According to a newspaper report, longtime anti-immigrant activist D.A. King provided “substantial input” for an anti-immigrant bill pre-filed in the Georgia Senate for 2015. The bill seeks to block people who have received work permits and deferred deportation through the federal deferred action program from receiving driver’s licenses in the state.
King is the founder of the Marietta-based anti-immigrant group Dustin Inman Society (DIS) and has a history of making bigoted statements and working with the more extreme elements of the anti-immigrant movement.
In April 2007, for example, when speaking at a Newton County, Georgia Republican Party meeting, Mr. King reportedly claimed that undocumented immigrants are “not here to mow your lawn – they’re here to blow up your buildings and kill your children, and you, and me.” Mr. King has also asserted that the United States is “being invaded and colonized” by a “Mexican mob that brings with it a culture of lawlessness and chaos.” Earlier this year, in response to children fleeing violence from Central America and seeking refuge in the United States, King asserted that the children are “swarming the border and bringing disease.”
For a number of years, King penned articles for the racist website VDARE, founded by white supremacist Peter Brimelow. In one blog entry, he discussed his experience at a March for Dignity, comprised of, in King’s words, “mostly Hispanic demonstrators.” He wrote, “I got the sense that I had left the country of my birth and been transported to some Mexican village, completely taken over by an angry, barely restrained mob….My first act on a safe return home was to take a shower.”
King also has ties to racist John Tanton, the architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement. Tax deductible donations to King’s DIS can be made through U.S., Inc., a group founded by Tanton. The president of U.S., Inc. is anti-immigrant extremist K.C. McAlpin, Tanton’s right-hand man. McAlpin organizes an anti-immigrant Writers Workshop event each year where activists, including a number of racists, present on immigration topics. King spoke at both the 2010 and 2011 Writers Workshop. In 2010, other speakers included Jason Richwine, who left the Heritage Foundation after information emerged that he had written for a “nationalist” website and had written his doctoral thesis arguing that the U.S. should focus its immigration efforts on people with high IQs, and Kevin DeAnna, the founder of the now-defunct far-right student group Youth for Western Civilization. In addition, King is a contributor to Tanton’s anti-immigrant journal The Social Contract, edited by racist Wayne Lutton.
Though King has demonized immigrants through his bigoted statements, he continues to be a major player in the immigration debate in Georgia. His working relationship with politicians can impact immigration legislation and the lives of immigrants in Georgia.