Jason T. Ready, an anti-immigration activist who recently ran for Mesa, Arizona’s City Council, is displeased with a local police detective who investigates racially motivated crimes:
Speaking about his 12 years of undercover work, Browning said illegal immigration has become a lightning rod for violent skinheads who randomly [!] attack Mexicans.If so, they join a good percentage of the country, from environmentalists, to the National Education Association, to advocates of media reform, to Democrats. If you haven’t been labeled a terrorist, or a terrorist sympathizer, in post-9/11 America, you probably don’t get out much.
Browning's testimony raised the ire of Ready, whose e-mail says: "All border activists, constitutional study groups, and tax protestors, and especially any White Heritage Club members, have been labeled ‘domestic terrorists.'"
That said, "border activists" do tend to have larger weapons caches than the average Democratic senator or pacifist vegan. Take, for instance, the Alabama militiamen who allegedly planned to kill them some Mexicans.
Adam Nesmith, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testified that the five men planned an attack on Mexicans in a small town just north of Birmingham, and went there on a reconnaissance mission April 20.And rightly so. As Ronald Reagan once observed, the thirteen most frightening words in the English language are “I’m from the government, and I’m here to prevent you from murdering darkies.”
Nesmith said one of the men told an informant that the group, which calls itself the Alabama Free Militia, saw government agents as "the enemy" and had a standing order to open fire if anyone saw government agents approaching.
I use the latter term advisedly, since anti-immigrant vigilantes have never shown much ability to tell Mexicans from, say, American Indians, or legal immigrants from illegal ones (cf. Steve Boggs, who murdered three fast-food workers in Mesa, AZ in an attempt to "rid the world of a few needless illegals").
Meanwhile, an arson fire at a day-labor camp near Gaithersburg, Maryland seems likely to have been the work of anti-immigrant forces. However, one member of an anti-immigrant group has an surprising alternative theory:
Brad Botwin, director of HelpSaveMaryland.com, reiterated his belief that the center be shut down and suggested the fire might have been started by one of the workers.Very true. I suspect it’s only a matter of time before this form of asymmetrical warfare spreads, and immigrants start beating themselves to death in order to make anti-immigrant groups look bad.
"We don't know who these workers are," he said. They could have done this."
Don’t put it past ‘em. After all, as the appalling Georgie Anne Geyer reminds us, illegal immigrants don’t respect America’s laws.
Of course, neither do the companies that hire and exploit them. Or the anti-immigrant groups and media personalities who think that murdering them in cold blood should be legal. Or the vigilantes who don’t believe that gun laws apply to them.
Neither does the Bush Administration, for that matter. Indeed, Geyer herself decries the existential threat posed by “the Mongol Khan-style disdain for the Geneva Conventions shown by Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, and…their ambitious, amoral neocon minions.”
I believe that illegal immigration is a serious issue (a serious humanitarian issue, to be precise), but I don’t accept that it’s a more serious problem than disdain for law and morality at the highest levels of our government…especially given that our government and its cronies are enabling and profiting from this influx of disempowered, dirt-cheap workers, while pursuing policies that are calculated to turn foreign laborers into economic and political refugees. (I’d include in this group the “pro-labor” firebrand Lou Dobbs, who has an admirable ability to keep his hatred of exploitative labor practices from finding its way into his subscription-only investment advice.)
Anyway, if refusing to respect the rule of law truly makes people unfit to be American citizens, we’re going to have to deport half our population, and most of our business leaders and politicians. Failing that, we could stop demonizing “illegals," and start thinking about the central role of wage slavery in conservatarian economic theory, and the central role of politicians and the media in mainstreaming racism.
Sure, it may cost us some job growth in the indefinite detention sector. But sometimes, you have to make sacrifices in order to do what’s right.
(Illustration: "The Mortar of Assimilation - And the One Element That Won't Mix," by C.J. Taylor, 1889.)