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ALIPAC Endorses NumbersUSA Candidates


Rebecca Poswolsky • Nov 04, 2010

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) co-endorsed nearly all of the NumbersUSA candidates running in the 2010 election.  The North Carolina-based group leader, William Gheen,  took time out of his busy schedule last week to do an interview with American Free Press, a blatantly anti-Semitic organization founded by infamous holocaust denier and white supremacist Willis Carto.”

Upon closer look, ALIPACs midterm stance is merely a shadowy facsimile of NumbersUSA‘s own neo-conservative ticket.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, “Gheen’s rhetoric demonstrates an agenda that goes beyond the enforcement of immigration laws.  He regularly demonizes immigrants as drunk drivers, gang members, invaders, murderers, and disease-carriers.”  Politico also covered ALIPAC’s co-endorsements, citing that Republican Jesse Kelly of Arizona’s 8th District even signed a pledge to advocate fervently for ALIPAC’s agenda in Congress. Regardless of ALIPAC’s stance on immigration, this election proves that ALIPAC’s collective platform is nothing but a template they’ve inherited from NumbersUSA, a well-financed xenophobic group that continuously misrepresents itself as the leading “immigration restriction” group.

During the 2010 election buildup, such representations took the form of “report cards” that NumbersUSA designed for elected officials solely on their advertised immigration stance.  Each Candidate was “graded” according the harshness of her/his individual stance; for example, an ‘A’ grade was designated for those candidates most vehemently, “opposing amnesty,” while also sanctioning, “attrition through enforcement, mandating E-Verify, assisting local police, funding entry/exit system, defunding sanctuary cities, border security, ending birthright citizenship, ending chain migration, ending visa lotteries, opposing guest worker programs and reducing total immigration.”

Baring substantial influence from NumbersUSA, an overwhelming number of ALIPAC’s endorsements, (around 179) were Republicans like Tom Tancredo, Steve King, and Michelle Bachmann. More than two thirds of ALIPAC’s overall nominees were elected.  At night’s end, more than two thirds of ALIPAC’s nominees were elected, with every candidate they co-opted from NumbersUSA’s ticket falling within that percentage—every single one. While many of those that ALIPAC solely endorsed failed to win, the overwhelming success of NumbersUSA’s endorsements should not be dismissed.

Rather than employing the foresight necessary to develop its own ticket, or even covering the election in great depth, ALIPAC choose to depend centrally on NumbersUSA for both insight and direction during this year’s midterms.  The collective victory for NumbersUSA and ALIPAC, though the latter’s is rather by default, is essentially and primarily attributable to their wholehearted devotion to platforms constructed on the transparency of any one candidate’s hostility towards immigrants.  Those of us committed to building communities free from fear must organize and respond proactively to the ethnically homogeneous worldviews that many of our newly elected officials so freely pledge allegiance to.

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