On August 31 racist anti-immigrant activist Barbara Coe, the founder of the anti-Hispanic hate group California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR), passed away. Following her death, a number of anti-immigrant activists and extremists responded with messages praising her work.
Coe spent much of her later life demonizing immigrants in California and working with a number of extremists in an effort to advance her nativist cause. Coe was credited with leading the grassroots effort to pass California’s anti-immigrant legislation Proposition 187 in 1994. According to a 2005 article in the American Prospect, Coe described undocumented immigrant workers as “illegal barbarians who are cutting off heads and appendages of blind, white, disabled gringos."
Coe also described immigrants as a "malignancy destroying the host." A member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization, Coe spoke at a number of events featuring extremists. On January 17, 1998, Coe spoke at an anti-immigrant rally in Alabama featuring a number of racists, including Sam Dickson and Rick Oltman. On September 7, 2002 Coe spoke at another anti-immigrant gathering in New York featuring white supremacist Jared Taylor.
After news broke of her death, numerous anti-immigrant activists and extremists responded by painting Coe as a positive figure and promoting their own anti-immigrant views.
Racist Peter Brimelow, founder of the anti-immigrant site VDARE, described her passing as “very sad news,” and went on to state, “Barbara Coe was one of a group of California patriots who came together in the early 1990s because they saw the danger posed by mass illegal and legal immigration—and realized that the political Establishment, liberal and ‘conservative,’ intended to do absolutely nothing about it.”
Glenn Spencer, head of the anti-Hispanic hate group American Border Patrol, described Coe as “fire and brimstone” before stating, “She understood the issues and was a fighter.”
Anti-immigrant activist Ted Hayes claimed, “But before the Minute Men, indeed their [sic] was the California For Immigration Reform, and the partnership of Coe and Ron Prince who launched the successful Proposition 187, which as we know was overturned by a socialist, activist federal court giving cover to the non-military, foreign national, civilian, invasion-occupation of our country.”
William Gheen of the anti-immigrant group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) wrote, “All of Barbara's friends and family have much to be proud of because of the great fight she put up against the diseases of cancer and illegal immigration!”