“We’re talking about illegal foreign infiltrators, not human beings,” wrote a commenter at one message board.
In a thread posted Wednesday morning at ALIPAC’s website, Gheen wrote, “Instead of using our tax money to buy illegals 42,000 pairs of new underwear, we would like to send the illegals and DC politicians a message by mailing them our used underwear, and some of our pairs are in really bad shape due to the bad economy and all of the jobs illegal immigrants are taking from Americans.”
Something must be done, he wrote, to stop the “new surge of illegal immigrants crossing America’s borders, enticed by promises of immigration reform amnesty.”
In the last three years, the number of children trying to cross the border illegally into the United States has tripled. Many are fleeing violence and instability in Central America. Some are coming with their parents, others are coming alone. In recent months, detention centers across the country have become flooded with young refugees, foreign nationals who organizations like ALIPAC believe should be forcibly deported from this country.
ALIPAC is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Gheen and ALIPAC have been vilified even by other anti-immigration group leaders as racists.
Jim Gilchrist — founder of far-right border patrol activists the Minutemen — wrote in an email that Gheen and his cohorts are “incurable racists who limit activist participation to only white persons, bigots.”
“Just because we oppose illegal immigration, any form of amnesty for illegals, and the SPLC,” he protested, “does not make us a hate group, racist, or violent despite your efforts to convince others of such lies.”
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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