On July 15, 2013, the Black American Leadership Alliance (BALA), an African American “front group” created by the anti-immigrant movement in the United States, will host a protest against immigration reform in Washington, D.C.
The “DC March for Jobs” will feature a number of speakers from BALA who claim to speak on behalf of the African-American community when in fact they are long-time anti-immigrant activists speaking on behalf of the anti-immigrant movement. A number of politicians and other activists, many of whom have a history of bigoted statements, are also slated to address the crowd:
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) – Steve King is the leader of the anti-immigration reform group in the House of Representatives and has a long history of making bigoted statements against immigrants. King has characterized immigrants – both documented and undocumented – as criminals and disease-carriers. He has spoken alongside leaders of border vigilante groups and advocated for a border “wall” topped with electrified wire to stop what he has called a “slow motion Holocaust” of undocumented immigration into the United States. In an address to the House King asserted that undocumented immigration is “a slow-rolling, slow-motion terrorist attack on the United States.”
Michael Cutler – Cutler is a former INS (now ICE) agent who is a senior fellow at the Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant organization Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) and a former fellow at the anti-immigrant group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). In a July 3, 2013 op-ed in the Washington Times, Cutler claimed that “a significant percentage of the illegal-alien population includes those who know they could not be lawfully admitted via the inspections process that is designed to prevent the entry of aliens who have dangerous communicable diseases, severe mental illness, serious criminal histories, are fugitives from justice in other countries or have committed war crimes or human rights violations, or are spies or terrorists.”
Allen West – West is a former Representative from the state of Florida who failed to win reelection in 2012. West is closely tied to people in the anti-Muslim movement, publishing blogs on sites such as Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shrugs and frequently presenting at events such as ACT! for America’s 2013 national conference. In a March 8, 2010 speech, West demonized Islam, stating, “Islam is a totalitarian theocratic political ideology, it is not a religion. It has not been a religion since 622 AD, and we need to have individuals that stand up and say that.”
Ken Crow – Crow is an Iowa resident and founder of Tea Party Community. In an undated post on the online forum Hub Pages, Crow wrote, “The only place in American society for MULTICULTURALISM is with our Native Americans. They were here first and need to be treated with a very high level of respect. We should not be altering America for anyone else. But we are. We even have the Islamic faithful building schools here and yes they are teaching their children to hate America. They are teaching and preaching hatred of America on American soil.” Crow has published numerous articles on the virulently anti-Muslim site The United West.