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White Racism and Immigration Reform: Part 2. By Roger Algase

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My previous comments about white racism as the main obstacle to immigration reform have not necessarily endeared me to all Immigration Daily readers. At least one reader sent in a hostile response to my previous post on this topic and I am looking forward to others doing the same. Please don't be shy - bring 'em on!

But the fact that even one person was willing to take the time to read my post and was considerate enough to share a reaction encourages me to explore this topic a little further. The following will show that at least I am not alone in pointing the finger at white racism, especially within the Republican party, as the main, if not the only reason for the House of Representative's refusal to pass, or even consider, legalization and eventual citizenship for 11 million brown immigrants.

I will begin with an article on the site rightwingwatch.org entitled White Nationalist Group Upset It's Not Getting Credit for Inventing GOP 'Whites-Only' Strategy (September 12).

This article traces the GOP's whites-only strategy back to November 2000, when Steve Sailer, writing for a white nationalist site called VDARE, "outlined a strategy by which the Republican Party could lose 'every single nonwhite vote' and still win the presidency by working to increase its share of working class white voters."

In the wake of the 2012 election, according to the same article, other right wing Republicans, such as Phyllis Schafly, Patrick Buchanan, and the editors of The National Review and The Weekly Standard, have adopted the "Sailer Strategy".

The article states:

"The mostly implicit, but sometimes explicit, subtext in the push for this strategy is that it would be partly achieved by stirring up racial resentments among white voters against the country's growing Latino population. Buchanan put it most clearly when he called for a renewal of the Southern Strategy [link omitted] - which fundamentally realigned the Republican Party by digging up and egging on Southern white racism against African-Americans - only this time with Latinos as the target. (Not coincidentally, Buchanan and Schafly have both cited [link omitted] Sailer's writings on race in their own work.)" (Emphasis added.)

Another article, appearing in the Tucson Citizen, is by a pro-immigration group known as Arizona Lincoln Republicans.

The article, by Raoul Contreras Lowery, originally appeared on the site Cafe Con Leche Republicans and is called Racism, Xenophobia and Immigration Reform (March 17, 2013).

Conteras Lowery writes:

"Clearly, the American people are for fixing immigration.

Opponents are trying to poison the public with lies and hysteria".


After citing racist comments by well known immigrant haters such as Ann Coulter and Peter Brimelow (an immigrant from Great Britain), Contreras Lowery continues:

"So why is there so much hate in the opposition to immigration reform? They throw lies upon lies at us, make arguments based on myths and urban legends about jobs stolen by Mexicans and 'high' crime rates. No mention that crime rates in California are at 40-year lows despite 2-3 million illegally present people in that state."

Contreras Lowery concludes:

"When one listens to the Coulter-led campaign of lies/misinformation, one hears a constant stream of thought that many young people have little knowledge about."


I'm going to make race the basis of politics in this state, and I'm going to make it the basis of politics in this country...It is very appropriate that from this cradle of the Confederacy, this very heart of the Anglo-Saxon Southland, that today we sound the drum of freedom. Let us rise to the call of the freedom-loving blood that is in us...In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny. And I say, Segregation today! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!


So declared Alabama Governor George Wallace 50 years ago!

Substitute 'Immigration' for 'race' and 'xenophobia' for 'Segregation' and we have what Ann coulter and Alabama's Jeff Sessions (at al) are expressing - peddling- today. Is anyone listening?"

(Emphasis and bold italics added.)

This was written six months ago. When we read the headlines this month about all the obstruction against CIR coming out of the House, including but not limited to Bob Goodlatte's enforcement-heavy poison pills, we have to ask if it is any less relevant today.

With the exception of a few die-hard anti-Latino racists such as Steve King (R-Iowa), I am not implying that the majority of House Republicans are committed white supremacists in the mold of Dixiecrat George Wallace and his segregationist ilk.

Their refusal to vote on CIR is clearly based more on cowardice than conviction - they are too scared to take on their bigoted, anti-immigrant Tea Party base.

But one thing is clear: If the Boehner-Cantor- Goodlatte strategy of letting CIR die a slow death by a thousand piecemeal cuts succeeds, and if the president cannot find the courage to use his broad executive power to suspend the mass expulsion of immigrants that has been going on ever since he took office, the result, at least for the foreseeable future, will be:

Deportation today! Deportation tomorrow! Deportation forever!



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Updated 09-24-2013 at 08:39 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. bloxham.design@yahoo.com's Avatar
    It is difficult to group people as opposing immigration for racist reasons. I think the problems surrounding fears of immigration, though certainly racism is sometimes at the core and exists, goes deeper than racism. One find it also in "brown" people like Michelle Malkin. Also there are times people have arguments that are fallacious but are not racist. Lots of work to do. Thanks for your efforts!
    Lynn Atherton Bloxham
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Thank you for the comment. The connection between racism and immigration is a very sensitive issue, and unfortunately has a long history in America, as anyone familiar with the history of the Know-Nothings, Chinese exclusion laws, 1924 immigration law national origins quotas, Japanese-American internment during WW2, etc,. to name only a very few examples, can attest.

    In the past, anti-immigrant racism has been directed against Irish, Asian, Jewish, Italian, Polish, Middle Eastern, and almost all other immigrants who were not from Northern or Western Europe.

    Today, the main targets are Latino and black people, the same groups who, when US citizens, are now being kept away from the polls when they try to vote. This is an unpleasant reality, but if we really want immigration reform, we cannot ignore it.

    As for Michelle Malkin, I have never been able to understand how someone whose parents were "brown" immigrants can be so full of hatred and venom against other non-white immigrants. But she is only one of America's career immigrant-haters on the far right. There are also Lou Dobbs, Michele Bachmann, Glenn Beck, Sara Palin, Ann Coulter, Peter Brimelow, Patrick Buchanan and other anti-immigrant fanatics too numerous to mention.

    We must confront them, their supporters, and their agenda of hate if we ever expect to have a fair and workable immigration system in America.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 09-24-2013 at 11:23 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. msadar@aol.com's Avatar
    The liberals and many conservatives cosider acceptance and open-mindedness as a key advantage today; an anything goes society, accept other's opinions without judgment, tolerate habits and all religions, support alternative lifestyles, respect and appreciate the cultural norms of all. They say, "keep your opions to yourself, if you can't say anything good then don't say anything at all". While I support much which was aformentioned, including gay rights, as do many conservatives. The President and his followers think they can force Americans to adopt his (Obama's) ethical view-points. He and many politicians say no value system or moral standard is above another. That's all fine and dandy tolerate all religious views, and moral standards of each American citizen or non-citizen, BUT THEY HAVE A CLAUSE in their 'any thing goes socital viewpoint that no one has a right to judge or force their ways of thinking on another" when it comes to being a Christian. The very fact that Christians are expressing their right to free speech, end up in court, our kids get sent from school, and cannot write Merry Christmas on cards and send them to our troops (Carl, 2012) proves that they are hypocrites regarding tolerance. This particular approach to leading a country has left me believing the President himself means harm to America. To split us into groups and use the educational system, hollywood actors, and the liberal media to create a path for his goal of dictatorship. I am amazed when I hear a teenager in my own home speak of politics that she has learned from Whoppie, Alec Baldwin, or some rapper or rock star.

    The President was somewhat critized for banning a group of Honor Flight WWII veterans from a visit to the memorial. I am the daughter of a WWII veteran, and I am sure with a stroke or two of my keybord, I will somhow be called racist for thinking that the President supporting a pro immigration rally (Camino Americano) while an Honor Flight was barred from the memorial; men who fought and died so the President could hold pro-immagration rallies, with a partial government shut down, as justified by the by the First Amendment.
  4. hiddenNY's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by msadar@aol.com
    The liberals and many conservatives cosider acceptance and open-mindedness as a key advantage today; an anything goes society, accept other's opinions without judgment, tolerate habits and all religions, support alternative lifestyles, respect and appreciate the cultural norms of all. They say, "keep your opions to yourself, if you can't say anything good then don't say anything at all". While I support much which was aformentioned, including gay rights, as do many conservatives. The President and his followers think they can force Americans to adopt his (Obama's) ethical view-points. He and many politicians say no value system or moral standard is above another. That's all fine and dandy tolerate all religious views, and moral standards of each American citizen or non-citizen, BUT THEY HAVE A CLAUSE in their 'any thing goes socital viewpoint that no one has a right to judge or force their ways of thinking on another" when it comes to being a Christian. The very fact that Christians are expressing their right to free speech, end up in court, our kids get sent from school, and cannot write Merry Christmas on cards and send them to our troops (Carl, 2012) proves that they are hypocrites regarding tolerance. This particular approach to leading a country has left me believing the President himself means harm to America. To split us into groups and use the educational system, hollywood actors, and the liberal media to create a path for his goal of dictatorship. I am amazed when I hear a teenager in my own home speak of politics that she has learned from Whoppie, Alec Baldwin, or some rapper or rock star.

    The President was somewhat critized for banning a group of Honor Flight WWII veterans from a visit to the memorial. I am the daughter of a WWII veteran, and I am sure with a stroke or two of my keybord, I will somhow be called racist for thinking that the President supporting a pro immigration rally (Camino Americano) while an Honor Flight was barred from the memorial; men who fought and died so the President could hold pro-immagration rallies, with a partial government shut down, as justified by the by the First Amendment.
    Great comment. You have a point about access to a memorial. Why not make immigration more extensive and non racial. Eliminate family based immigration. Allow in a million people a year based on a points system based solely on education and/or ability. Or eliminate the F2 categories an redistribute the numbers to among other family or employment based categories.
  5. hiddenNY's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    Thank you for the comment. The connection between racism and immigration is a very sensitive issue, and unfortunately has a long history in America, as anyone familiar with the history of the Know-Nothings, Chinese exclusion laws, 1924 immigration law national origins quotas, Japanese-American internment during WW2, etc,. to name only a very few examples, can attest.

    In the past, anti-immigrant racism has been directed against Irish, Asian, Jewish, Italian, Polish, Middle Eastern, and almost all other immigrants who were not from Northern or Western Europe.

    Today, the main targets are Latino and black people, the same groups who, when US citizens, are now being kept away from the polls when they try to vote. This is an unpleasant reality, but if we really want immigration reform, we cannot ignore it.

    As for Michelle Malkin, I have never been able to understand how someone whose parents were "brown" immigrants can be so full of hatred and venom against other non-white immigrants. But she is only one of America's career immigrant-haters on the far right. There are also Lou Dobbs, Michele Bachmann, Glenn Beck, Sara Palin, Ann Coulter, Peter Brimelow, Patrick Buchanan and other anti-immigrant fanatics too numerous to mention.

    We must confront them, their supporters, and their agenda of hate if we ever expect to have a fair and workable immigration system in America.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Is "Latino" a race anywhere other than the US? What about the racism inherent in America's elimination of immigration options for Europeans, Japanese, Canadians, etc., who are single, don't get married, educated, and refuse to break the law, how ever unjust it may be.
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