at the encouragement of the now impeachable President Barack Obama.

Last week on his radio show, Santilli whipped himself into a frenzy and denounced President Obama as an “unconstitutional, treasonous bastard.” He called for the president to be impeached immediately and for the border to be kept closed until Tahmooressi is repatriated and refugees are turned away at the border:

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PBS’s Bonnie Erbe Accepts Award from Anti-Immigrant Group CIS

Posted in Anti-Immigrant by David Neiwert on June 5, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Bonnie-ErbeBonnie Erbe, the longtime host of the Public Broadcasting Service’s “To The Contrary” program, has long been a proponent of dubious claims that immigration depletes natural resources and worsens global warming, as well as an apologist for the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). So it was not really a surprise when CIS awarded Erbe its annual journalism prize this year for her “reporting on immigration’s effects on health care, poverty, and natural resources, as well as on birth tourism.”

Erbe, who was given the award Tuesday at a gathering at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., told the audience in her acceptance speech that she “no longer” considers herself a progressive, “because I don’t believe the progressives really support the environment.”

Erbe’s speech explicitly acknowledged the coordination of anti-immigrant activism among various organizations associated with CIS, including the “greenwashing” group Progressives For Immigration Reform (PFIR), and Numbers USA, which along with CIS and another nativist outfit, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, are all part of a network devoted to opposing immigration.

Erbe acknowledged that she works closely with CIS and Numbers USA, and openly accepts their frequently dubious studies as accurate: “We work with them on many projects,” she said, praising them for their growing influence, “shown by the growth of their website and email list they run a very necessary organization with now more than 2 million, I believe.”


She explained her thinking on immigration, saying she doesn’t have a problem with immigrants as people, but as a mass phenomenon: “Anyway, immigrants are fabulous. Immigrants make the best Americans. They work the hardest for the least amount of money. They contribute so much to this country,” she said. “But in the journalistic community, if you dare raise any negative impact of mass immigration that we have now, both legal and illegal, you are shunted aside as some kind of strange person who has – you know, has a very strange approach to reporting.”

Erbe said she became concerned about immigration mostly as an environmental issue, and came to part ways with liberals over the issue of overpopulation, “because they support open-border immigration, pretty much.” ( continue to full post… )

Jerome Corsi Wants to Impeach Obama over Immigration Reform

Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino by David Neiwert on May 29, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Jerome Corsi

Jerome Corsi, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who helped put “birtherism” on the map, is yet again calling for President Obama to be impeached. This time he’s upset about immigration reform.

Back in September, Corsi and put out a video demanding Obama be removed from office. The main pretext for removal was the president’s consideration of U.S. involvement in Syria, but he also listed abortion, LGBT rights, and immigration “amnesty” as impeachable outrages.

In December, Corsi issued two more calls for Obama’s impeachment, this time related to Obamacare. And just three weeks ago, called for Obama’s impeachment over the “Benghazi scandal.” The site also has a standing Obama-impeachment petition which largely focuses on Benghazi.

Now, Corsi and have a new (albeit recycled) rationale for demanding the president’s impeachment: Obama and congressional Democrats’ plan to push for passage of comprehensive immigration reform, known in shorthand to Corsi and his audience as “amnesty.”


Corsi believes that Obama – who is frequently criticized by immigrant rights groups for overseeing record levels of deportations – aims to lavish taxpayer-funded benefits on undocumented immigrants with the ultimate aim of ceasing all enforcement of immigration laws:

Count out the taxpayer money Barack Obama intends to redistribute to illegal immigrants allowed to flood the country once Congress has voted a truly open border with Mexico:

- Free education in public schools in Spanish;
- Abundant welfare payments including food stamps issued generously to all Hispanics regardless of immigration status;
- DREAM act privileges for Hispanics to get special college admission tuition breaks;
- Obamacare plus endless free medical care at Hospital emergency rooms.

The list goes on.

To push this agenda forward, Attorney General Eric Holder has followed President Obama’s instructions to stop deportations of illegal immigrants as part of a grander policy of refusing to enforce immigration laws altogether.

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Chattanooga Braces for Neo-Nazi Rally Against Immigration

Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Extremist Propaganda, Neo-Nazi by Don Terry on April 9, 2014 - 4:20 pm

How time flies when you’re spreading hate.

It’s hard to believe – and more than a little sad to realize – that the National Socialist Movement (NSM), currently the largest and most prominent neo-Nazi organization in the United States, has been around now for 40 years, although it started life under a different name.

Notable for its violent anti-Jewish rhetoric and its racist views, the Detroit-based NSM is scheduled to celebrate its anniversary with a rally on the steps of the Hamilton County Courthouse in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Saturday, April 26. The occasion will also mark the 20th anniversary of the leadership of Jeff Schoep, who renamed the Nationalist Socialist American Workers Freedom Movement when he took over in 1994.

Jeff Schoep

Besides marking its four decades of white supremacy and anti-Semitism, the purpose of the rally is to oppose illegal immigration, according to its successful permit application, the Times Free Press reported today.

NSM has been on an anti-immigrant kick – or goose step – for some time. In November, the group held an anti-immigration rally in Kansas City on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. The neo-Nazi rally in Chattanooga comes the day before Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on April 27.

“I am alarmed and disturbed by this,” Rabbi Bill Tepper, of Chattanooga’s Mizpah Congregation, told columnist David Cook of the Times Free Press. ( continue to full post… )

Anti-Immigrant Flyers Distributed in Nebraska Town Voting Today on Housing Ordinance

Posted in Anti-Immigrant by Josh Glasstetter on February 11, 2014 - 1:03 pm

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.

Mark Krikorian Approvingly Cites White Nationalist Figurehead Sam Francis

Posted in Anti-Immigrant, White Nationalism by David Neiwert on February 10, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Center for Immigration StudiesAnti-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 Attacks Tanton Anti-Immigrant Network’s ‘Shocking Extremism’

Posted in Anti-Immigrant by Ryan Lenz on February 5, 2014 - 4:55 pm

zuckerburg fwdFacebook 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,, 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.”

Appeal Denied for Shawna Forde, Nativist Leader and Murderer

Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino by David Neiwert on January 17, 2014 - 4:36 pm

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.

Raul and Brisenia Flores

Raul and Brisenia Flores

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… )

CIS Spokesman: Hispanics Lack ‘Strong Family Values’

Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino by Don Terry on January 6, 2014 - 2:15 pm

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… )

Suffolk County, N.Y., Police Department Reaches Agreement with DOJ to Reform Hate Crime Practices

Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino, Hate Crime by Heidi Beirich on December 4, 2013 - 2:27 pm

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… )