William Gheen, leader of the North Carolina-based anti-immigrant organization Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), attacked the notion that the white population in the United States is declining naturally. Gheen blamed immigrants for the alleged demise of the white and black populations in the United States.
Gheen made the comments on June 14 on the Alex Jones Show, hosted by extreme anti-government conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Gheen is a frequent guest of the show, also appearing in May 2013.
Jones asked Gheen to talk about the Senate’s immigration reform bill, which Gheen called, “the controlled destruction of America.” Gheen later went a step further, claiming, “Nobody out there is asking why black people are dying, why white people are dying out; why the white population suddenly has done something demographers have never seen before, and it started a reversal; and then you read the articles that says ‘natural decline, natural decline, it’s just a natural decline.’ There’s nothing natural about it.” Gheen later stated, “It’s genocidal, it’s nationally destructive… this is a controlled demolition.”
This is not the first time Gheen has voiced his concerns with immigrants threatening “white America.” In 2011, Gheen joined right-wing radio host Janet Mefferd on her show and he argued that the U.S. government, with the help of immigrants, was preparing for a war with “white America.” Gheen claimed that the Department of Homeland Security was “putting out videos and propaganda” to telegraph what he believed “to be a conflict with White America they’re preparing for after they get another 10 or 15 million people in the country to back them up.”
In 2007 he claimed, “illegal aliens in this country have set up ethnic cleansing zones, ethnic cleansing zones where if you walk past the wrong sign post, the invisible line, you’re under the threat of death.” Gheen also has extensive ties to anti-immigrant figures both in North Carolina and nationwide.
Gheen once enjoyed a more mainstream image, appearing on Fox News and MSNBC as well as the pages of the Washington Post and The New York Times. Though
Gheen has long tried to maintain some sort of mainstream credibility, his recent comments indicate his further decline into the extreme end of the anti-immigrant movement.