The Prince William County Police Department acknowledged the presence of a deliberate misinformation campaign on the part of radical illegal alien supporters in an article published today in The American Observer, the student newspaper of American University. One of the major culprits identified is the National Immigrant Solidarity Network, which has been consistently warning immigrant populations that they are going to be the subject of racially-based police activity that will harass Hispanic residents regardless of their legal status in the country. The Police Department has spent a substantial amount of taxpayer dollars attempting to provide accurate information about the county’s policies and how they will be implemented in an effort to combat this fear-mongering campaign, but according to Mexicans Without Borders, the lies seem to be winning over the truth.
Although Mexicanos Sin Fronteras (Mexicans Without Borders) recently tried to claim that they’re not a part of any fear-mongering campaign, their relationship with the Immigrant Solidarity Network is enduring and extensive. The front page of the Immigrant Solidarity Network currently displays a prominent appeal to assist Mexicans Without Borders) from March 7th, and considers Mexicans Without Borders part of their 2007-2008 Strategic Immigrant Campaign Framework. In his role of “Solidarity Outreach Coordinator” for Mexicans Without Borders, John Steinbach has written articles posted on the website of the Immigrant Solidarity Network praising the organization for their assistance and support. Ricardo Juarez of Mexicans Without Borders has made joint appearances with Lee Siu Hin who runs the Immigrant Solidarity Network as recently as the 2007 May Day protests in Washington, DC where they called for and end to workplace enforcement actions, a halt to all deportations of illegal aliens, amnesty for illegal aliens and the establishment of Washington, DC as a sanctuary city. This association between Ricardo Juarez and Lee Siu Hin reaches back to at least 2004, when they worked together opposing immigration reform in Freehold, New Jersey while Mexicans Without Borders was still known as “Comité Zapatista L@s Pasamontañas” (Zapatista Committee Of The Ski Mask).
The Immigrant Solidarity Network regularly espouses the same Zapatista propaganda seem from Mexicans Without Borders (see here, here and here) and is allied with some disturbing anarchist organizations. That they’re a major player in the effort to terrify the immigrant community really comes as little surprise. Scaring the hell out of legal immigrants is a facile way to establish “solidarity” with their illegal alien brothers, increase their membership, and continue to wrest influence away from more responsible immigrant organizations on the issue. It also provides fodder for what Karl Marx termed “useful idiots”, who take these hysterical rantings at face value and promote them as part of their “social justice” agenda.
It’s just too bad that the effect here is to subvert publicly-funded information campaigns which attempt to educate the public on what the government is doing. I wonder if we can send the Immigrant Solidarity Network and Mexicans Without Borders a bill for the damage they’ve done within the very community they claim to represent. I suppose we could, but I doubt they’d ever pay it.
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