I’m noticing a trend here … the Bundy Ranch, Murrieta, CA and now Oracle, AZ. Instead of putting their faith in their “elected representatives,” White people in the Southwest are starting to stand up to the federal government themselves. They are having some success with this and their actions are inspiring others elsewhere:
“Protesters waved “Return to Sender” signs, shoved a group of mariachi musicians and waited for a bus of immigrant children that the local sheriff told them would arrive. At one point, they briefly halted a bus before realizing it was carrying children from a YMCA.
The bus of Central American children never arrived, ending a day of protest in a small Arizona town that drew more than 100 people on both sides of the immigration debate. …”
Sen. Jeff Sessions, my elected representative, had this to say in an open letter which was hand delivered to every member of the US Congress:
“The action the President is reportedly contemplating would be a nullification of the Immigration and National Act by the Executive Branch of government. Indeed, it would be an executive nullification of our borders as an enforceable national boundary. By declaring whole classes of illegal immigrants beyond the reach of the law, it would remove the moral authority needed to enforce any immigration law, creating the very open-borders policy explicitly rejected by Congress and the people. And it would guarantee that the current illegal immigration disaster would only further worsen and destabilize.”
He’s right, of course, but powerless to do anything to stop the “executive nullification” of our borders. Federal judges and executives who refuse to enforce the law have destroyed any possibility of reforming the system through legislative means.
“Make Them Listen,” a coalition of mainstream conservative anti-immigration groups, is sponsoring protests of the “border surge” in over 319 American cities. It is already clear that hundreds of ordinary people attended the anti-immigration demonstrations on Friday. The vast majority of the protests are still scheduled for Saturday though. Check out this list to find a protest near you.
There are still tons of photos from various demonstrations trickling onto the internet, but it doesn’t change the general picture of what took place this afternoon. Thousands of Americans participated in anti-immigration protests and demonstrations at overpasses, state capitols, Mexican consulates, and roadside at heavily trafficked intersections. The protests on Saturday were much larger and more widespread than the ones on Friday. They were all of the same character as the previous ones in Murrieta, CA and Oracle, AZ where ordinary conservatives waved ubiquitous American and Gadsden flags and carried anti-illegal immigration signs.
The Texas Nationalist Movement reportedly participated in the demonstrations in Texas. League of the South members participated in at least three locations, probably more, in Marietta, GA, Greenville, SC, and Arbutus, MD. Stormfront members participated in Lansing, MI. CofCC members participated in East Tennessee.
As I expected, the first round of demonstrations on Friday closely resembled the previous ones in Murrieta, CA, Oracle, AZ, and Vassar City, MI. A glance is sufficient to reveal that these protests aren’t League of the South demonstrations. The ubiquitous American flags and Gadsden flags (and the absence of the Black Cross) are the hallmark of Tea Party conservatives. In Washington, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri, the demonstrations were sponsored by an outfit called “Take Back America.”
In Oklahoma City, Chattanooga, Charleston, South Carolina and Arlington, Texas, there were demonstrations on overpasses. In Lansing, Austin, and Columbus, Ohio, there were demonstrations at state capitols. In Houston, Chicago, and San Bernardino, there were demonstrations across from Mexican consulates. In other places like Birmingham, Alabama, there were demonstrations at busy intersections.
On balance, the demonstrators had a fairly consistent message: secure the border, deport the illegals, and enforce the law, which at times was blended with other mainstream conservative themes like “Impeach Obama” and “America Needs Jesus.” They used a fairly consistent symbolism in that the US flag and Gadsden flag seems to have been present at all their events. Their dress was often slovenly and most of their signs were crude and handmade, but no more so than any other Tea Party demonstration. These people are essentially the talk radio crowd who have been whipped into a frenzy lately by all the coverage of the “border crisis” on mainstream conservative websites.
I could dwell on our differences which are evident to anyone who follows the Southern Nationalist movement, but in this case we share the same grievances, not to mention the same common enemies, as the “Make Them Listen” protesters. We just don’t disguise our resentments in the language of civic nationalism. We don’t cloak ourselves in the symbolism of 100 Percent Americanism either. We have our own reasons to support these protests though.
Note: “Make Them Listen” has created a permanent Facebook group to coordinate and consolidate the protest movement.
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Anaheim, California West Palm Beach, Florida Corinth, Texas Viera, Florida Oklahoma City, Oklahoma San Antonio, Texas
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Doral, Florida Nashua, New Hampshire Tampa, Florida Bellingham, Washington Conroe, Texas Lenoir, North Carolina
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