James Neighbors

Anti-Immigrant Groups Demand 'Post Haste' Removal Of Obama, Biden, McConnell And Boehner

Last week, anti-immigrant activist William Gheen unveiled his plan to get Louie Gohmert or Steve King installed as president by removing President Obama and Vice President Biden from office and then getting Gohmert or King named speaker of the House.

Now Gheen is trying to get his fellow anti-immigrant activists on board his plan, spearheading an open letter “to warn as many Americans as possible” that the GOP leaders are “clandestinely working with Obama to perpetrate an unlawful and unconstitutional amnesty plot” and calling for their removal from office “post haste!”

Joining Gheen in signing the letter are anti-immigrant and Tea Party activists including Gheen’s frequent collaborator James Neighbors of Overpasses for America, Maria Espinoza of the Remembrance Project, Belinda Bee of 2 Million Bikers to DC, Darla Dawald of One Nation Rising.

We, the undersigned leaders, hereby agree to warn as many Americans as possible that GOP leaders in Congress such as John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are clandestinely working with Obama to perpetrate an unlawful and unconstitutional amnesty plot despite their misleading public statements to the contrary.

Furthermore, we call on every GOP lawmaker to actively and aggressively seek the removal of Barack Obama, Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner from their leadership positions as soon as humanly possible because their deceptions on the issue of amnesty for illegal immigrants equate to the overthrow and nullification of our elections, laws, Congress, Republic, and our Constitution, which each of these corrupt politicians swore an oath to uphold!

We also call on all American lawmakers in Washington and our states, party officials, members of the media, voters, and activists to immediately seek the removal of Obama and his Vice President as well their GOP facilitators and co-conspirators John Boehner and Mitch McConnell from their leadership positions - immediately!

As Americans, it is our duty to take any and all steps necessary to protect the well being of our citizens, laws, and Constitution, which are under threat and duress by the Obama-McConnell-Boehner Amnesty Plot and the millions of illegal aliens they are supporting at the behest of the US Chamber of Commerce, Council on Foreign Relations, big banks, and mega wealth billionaires.

In honor of the thousands of Americans losing their lives each year to this politician supported illegal immigrant invasion of our American homeland, and the millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans struggling to make ends meet, we stand in unity against all of those in power who are betraying Americans by conspiring to deprive American voters of any true voice, choice, or representation on these matters of national and individual survival.

We call on other leaders to join in the signing of this open letter to lawmakers, and all Americans to join our efforts to depose Obama, McConnell, and Boehner from power in the unifying and paramount interest of returning Constitutional governance to America post haste!

William Gheen
President of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC)
www.alipac.us

James Neighbors
Founder and President, Overpasses For America
www.overpassesforamerica.com

Ron Woodard
NC Listen
www.nclisten.com

James Johnson
NCFIRE
www.ncfire.info

Jim Komaniecki
President, Restore American Liberty
www.restoreamericanliberty.com

Kirtis Baxter
President - Riders USA
www.ridersusa.net

Ruthie Hendrycks
Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform (MSIR)
www.mnsirproject.com

Belinda Bee
2 Million Bikers To DC
www.2mbtdc.com

Maria Espinoza
The Remembrance Project
www.theremembranceproject.org

Tim Selaty Sr.
Tea Party Community
www.teapartycommunity.com

Darla Dawald
Founder One Nation Rising
www.OneNationRising.com

Liz Theiss
Stop the Magnet
www.stopthemagnet.com

Maria Martinez
Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas (IRCOT
www.ircot.org

Roan Garcia-Quintana
Americans Have Had Enough Coalition
www.AmericansHaveHadEnough.org

Ronnie Long
Cabarrus Conservative Alliance - PAC
www.ccapac.org

Lee A Blanton
Republican Party Committeeman of Hamilton County
Precinct 24G, Cincinnati, Ohio

Marianne Ferrari Founder
Speak Up Save America
www.SpeakUpSaveAmerica.com

Anti-Immigrant Activists: Obama Inciting Civil War By Making Immigration Announcement On Mexico's Revolution Day

Today, President Obama is scheduled to announce that he will grant temporary deportation relief to some immigrants living in the country illegally. Today also happens to be the Mexican holiday of “Revolution Day,” which commemorates the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910. At least two anti-immigrant activists think this is not a coincidence.

In a press release today — which has already been dotingly covered by the Washington Times – anti-immigrant extremists William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC and James Neighbors of Overpasses for America claim that by picking today for his announcement, Obama is creating “a permanent symbolic relationship between his actions and Mexico’s violent revolutionary and civil wars from 1910-1920!”

"Obama is making a powerful and dangerous symbolic declaration to large Spanish media audiences today comparing his new immigration orders to the violent Mexican revolution and civil war!" Gheen writes in the release, claiming that the decisions of major networks not to air the speech are meant to “keep most US citizens oblivious” as Obama sends a revolutionary message to Spanish-speaking viewers.

Unbeknownst to most Americans, Barack Obama currently plans to issue an edict that defies current US Laws and the US Constitution by establishing amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants on Mexican Revolution Day 2014, which is traditionally celebrated on November 20 in Mexico and by Mexicans everywhere.

November 20 is Mexican "Revolution Day" or Mexican "Civil War Day" which is the equivalent of America's 4th of July. Obama's choice of this date for his departure from his Oath of Office and the US Constitution creates a permanent symbolic relationship between his actions and Mexico's violent revolutionary and civil wars from 1910-1920!

"Obama is making a powerful and dangerous symbolic declaration to large Spanish media audiences today comparing his new immigration orders to the violent Mexican revolution and civil war!" said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. "Obama is timing his move to thwart the American public's voice in Congress to coincide with Mexican Revolution Day and the Ferguson verdict while CBS, ABC, and NBC will keep most US citizens oblivious tonight!"

In case it wasn't clear what they were getting at, Gheen included this image in an email to supporters promoting the press release:

Right-Wing Activists Promise '60s Era Sit-Ins' To Keep IDs From Immigrants

Anti-immigrant activists William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC and James Neighbors of Overpasses for America warned yesterday that if President Obama takes executive action to prevent the deportation of certain undocumented immigrants, they will respond with “60s era sit-ins” and chain themselves to the doors of government offices charged with distributing identification documents.

Gheen and Neighbors, who are teaming up with a number of groups including Numbers USA and the anti-Obama Two Million Bikers to D.C. this weekend to hold a series of protests linking undocumented immigrants to Ebola, appeared on Blog Talk Radio’s “Patriot Nation” show yesterday to promote the event and to warn of a possible executive action by Obama.

“We’re going to need some very brave people who are willing to face arrest by peaceably conducting ‘60s era sit-ins to actually go in and block those offices that will be set up all over the place to start giving ID to these illegal immigrants,” Gheen said. “We’re going to have to march into those offices and try to physically stop them from doing what they’re doing, hoping that that will awake this nation.”

Neighbors one-upped him, promising to “chain myself to the front door” of offices issuing documents to immigrants so “they’re going to have to arrest me.”

“I’ll chain my arm to yours, brother, and we’ll put a big piece of PVC around them so they can’t cut the chain and we’ll chain ourselves to the door and do what we need to do,” Gheen responded.

Anti-Immigrant Coalition To Hold Protests Blaming Undocumented Immigrants For Ebola

William Gheen’s Americans for Legal Immigration PAC and James Neighbors of Overpasses for America, the crack team that brought us this summer’s sparsely attended and unabashedly xenophobic protests against Central American children, are back with another round this weekend, this time attempting to tie undocumented immigrants to the Ebola virus.

In an email alert that went out to Gheen’s activist list yesterday with the subject line “New National Wave of Protests Against Obama, Illegla Immigration, & Ebola,” Gheen and Neighbors announce that a “new twist to this next wave of events will be protesters wearing medical face masks to protest Obama allowing Ebola into America.”

In the email, Gheen implies that undocumented immigrants — including the longtime U.S. residents who would be affected by immigration reform — are bringing Ebola into the United States. "Obama won't stop Ebola from entering America because to do so he would have to stop his immigration reform plans and illegal immigration!" he declares.

After making history in July with more than 300 protests nationwide in a 24 hour period, this next wave is designed to remind voters that Obama's policies are on the ballot in the November 4, 2014 midterm elections and which may become American's last chance to rebuke Obama and put a stop to his plans to decree amnesty for millions of illegal aliens before year's end! A new twist to this next wave of events will be protesters wearing medical face masks to protest Obama allowing Ebola into America.

"We need a Democrat apocalypse on November 4 and then to go after the Republicans facilitating Obama's dictatorial abuses of power and immigration reform amnesty, which are designed to permanently destroy America's borders, the Constitution, and the Republic!" said William Gheen President of ALIPAC. "Obama won't stop Ebola from entering America because to do so he would have to stop his immigration reform plans and illegal immigration!"

Some protesters will carry signs opposing Obama's plans to allow non American Ebola patients to be brought into America while refusing to stop non essential travel from Ebola infection areas. Others plan to wear face masks and bio suits in protest increasing the visual display attracting public attention with American flags and signs! [sic throughout.]

Not only have there been no cases of Ebola among undocumented immigrants in the United States, but there have been no cases in any of the top ten countries of origin of undocumented immigrants.

But, as we noted last week, the anti-immigrant movement has been hyping fears of Ebola in an attempt to tie the virus to immigration. Gheen is especially eager to tie his anti-immigrant activism to the right-wing issue of the day, including organizing rallies in support of the police officer who shot Missouri teenager Michael Brown.

Gheen and Neighbors are fringe activists, but they aren’t treated as such by many in the anti-immigrant Right. Their protests this summer were promoted by right-wing talk show hosts including Mark Levin and the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios, and one protest even included a birther-leaning speech by Rep. Steve King of Iowa.

The Center for New Community has posted a map of this weekend’s planned protests, with the note that many protests that Gheen and his allies announced this summer didn’t actually seem to take place at all.

Anti-Immigrant Protests A Bust: Five Things This Weekend's Rallies Tell Us About The Nativist Right

For weeks now, anti-immigrant groups have been hyping a “National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform, Amnesty & Border Surge,” meant to be two days of protests in cities across the country in reaction to the Central American children who are coming to the southern border to flee violence in their home countries.

The protests were a bust. Local news reports and pictures posted on social media show anemic turnout, from about 40 people in front of the United Nations in New York to just three at a McClellan, Texas, border control station who wondered if they had gotten the wrong address.

These small but vitriolic protests, although they didn’t meet the hype of their organizers, tell us everything we need to know about today’s anti-immigrant movement.

1. It’s driven by extremists.

This weekend’s protests were organized by three fringe groups: Make Them Listen, Overpasses for America, and Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.

Make Them Listen is run by activist Paul Arnold, who has close ties to the anti-immigrant front group behind last summer’s rally of extremists on the National Mall .

Overpasses for America is a group led by activist James Neighbors that organizes demonstrations over highway overpasses to call for President Obama’s impeachment. The group went a step further this year when it backed Operation American Spring, an effort meant to flood Washington with protesters and force Obama out of office , which also came up slightly short of expectations .

Overpasses frequently shares images like this on its Facebook page:

The group also uses the platform to share its views on immigrants, including this image and its accompanying caption.

Americans for Legal Immigration is a one-man anti-immigrant hate shop run by North Carolina-based activist William Gheen. Gheen has said that “illegal and violent” means might be necessary to remove President Obama from office and has a long record of virulent anti-immigrant rhetoric . Gheen’s last national action was encouraging his supporters to mail used underwear to undocumented immigrants.

Gheen also has ties to the right-wing militia movement: he personally invited the anti-government group Oath Keepers to join the weekend’s protests.

Other groups listed as “participating organizations” in the event included 2 Million Bikers To DC, whose leader wants to repeal all but the first 10 amendments to the Constitution and which deals in racist Facebook images, and Americans Have Had Enough Coalition, which is led by white supremacist Roan Garcia-Quintana .

The largest recent anti-immigrant protests — the attempts to turn back busses of migrant children in Murrieta, California, and Oracle, Arizona — were also populated by anti-government fringe groups. The Murrieta protest, which was organized by activists tied to the Minutemen and the John Birch Society, drew some of the same people who had recently set up shop at the anti-government standoff at the Bundy Ranch.

2. It relies on xenophobia.

Signs and chants at this weekend’s protests show that the movement draws its energy from Nativism and xenophobia.

A number of signs at the events drew from the ginned-up fears of migrant children carrying diseases. In New York, one protester parodied Emma Lazarus, shouting, “bring us your smallpox, bring us your malaria, your scabies.”

Another woman in New York held a sign calling “illegals” and President Obama “cockroaches.”

At the Raleigh event, attended by Gheen himself, protesters in front of the Mexican consulate held a large sign reading “No Way Jose.”

A protester in Texas held a sign saying, “We are a nation of immigrants, not a nation of welfare .”

Another protester in Florida wrote a sign that read, “Send Them Back with Birth Control.”

3. The fringe and the “mainstream” are closely knit.

The weekend’s protests were organized by fringe extremists, but they were promoted by large national groups that have access and influence in national politics.

The largest anti-immigrant organizing groups, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and Numbers USA quietly promoted the events: Numbers sent a notice about the events to its email list and a number of FAIR’s state affiliates directed members to events in their areas.

Prominent GOP-tied activists also promoted the events. The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios urged listeners of her radio show to attend events in their area and advertised the protest on Facebook. The Right’s favorite "constitutional scholar" Mark Levin also advertised the rallies on Facebook.

Rep. Steve King, the leading anti-immigrant voice in Congress, was spoke at a sparsely attended protest in Nebraska, telling his audience that the migrant children at the border represent an “invasion” the size of “Santa Ana’s army.”

4. The movement’s running on fumes.

The small turnout at the weekend’s rallies highlights the truth that the anti-immigrant movement is desperately trying to hide: it just doesn’t have that much support.

Reports from cities across the country show just small handfuls of people showing up to yell about the child migrants to passing cars.

About 12 people turned up on an overpass in Milwaukee. A similar number gathered in Oklahoma City and Placentia, California. An event in Dover, Delaware, seems to have attracted about twenty. About eight appear to have made it out to hang an “Obama Sucks” banner on an overpass in Chattanooga. Three people turned up on an overpass in Oregon. San Diego mustered 25 people. A small group of protesters in Columbus, Ohio, were disappointed that so few people had showed up. About 15 people made it to the parking lot of the Mexican consulate in Little Rock; consulate officials and local police assured local news that they weren’t too concerned about needing additional security.

Meanwhile, Think Progress reporters in McClellan, Texas, ran into a group of three anti-immigrant demonstrators who wondered if they had gotten the wrong address for the protest. They were drowned out by the more than 60 people rallying in support of the refugee children at the border.

The protests this weekend were an attempt to create the illusion of widespread outrage at the children coming to the southern border and at the concept of immigration reform. A number of the protest groups, however small, garnered local news coverage and were able to say that they were part of a large nationwide effort. A look at reports from across the country shows that that was not the case.

The anti-immigrant movement, for all its smoke and mirrors, consists of a small network of closely tied advocacy groups who rely on fringe extremists like Gheen and Neighbors to rally scant amounts of grassroots support.

5. The GOP is still listening.

The anti-immigrant movement may be smoke and mirrors, but it has some very influential people fooled. House Speaker John Boehner still refuses to bring immigration reform up for a vote in the House. Ted Cruz now says that deporting DREAMers is his “top priority.” Republicans in Congress, spooked by the victory of ALIPAC-supported David Brat in Virginia, say that immigration reform is dead — even though an overwhelming percentage of Republicans want Congress to take action to fix the immigration system and a majority of Republicans want that to include a path to citizenship or permanent residency for undocumented immigrants.

The child refugee crisis has brought out the true colors of the anti-immigrant movement. Even as some conservative groups are urging compassion and care for the children fleeing to the southern border, Republican leaders seem to be buying the narrative of the small, Nativist anti-immigrant fringe.

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