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Dept. Homeland Security Welcomes Neo-Nazi, Deports Immigrant Students

Eric Ward • Feb 16, 2010

Janet Napolitano, the head of The Department of Homeland Security should stop the harassment of immigrant workers and students and focus on real threats. Searchlight Magazine, an anti-racist European monthly, has alerted civil rights organizations in the United States to the arrival of Nick Griffin. Griffin is the leader of the British National Party (BNP), a racial extremist political organization based in the United Kingdom.

Griffin, scheduled to speak at the now canceled white nationalist American Renaissance conference, will be appearing February 18 at Michigan State University. The student group sponsoring the event, Sons of Liberty, also states in its media release that Griffin “is expected to make an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington D.C.”

Despite the public overhaul of the BNP over the last decade, Griffin has been clear that his public distancing from overt racism and bigotry is nothing more than a façade, telling a group of U.S. neo-Nazis in 2001 that “My politics have not changed”.

Griffin became an organizer for the National Front, a neo-Nazi organization, in 1978 and in the 1980s traveled to Libya as a guest of Muammar al-Gaddafi in order to seek funding for the organization. In the 80’s Griffin hired Roberto Fiore. Fiore was convicted in 1985 for being a member of an Italian far right terror organization that was involved in a train bombing that killed eighty- five people.

According to the website Stop the BNP, several leaders and members of the British National Party have been convicted of assaulting a police officer, hate violence, armed robbery, gang rape, and illegal weapons possession. Tony Lecomber, the BNP’s Group Development Officer, was sentenced to three years under the Explosives Act. Lecomber was sentenced to another three years in prison on the charge of “unlawful wounding” which occurred during an attack on a Jewish school teacher.”

Unsurprisingly, Griffin, no stranger to racism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism, was himself convicted in 1998 for inciting racial hatred. A recent comment posted by “BNP Security” to the white nationalist website American Renaissance alarmingly asks volunteers to simply just show up as “security” for Griffin’s talk. With this history one has to wonder why The Department of Homeland Security is allowing Griffin into the country. Perhaps it is too busy deporting America’s brightest and smartest.

A new documentary called Papers: the Movie tells the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. One of these students, Monica, should be worrying about which college she’ll attend and preparing to add to our nation’s brain trust, but instead she faces deportation thanks to the mixed up priorities of Homeland Security.

If you think it’s time for the Department of Homeland Security to get its priorities straight call Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security at (202) 226-2616 and let him know. For other members of the Committee on Homeland Security click here.

Janet Napolitano should listen to the American public. A recent poll shows that the majority of Texas residents oppose deportation of undocumented immigrants. Allowing neo-Nazi’s with Griffin’s history into the country while terrorizing young students like Monica only make a mockery of the Department of Homeland Security.

I suspect that Lady Liberty would be laughing at the irony. If she wasn’t so busy crying.

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