A Source of Shame to the Immigrant Community
I regularly get America First 2008 email updates in order to stay in touch with what they are doing (this is not an endorsement). I got an email this evening that just angers me. (see below)
I would be all in favor of harsh sentences for gang-related crimes, and until our border has been secured, we should not be deporting arrested gang members, just to have them sneak back in. They should simply be locked up!!
This is the exact sort of thing that is at the heart of the cultural backlash against immigrants of Latino heritage. I wanted to make a public statement in calling to all Latino civil rights groups to publicly denounce the use of threats by MS 13 and Latin Kings. Whatever your view on immigration, race, and the border, violence and the threat of violence will not resolve anything, Latino community leaders must make that clear and loudly denounce it before the cameras!
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE LAKEWOOD, NJ RALLY PROTESTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ON AUGUST 25TH HAS BEEN COMPLETELY CANCELLED!!!!
I HAVE JUST SPOKEN TO OUR POLICE CHIEF HERE IN LAKEWOOD; WE HAVE CONCLUDED, AFTER RECEIVING THREATS FROM GANGS SUCH AS MS 13 AND LATIN KINGS HAVE THREATENED THE SAFETY TO OUR SPEAKERS, ORGANIZERS AND SUPPORTERS:
WE DO NOT HAVE THE HUGE AMOUNT OF FUNDS TO OFFER SUCH PROTECTION AS WAS GIVEN IN HAZELTON AND MORRISTOWN THEREFORE, WE MUST TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE SAFETY OF OUR TOWNSHIP OUR WONDERFUL SPEAKERS AND OUR SUPPORTERS.
I WANTED TO PERSONALLY THANK AGAIN, ALL THOSE SPEAKERS WHO AGREED TO COME AND SPEAK AT THE RALLY - YOU WILL NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH IT MEANT TO ME. I WANT TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO I NEVER EVEN MET, WHO HELPED ME IN COUNTLESS WAYS - WITHOUT ANY OF YOU, I WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO ALL THAT I DID.
I REFUSE TO ALLOW THE HATRED OF OTHER AMERICAN CITIZENS AND ILLEGALS TO DESTROY AND GIVE ANY OF US A BAD NAME -
PLEASE POST AND PASS ON THE WORD THAT THE RALLY HAS BEEN COMPLETELY CANCELLED SO THAT NO ONE SHOWS UP FOR A RALLY THAT WILL NOT BE TAKING PLACE.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR COUNTRY -
THIS IS MERELY A BUMP IN THE ROAD, AND IT CERTAINLY WON'T STOP ANY OF US FROM DOING WHAT WE FEEL IS RIGHT AND PRESERVING OUR NATION - THE BEST D___ COUNTRY IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!!!
Truly a shame that a group's free speech would be infringed upon by a group of simpleton thugs and criminals!