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Commentary :: Social Welfare
BTL:Some AntiImmigrant Activists Have Known Connections with Racist Hate Groups
14 Apr 2006
Interview with Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
Some Anti-Immigrant Activists Have Known Connections with Racist Hate Groups

Interview with Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, conducted by Scott Harris

In a series of giant protests demanding fair treatment and legalization, hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their supporters marched in more than 130 cities around the U.S. on April 10. A few days earlier, Dallas, saw more than half a million people come out for one of the largest protests in Texas history.

The unprecedented demonstrations, that many observers believe proclaimed the birth of a new civil rights movement, were triggered by provisions in legislation passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that will make undocumented immigrants and those who assist them felons. Negotiations over other more moderate measures being considered in the Senate made little progress, but will be taken up again when Congress reconvenes after the Easter recess.

Although 63 percent of Americans surveyed in a recent Washington Post-ABC poll reject new laws that would criminalize undocumented immigrants already in the U.S., members of groups like the Minutemen, have been accused of acting as vigilantes and stirring up racism and xenophobia around the immigration issue. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, who discusses known connections between anti-immigrant activists and extreme right wing and racist groups.

Contact the Southern Poverty Law Center at (334) 956-8303 or visit their intelligence project website at and

Related links:

* "Felony Threat Rouses Immigrants," by Gail Russell Chaddock The Christian Science Monitor, April 12, 2006

* "Huge Crowds March for Immigration Rights," The Associated Press, April 11, 2006

* "Crackdowns Smack of Racism," Daily Press, April 11, 2006

* "Immigrants in the U.S. Take to the Streets to Demand Equality," Between The Lines, Week ending 4/17/06

* People for the American Way at

* The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights at

* Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras at

* Mexican Labor News and Analysis at

* Jobs With Justice

* United Farm Workers

* AFL-CIO Home Page

* Change to Win Labor Coalition

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"Between The Lines" is a half-hour syndicated radio news magazine that each week features a summary of under-reported news stories and interviews with activists and journalists who offer progressive perspectives on international, national and regional political, economic and social issues. Because "Between The Lines" is independent of all publications, media networks or political parties, we are able to bring a diversity of voices to the airwaves generally ignored or marginalized by the major media. For more information on this week's topics and to check out our text archive listing topics and guests presented in previous programs visit:
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Try Harder
14 Apr 2006
Mark Potok tries really hard and is still trying really hard to smear the Minutemen. He is a panty sniffer when it comes to dirt digging and he is having a really hard go of it. Those two heeb freaks are not doing so well with their little intelligence agency down there in the Confederacy.

Sure, McNeil/Lehrer will give them a mic from time to time when they are fresh out of think tank pigs to spin the latest beltway gossip, but otherwise, SPLC should just hack their own heads off like Irv Rubin. They haven't been able to put out good dirt lately.

Not like me, anyway.
Re: BTL:Some AntiImmigrant Activists Have Known Connections with Racist Hate Groups
14 Apr 2006
I'm a regular fucking Chip Berlet of radical centrists. I should call my magazine Suckerpunch.
I Hold In My Hand The Names of Fifty Members
14 Apr 2006
Joe Mccarthy made mistakes. The left's smears for teh past 30 years made up for his mistakes 30 times over. Enforcement of immigration rules is not racist. The irish illegal immigrants seem as unhappy as latinos. People here who went thru the system must feel like saps. Border security is legitimate: drugs and guns flow too easily over the border, along with illegals who cost communities significant medical and educational expenses. Criticism of this impact is not racist. Mexico has more severe immigration and labor restrictions than the USA. Is Mexico racist?

Debate the merits of guest workers and open borders, by all means. Keep the hustlers at the Southern "Poverty" Law Center out of it (they are multi-millionaires who file shake-down lawsuits).
Re: BTL:Some AntiImmigrant Activists Have Known Connections with Racist Hate Groups
15 Apr 2006
And some like pork. What is your point?
B@or Hunting
16 Apr 2006
The Minutemen embarassed the Business-Controlled Treasonous Bush Administration that swine from Mexico wander at will over the border. You don't hate swine. You grilll them.
Re: BTL:Some AntiImmigrant Activists Have Known Connections with Racist Hate Groups
16 Apr 2006