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Tancredo blasts SPLC.


Recently I spoke at a college in New York State. After my speech, a student handed me one of his text books entitled Understanding Human Differences: Multicultural Education in a Diverse America.

Given the title, I didn’t expect sympathetic treatment. However, I was still shocked to see myself quoted as saying, “illegal immigrants were ‘coming to kill you and kill me and our families.'” While illegal aliens disproportionately commit violent crimes, I would never make such a blanket assertion.

I contacted the publisher who gave the source as the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hysterical smear piece against the immigration control movement creatively titled “The Nativists.” The SPLC purported that I said this at a 2004 speech in Illinois.

What I actually said was that our open borders policies allow terrorists to sneak into our country. And yes, terrorists want to “kill you and kill me and our families.” But the SPLC’s intentional misrepresentation is now repeated across the internet and even in college textbooks. (To their credit, the publisher will eliminate the quote in future editions.)

The SPLC calls FAIR a “hate group.” They don’t try to debunk any of FAIR’s studies or point to racist statements made by its staff. Instead they smear FAIR by accusing them of being linked to supposed racists. This guilt by association is so tenuous that they attack FAIR for receiving contributions from someone whose deceased father was allegedly a “white supremacist.”

If the attacks on opponents of illegal immigration are not absurd enough, their website reprinted an article that attacked The Lord of the Rings movies as “Eurocentric” and likened them to “promotional ads for those tired old race and gender paradigms.”

FAIR’s report also notes that the SPLC is the origin of a number of anti-immigration enforcement myths that are spread through the media. One is the claim that there is an explosion of so called “hate crimes” against Hispanics due to the rhetoric of opponents of amnesty.

Deciding whether or not an act is a “hate crime” is subjective. In fact, when Hispanics are attacked by whites, they are listed as victims. However Hispanics are listed as Whites when they commit anti-Black hate crimes!

Even if you take the federal government’s statistics at face value, FAIR notes that hate crimes against Hispanics decreased over the last decade if you account for the fact that their population is rapidly increasing due to the open borders policies that the SPLC promotes.