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Anti-immigrant groups aren’t racists … they just like Nazis

11 May 2006

Courtesy of Southern Poverty Law Center:

Laine Lawless, who started a group called Border Guardians last year, sent an April 3 e-mail to Mark Martin, “SS commander” of the Western Ohio unit of the National Socialist Movement, which has 59 chapters in 30 states. It was titled, “How to GET RID OF THEM!”

The e-mail from Lawless, who was also an original member of Chris Simcox’s vigilante militia before it morphed into the Minuteman Project in early 2005, detailed 11 suggestions for ways to harass and terrorize undocumented immigrants, including robbery and “beating up illegals” as they leave their workplace.

“Maybe some of your warriors for the race would be the kind of people willing to implement some of these ideas,” Lawless wrote. “I’m not ready to come out on this. … Please don’t use my name. THANKS.”

At the request of Lawless, who declined to respond to questions from the Intelligence Report, Martin posted her suggestions to a number of neo-Nazi bulletin boards. Those suggestions included:

— “Steal the money from any illegal walking into a bank or check cashing place.”
— “Make every illegal alien feel the heat of being a person without status. … I hear the rednecks in the South are beating up illegals as the textile mills have closed. Use your imagination.”
— “Discourage Spanish-speaking children from going to school. Be creative.”
— “Create an anonymous propaganda campaign warning that any further illegal immigrants will be shot, maimed or seriously messed-up upon crossing the border. This should be fairly easy to do, considering the hysteria of the Spanish language press, and how they view the Minutemen as ‘racists & vigilantes.’”

The Report contacted Lawless for comment, sending her copies of her own e-mails that included their original headers, as she requested. But after receiving the copies, Lawless refused to talk.

Lawless, the former high priestess of Sisterhood of the Moon, a lesbian pagan organization, has been heavily involved in anti-immigration extremism since 2004, when she joined Simcox’s Civil Homeland Defense outfit, as it was then called. That same year, she invited militia members to her private ranch in Cochise County, Ariz. “I coordinate with Chris [Simcox], so anyone who wants to come is welcome,” she wrote in a post to an online user group, “Border War” which was reposted on sites such as “A Well Regulated Militia.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 12 May 2006 9:28 am

    The National Socialist Movement opposes the Minutemen and all other radical anti-racist and anti-fascist organizations.

    And, the email from Laine Lawless to Mark Martin was faked.

  2. 12 May 2006 6:42 pm

    I suppose I should be honored, receiving email from a site Google.com warns is racist hate speech. Bill White’s site ties to all kinds of racist organizations.

    I’d never use Nazi and truth in the same sentence, but for what it’s worth, here’s Bill’s posting about that alleged “faked” email (from http://overthrow88.blogspot.com/2006/05/minutemen-are-radical-anti-racists.html — note that “88” — you find that on every neo-nazi website — some wacky numerology thing I guess):

    Heeeere’s Billy…

    “The National Socialist Movement has repeatedly held demonstration against the Minutemen and broken up Minuteman press conferences, calling the Minutemen tools of the Republican Party:

    “The Republicans are using this group to try to co-opt this issue from real racialist organizations, and the National Socialist Movement strongly objects to that effort,” White concluded. “

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