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    Hit Piece: The El Paso shooter’s alleged anti-Hispanic screed echoes Trump and some m

    Commentary: The El Paso shooter’s alleged anti-Hispanic screed echoes Trump and some media rhetoric.




    Susan Ferriss
    Immigration Project Manager and Senior Reporter

    Introduction

    The horrific massacre of 22 people in El Paso – under investigation as a hate crime – took me back more than a quarter of a century. That’s when I first began covering anti-immigrant sentiment aimed primarily at Mexicans in California.

    It’s hard to accept, even with all I’ve seen, that we’ve reached a point when the president of the United States would choose to whip up rage at “an invasion” of poor Latin American migrants, and chuckle when one of his supporters at a rally shouted, “Shoot them!”

    Trump is the most powerful U.S. political figure in recent times to exploit anxiety over immigration and demographic change. But he isn’t the first. He emerged from a generation’s worth of immigrant-bashing rhetoric frequently targeting Latinos that’s spread resentment nationwide.

    The manifesto police believe the El Paso shooter posted last week is laced with hateful comments about a Hispanic “takeover” of Texas, and spiteful attacks on the children of immigrants seeking education and competing for jobs the shooter didn’t think belonged to them.

    Back in the early 1990s, as a newspaper reporter, I saw what in many ways ushered in this era of hate and scapegoating.
    In California, Republican Gov. Pete Wilson transitioned from a politician who denounced immigration raids in 1982 to one who won a tough re-election campaign 14 years later by attacking undocumented Mexican families.


    California Governor Pete Wilson gives the keynote address to a crowd of hundreds at the 1997 Western States Republican Leadership Conference Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, in Reno, Nevada. (AP Photo/Lacy Atkins)

    At the San Francisco Examiner, I reported that in 1993 Wilson sought campaign advice from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, FAIR, a group that lobbies for deep cuts to legal immigration and produces reports consistently alleging negative impacts from immigration.

    Wilson unveiled a TV ad in 1994 that was roundly criticized by Mexican-Americans as scapegoating. Footage showed migrants running through a U.S.-Mexico border entry. Narration, which later became a template for other politicians, implied that Californians were forced to financially support them: ““They keep coming,” an ominous voice said. The feds won’t stop them, “but requires us to pay billions to take care of them.”

    Ironically, when he was running for the U.S. Senate in the 1980s, Wilson was quite unequivocal about his belief that immigrant workers were vital to Californians’ wellbeing.

    “There’s no question our economy depends very heavily on Mexican nationals,” our Examiner story reported Wilson said. When Border Patrol agents raided Southern California fields back then, Wilson defended employers’ use of the workers, telling reporters: “I deplore the INS [Immigration and Naturalization Service] raids on farms here in the roundup of illegal aliens.”

    In the mid-2000s, passionate debate over how to best respond to undocumented immigration exploded again in California. But by this time, the issue had spread nationally. A 2005 proposal in Congress, approved by a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, would have declared undocumented presence a crime, re-entry at the border an aggravated felony, and forced local and state law enforcement to detain suspects.

    The Senate didn’t pass the measure. But while the bill was pending, Latino citizens saw themselves at risk. And California employers, not just farmers, also vehemently opposed the proposal. Protesters marched in cities nationwide in 2006, urging Congress to instead legalize undocumented workers. Newspapers again started reporting on anti-immigrant, anti-Hispanic rhetoric that was by then flourishing on the Internet and burning up rightwing cable TV and talk radio.

    At the Sacramento Bee in California’s capital city — where pro-immigrant feelings are now generally strong — I fielded calls from people like the anonymous man who wanted to see immigrant-rights protestors “mowed down” in the streets. Another frequent caller demanded to know if I’d checked to make sure that Mexican Army troops who arrived on the Gulf Coast to help with post-Hurricane Katrina in 2005 had ever left the United States.

    Another called in a rage after I reported that a construction workers’ union was conducting bilingual meetings to beef up ranks. The union wanted Congress to legalize undocumented workers. An American contractor told me that Mexican crews had specialized in installing floors at a subdivision where the woman lived. Other ethnicities specialized in other types of construction.

    “They should never be allowed to be in a union!” the woman screamed into the phone.

    Another local story morphed into a national story about the spread of false and racist rhetoric accusing Hispanic immigrants of bringing in diseases, and inherently having criminal tendencies.
    The 2007 piece started with a Sacramento daycare operator who told me that an anonymous caller had verbally attacked her for offering, among other enrichment programs, Spanish as a second language.

    “This is English only!” a man growled into her answering machine. “That’s why we’ve got a problem with illegal aliens — because people like you are trying to change California into Mexico.”

    Several more callers complained that she was “catering to Mexicans.” The woman’s neighbor told her she blamed Mexicans for driving up grocery prices.

    In that same 2007 story, I reported that the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League had issued a report condemning vitriolic rhetoric targeting immigrants.

    The groups pointed to Lou Dobbs, then at CNN, accusing him of spreading false claims about immigration and diseases. A Dobbs guest, for example, had made a wild claim linking immigration with leprosy. The report also criticized far-right TV pundit Pat Buchanan’s book characterizing immigration as a mortal threat to American culture: “The crisis of the West,” he wrote, “is of a collapsing culture and vanishing peoples.”

    I also spoke to William Gheen, then and current president of the North Carolina-based Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee, or ALIPAC. He told me that he resented the Anti-Defamation League associating him with racism. The group cited a video I watched of Gheen whipping up a crowd in Pennsylvania.

    “These people have shown a pattern of disrespect and a pattern of criminal behavior,” Gheen told the crowd, rattling off murder rates in Latin American countries. “And that is what our nation is
    becominglike, because it’s common sense that when you inject that into a nation, that is what your nation becomes like.”

    Gheen also told the gathered crowd that his “rough math” showed “we’re getting four to 10 TB active cases rushing across our southern border every night.” He told me that “the
    truthis not hate.” I also interviewed one of the country’s leading infectious disease experts, who told me that Gheen’s amateurish calculations were “more than ridiculous.”

    Video of William Gheen's full speech in historic Hazleton, PA added by ALIPAC...
    https://youtu.be/FwosZos06VQ


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    “Truth still has to
    betruth,” the expert said.

    But those gathered to hear Gheen that day in Pennsylvania, in an event more than a decade ago, never got to hear from that expert.

    And as I write this, hundreds of people are looking at entries posted on the still-active ALIPAC website that contain paranoid, fact-challenged claims
    .


    Today the airwaves still crackle at Fox News with the same sort of immigrant-bashing that the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center denounced a dozen years ago. On one of his shows devoted to attacking immigrants, Tucker Carlson spun into a diatribe blaming “mass immigration” for bringing in “rivals” who compete with U.S. men, driving down wages and supposedly rendering American men less financially attractive and therefore less likely to produce children.

    Public Integrity
    investigated exaggerated and false claims about immigration and wages that Trump used to gain hearty applause from crowds at his rallies.

    But no one is typically on the Fox Network set to ably counter absurd, inflammatory claims such as Carlson’s, so millions of viewers are left to stew over another reason to blame immigrants.

    https://publicintegrity.org/immigrat...toric-history/
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    ALIPAC's Response

    The Center for Public Integrity:

    How can your organization stand for "integrity" when you publish inaccurate and defamatory hit pieces claiming to have anonymous sources that are "top professionals"?

    We are preparing a response to your Susan Ferriss opinion hit piece on our organization titled "Commentary: The El Paso shooter’s alleged anti-Hispanic screed echoes Trump and some media rhetoric."

    We would like to contact the unnamed source in the article that seems to refute our estimate of the number of active TB cases entering the US each day vectored by illegal immigrants to see what specific issue that person has with our methodology.

    We were never contacted by this mysterious and possibly non-existent source, nor by Susan Ferris, to inquire about our sound statistical methodology for our estimate which was made by combining World Health Organization estimates of the per capita frequency of Tuberculosis in illegal migrant donor countries with the Department of Homeland Security data regarding how many illegal migrants we receive from those nations per day.

    In the thirteen years since we released these estimates in 2006, no researchers or medical professionals have claimed our estimates are in error, and no media publication has challenged them either before now.

    Please provide us with your source or retract the article or remove the defamatory claims against William Gheen and ALIPAC as it is unlawful to print defamatory, false information about organizations and individuals without a source.

    We stand by our estimate on the number of TB cases entering the United States carried by illegal immigrants each day and would like to hear your non-existent estimate and methodology. Your article suggests that illegal immigrants are not bringing in TB and other diseases, which is completely and demonstrably false.

    We would like to verify that you actually have a source, who that source is, and what information that source was given to elicit the response in your article. This commentary piece by Susan Ferriss contains almost zero verifiable sources for her claims.

    William Gheen
    Americans for Legal Immigration PAC

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    Heads up ALIPAC activists!

    Center for Public Integrity is a George Soros funded group with a yearly budget north of 9 million dollars!

    The come after ALIPAC because they know we have been very effective stopping pro-invasion legislation they support on the state and federal level.
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    Citing the open border groups of disgraced SPLC and the ADL appears to expose her mission when writing on immigration. Reviewing her additional articles on immigration supports the attacks and talking points pushed by other George Soros funded and affiliated groups.

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    I think that any politician who gets attacked 90 percent of the time for whatever he does, would start getting very frustrated and angry. I doubt that there has ever been anything like this where one half of the political sphere watches the President's every move and then spins it into a hostile analysis. They are way over the top.
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    Some info to refute Susan Ferris, author of the above liberal, leftist article.

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    Support for Southern Poverty Law Center links Scalise, Family Research Council shooters

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/s...uncil-shooters


    Watching a Bully Get Smacked


    https://townhall.com/columnists/robe...acked-n2544461


    When the bully gets smacked


    https://onenewsnow.com/perspectives/...y-gets-smacked


    SPLC and ADL Exposed for Violence Inspiring Defamation and Lies


    https://www.alipac.us/f8/splc-adl-ex...n-lies-262920/


    Advisory on the Southern Poverty Law Center

    https://catholicism.org/advisory-on-...aw-center.html


    Organizations Funded Directly by George Soros and his Open Society Foundations

    https://oathkeepers.org/2017/02/orga...y-foundations/


    Southern Poverty Law Center Is Now Targeting Voting


    https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/06/...geting-voting/


    FRC, AFA Call on Media, Big Tech to Distance Themselves from the Disgraced Southern Poverty Law Center in Wall Street Journal Ad - Christian Newswire


    http://christiannewswire.com/news/4349482514.html


    SPLC ‘Hate Map’ Targets Christians, Pro-Family Groups


    http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news...ristian-groups


    The Southern Poverty Law Center, Not Family Research Council, is a Hate Group


    https://www.redstate.com/joshkimbrel...il-hate-group/


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    Preventing and Controlling Tuberculosis Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

    https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5001a1.htm


    TB and Non US Born

    https://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/guidelines/foreignborn.htm



    Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis Among Foreign-Born Persons Report of the Working Group on Tuberculosis Among Foreign-Born Persons

    https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00054855.htm


    MEDIA BURIES KEY FACTS TO CONCEAL MIGRANT HEALTH THREAT—TB, HEPATITIS, HIV

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/corruption-chronicles/media-buries-key-facts-to-conceal-migrant-health-threat-tb-hepatitis-hiv/


    TB IN FOREIGN-BORN PATIENTS


    https://www.bcmj.org/bccdc/tb-foreign-born-patients


    Tuberculosis, flu, infections rampant as the number of sick migrants surge at border

    https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2...-soars-border/

    Mumps, other outbreaks force U.S. detention centers to quarantine over 2,000 migrants


    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN1QR0EW
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    Why are these two media pictures of the alleged shooter so different???

    8Chan website owner claims El Paso Shooter Manifesto not uploaded by the shooter
    https://www.alipac.us/f13/8chan-webs...hooter-374860/



    Is The El Paso Shooter’s Manifesto a Fake?
    Questions raised about authenticity of murderer’s declaration
    https://www.infowars.com/is-the-el-p...ifesto-a-fake/

    Sorry for the inconvenience, common sense will prevail
    https://youtu.be/yKPdbEAmWGE



    FBI: Media 'wrong' on Garlic Festival shooter's white supremacy ideology
    https://www.alipac.us/f9/fbi-media-w...te-soc-374859/


    8chan: owner of extremist site lashes out as scrutiny intensifies
    https://www.alipac.us/f9/8chan-owner...sifies-374858/
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