Southern Poverty Law Center Smears Immigration Patriots—And Lord Of The Rings!
September 28, 2009
Recently I spoke at a college in
After my speech, a student handed me one of his text
books entitled Understanding Human Differences: Multicultural Education in a Diverse America.
Given the title, I didn`t expect
sympathetic treatment. However, I was still shocked to
see myself quoted as saying,
"illegal immigrants were `coming to kill you and kill me and our
families.`" While illegal aliens disproportionately
commit violent crimes, I would never make such a blanket
I contacted the publisher who gave
the source as the
Southern Poverty Law Center`s hysterical smear piece
against the immigration control movement creatively
Nativists." The SPLC
purported that I said this at a 2004 speech in
What I actually said was that our
policies allow terrorists to sneak into our country.
And yes, terrorists want to
"kill you and
kill me and our families." But the SPLC`s
intentional misrepresentation is now repeated across the
internet and even in college textbooks. (To their
credit, the publisher will eliminate the quote in future
The SPLC describes itself merely as
a civil rights organization that tracks hate groups.
They made a name for themselves by suing the Ku Klux
Klan, and raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the
process. With the Klan virtually non-existent, they
raise money by tarring opponents of illegal
immigration as the second coming of the Klan.
anti-amnesty organization The Federation for American
Immigration Reform recently released
"A Guide to Understanding the Tactics of the Southern
Poverty Law Center in the Immigration Debate"
that exposes this strategy.
"While disavowing any
position on immigration policy, the SPLC has for nearly
a decade targeted organizations and individuals who
support immigration enforcement…The SPLC concluded that
just about everyone actively opposed to amnesty and mass
immigration was a "nativist" a "white supremacist," or
had ties to such groups and individuals."[PDF]
calls FAIR a
"hate group." They
don`t try to debunk any of FAIR`s studies or point to
racist statements made by its staff. Instead they smear
FAIR by accusing them of being linked to supposed
racists. This guilt by association is so tenuous that
they attack FAIR for receiving contributions from
someone whose deceased father was allegedly a
If the attacks on opponents of
illegal immigration are not absurd enough, their website
article that attacked
The Lord of the
Rings movies as
and likened them to
for those tired old race and gender paradigms."
FAIR`s report also notes that the
SPLC is the origin of a number of anti-immigration
enforcement myths that are spread through the media. One
is the claim that there is an explosion of so called
"hate crimes" against Hispanics due to the rhetoric of opponents of
Deciding whether or not an act is a
"hate crime" is subjective. In fact, when Hispanics are attacked by
whites, they are listed as victims. However Hispanics
are listed as Whites when they commit anti-Black hate
Even if you take the federal
government`s statistics at face value, FAIR notes that
hate crimes against Hispanics
decreased over the last decade if you account for the fact that
their population is rapidly increasing due to the open
borders policies that the SPLC promotes.
The SPLC spreads this falsehood to
suggest we need to silence opponents of illegal
immigration because they will commit violence against
Hispanics. Barack Obama repeated this phony claim and
Rush Limbaugh and
Lou Dobbs for the non-existent trend.
The Department of Homeland
Security`s now infamous
"Right-wing Extremism," relies heavily on the SPLC.
In addition to repeating the Hate Crimes myth, it also
slandered our troops by warning that
veterans returning from overseas are potential
They backed up this up by quoting a SPLC report
"A Few Bad Men" that claims racists are
infiltrating the military. Coincidentally,
"A Few Bad Men"
appeared as the SPLC attacked American Legion for its
support immigration enforcement, which they called
veterans` organizations are tarred for their supposed
links to extremists, the SPLC promotes left wing
terrorists. Their newsletter published an
ingratiating interview with
unrepentant Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers who they
described merely as a
organizer, radical anti-Vietnam War activist, teacher
and author" who
"has developed a
rich vision of teaching that interweaves passion,
responsibility and self-reflection."
group that aligns itself with terrorists, but opposes
The Lord of the
Rings is taken seriously by anyone is beyond me.
Unfortunately, it is not beyond the Obama administration
and the liberal media who take their smears at face
Polls show that
Americans overwhelmingly oppose amnesty and want our
borders secured. Obama and the SPLC know that the only
way they can win is by silencing their opponents with
lies and anti-free speech measures such as
Hate Crimes legislation and the Fairness Doctrine.
Conservatives need to expose the SPLC as the left wing
hate group that it is while it`s still legal.
Tom Tancredo represented
6th Congressional District from 1999 until 2009 where he
chaired the 100+ member bipartisan Immigration Reform
Caucus. He currently serves as co-chairman of Team
America PAC and president of the
Rocky Mountain Foundation. He authored In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America`s Border and Security.