on the SPLC website, clicking on �hate
map� and clicking on Arizona, one discovers that, sure enough, there
is American Border Patrol listed as �anti-immigrant.�
are several different definitions for the term �immigrant� but generally
they all agree that an immigrant is someone who leaves his nation of
birth to live in another nation permanently, someone who is not a visitor
or a tourist in the guest nation but enters the nation legally, meeting
the requirements of the immigration laws of that nation, with the intention
of becoming a citizen of that nation, enjoying all the benefits thereof.
back to the SPLC website, American Border Patrol is listed as �anti-immigrant.�
Anti means against; anti-immigrant, then, would mean an organization
against allowing people to enter the country, legally, to become citizens.
this a true representation of American Border Patrol? It becomes very
apparent, in a walk through of the American Border Patrol website, that
American Border Patrol has no problem with those who enter this country
legally with the intent of becoming citizens, are legal immigrants;
that the American Border Patrol only has a problem with foreign nationals
who enter the United States without the proper papers and without the
proper authorization; who are, in fact, illegal aliens. Such entry into
the United States is, by law, a criminal act, a criminal offense. There
is a great deal of difference between a legal immigrant and an illegal
immigrant or illegal alien.
the SPLC does not list American Border Patrol as being anti-legal-immigrant,
only as anti-immigrant, leaving the reader to believe, by omission,
that the American Border Patrol is against legal immigration. This is
not true; this is, in fact, a lie. How does SPLC respond to the obvious
difference between a legal immigrant and an illegal alien? By claiming
the distinction is �hogwash.� That the SPLC would claim this distinction
is hogwash is telling, indeed.
search of the SPLC website
lists incidents, per state, of supposed �hate� incidents. Interestingly,
not one of the incidents listed in Arizona implicates the American Border
Patrol in any way.
SPLC claims a �commitment to racial equality.� But is that really true?
equality � if it truly is racial equality � is blind, knows no race,
color or creed; it does not condone the targeting of anyone. Yet not
one of the incidents listed as �hate� incidents on the SPLC website
for Arizona specifically listed the target of an incident as being white.
Were there no such incidents in Arizona? Doubtful.
Far West Regional Office of the National
Council of La Raza, a known racist organization (La Raza, literally
translated, means �the race�), is based in Phoenix, Arizona. Yet this
known racist organization is not listed on the SPLC hate map. Neither
are any of the other eight regional offices, two of which are based
in California. The confrontation, on February 4, 2008, between CNN�s
Lou Dobbs and Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council
of La Raza, aired live for all to hear (transcript read
here, live segment heard
here). It became readily apparent, during the segment, that Murguia
believes anyone who does not agree with her pro-illegal-alien agenda
should be denied their first amendment rights and their second amendment
rights; repeatedly claiming, without substantiating her claims, that
those opposing illegal-aliens in the U.S. are armed vigilantes who spew
hate. Rather sounds like the SPLC whom Murguia referenced repeatedly
as the source of much of her vitriolic claims.
is The Mexican American Legal Defense
and Education Fund (MALDEF) listed with seven regional offices,
nation-wide. The co-founder of MALDEF, Mario Obledo, has stated, �California
is going to be a Hispanic state and anyone who doesn't like it should
leave." Now, if that isn�t racist, what is?
not listed on the SPLC website as a hate group is the Progressive
Labor Party of California, a pro-illegal-immigrant communist group
who has started at least one violent confrontation with anti-illegal-immigrant
groups gathered to peacefully demonstrate and request redress of grievances
with their government.
are just three pro-illegal-immigration groups that do not appear on
the SPLC �hate map�. There is undoubtedly many more anti-American/pro-illegal-invasion-of-America/pro-Aztlan-overthrow-of-America
websites that do not appear on the SPLC �hate map.� Why not?
documented a startling 40 percent growth in the number of hate groups
since 2000. Now numbering 844, these groups have exploited the immigration
debate to recruit new members and have successfully spread their rancid
propaganda about immigrants of color into mainstream news and into the
mouths of politicians.
becomes obvious, in all of this, that SPLC does not have the commitment
to racial equality that it claims and does have an agenda in who it
targets as a �hate� group. Quite obviously, the growing illegal alien
population provides a new and growing population that can be tapped
financially to support SPLC�s coffers. In the words of Paul Likoudis,
in describing another left-wing group, those who are tapped simply become
pawns in the left-wing agenda.
director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, wrote a letter to
Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, in 1996
in which he stated,
are a fraud and a conman � your failure to respond to the most desperate
needs of the poor and powerless despite your millions upon millions,
your fund-raising techniques, the fact that you spend so much, accomplish
so little, and promote yourself so shamelessly.
to co-founding the SPLC in 1971, Dees was engaged in direct-marketing
schemes while practicing law. In 1998 he was inducted into the Direct
Marketing Association Hall of Fame.
The words of Millard Fuller, former business partner of Morris Dees,
bring clarity to Dees� direct marketing skills and the SPLC�s fund raising
and I...shared the overriding purpose of making a pile of money. We
were not particular about how we did it; we just wanted to be independently
the end of 2006, the SPLC listed contributions of $29,252,084.00; stating
�No government funds are received or used for its efforts.� In other
words, the SPLC depends on fund raising activities and endowments. In
1999, Dees was reported to have been paid a salary of $273,000 
by the SPLC.
the more outrageous claims of the SPLC, in its 2006
financial report, is this one, found on page 3:
2006, the Intelligence Project documented the rapid growth of a right-wing
anti-immigration movement made up of groups that are xenophobic but
mostly fall just short of the open racial hatred espoused by hate groups.
In just the past two years, some 250 new nativ�ist organizations have
sprung up, some of them armed and engaged in vigilante round-ups of
unauthorized Latino immigrants. More and more of them have taken up
the tactics of personal, in-your-face intimidation.
this isn�t propaganda, pray tell what is it? The truth? Hardly. Beyond
the obvious propaganda angle, the SPLC carefully ignores all instances
that have been documented in which Americans have been harassed, intimidated
and violently attacked by illegal aliens. This does not take into account
the growing number of American citizens who have been murdered, raped,
sodomized, assaulted and victimized by illegal aliens.
quite obviously, that these people are in the United States in violation
of existing U.S. law, are criminals, one and all by virtue of being
in the U.S. in violation of existing law, bothers the SPLC not at all;
nor does the bleeding dry of our social institutions � including education,
welfare, medical care, and housing � bother the Southern Poverty Law
Center who panders to this criminal element.
the SPLC�s obviously biased agenda, why would any newspaper provide
them a forum? It has long been known among those truly fighting for
civil rights, that SPLC does not represent their interests.
an exchange with Ted Morris, editor of Sierra
Vista Herald, a few things became abundantly clear: 1) he considers
the SPLC a champion and authority on civil rights because they have
successfully sued such organizations as the KKK and Richard Butler�s
Aryan Nations group; 2) his knowledge of the Constitution and Bill of
Rights is sadly lacking (he believes the United States is a democracy
and that the Rule of Law refers to such government entities as ICE,
the U.S. Border Patrol, the Sheriff whose job it is to protect him);
and 3) he could not justify his allowing his newspaper to be used by
the SPLC to target Glenn Spencer except to claim he was providing �balanced
reporting� which cannot be equated with truth.
of the questions I posed to Ted Morris, after his assertion that SPLC
was a champion of civil rights, was why, if that were truly the case,
had the SPLC not taken on one of the deepest and darkest secrets of
our government�s past; that is, the CIA and Operation Paperclip which
brought hundreds (if not thousands) of Nazi war criminals into this
country following World War II?
to form, Morris did not answer the question. To do so would require
he admit the Southern Poverty Law Center is selective in what it pursues
in its championing of civil rights. In other words, the qualifier in
what SPLC pursues in the civil rights arena has a direct correlation
with fund raising prospects.
have been many, in the course of the past few years, who have championed
the cause of the approximately 38,000,000 illegal aliens now believed
to reside in the United States. In total, these people carefully ignore
the problems these illegal aliens are bringing to our society, our economy,
our standard of living, our very existence, much less the fact that
every one of them is a criminal by virtue of entering our country in
violation of existing U.S. law.
Spencer should know that he is in good company as far as the SPLC is
Corsi is listed on their website as a �nativist�
which seems to have a broad, sweeping, non-specific definition. Corsi
is described as an �insult-mongerer [who] has made a career of peddling
conspiracy theories in far-right publications and his own books, variously
attacking 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry, undocumented immigrants,
and alleged secret plans to merge Mexico, the United States and Canada
into a so-called �North American Union.��
Southern Poverty Law Center�s ignorance is palpable. One might even
go so far as to describe the SPLC as a left-wing communist propaganda
Spencer�s response to the lies and propaganda of the Southern Poverty
Law Center, championed by the Sierra Vista Herald, can
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is one, like many of us, who does what he does out of love for our country;
not for money, not for publicity, and not for personal accolades or
aggrandizement. He knows the true meaning of the axiom, �freedom is
not free; the price of freedom is vigilance.�
is truly an American patriot who deserves our respect and support. Donations
to American Border Patrol can be made
Likoudis, Paul; The Legacy of CHD; The Wanderer Press; 1994. 2,
Silverstein, Ken; �The Church of Morris Dees�; Harper�s Magazine; November
Activist and researcher, Stuter has spent the
last fifteen years researching systems theory and systems philosophy with
a particular emphasis on education as it pertains to achieving the sustainable
global environment. She home schooled two daughters. She has worked with
legislators, both state and federal, on issues pertaining to systems governance,
the sustainable global environment and education reform. She networks
nationwide with other researchers and a growing body of citizens concerned
with the transformation of our nation from a Constitutional Republic to
a participatory democracy. She has traveled the United States and lived