Georgia Anti-Immigrant Activist Tied to White Nationalism

Catharine Debelle • Aug 01, 2011

Donald Arthur “D.A.” King is the founder and leader of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society. Dustin Inman was a 16-year-old boy who was killed when an alleged undocumented immigrant crashed into the back of the Inman family car in 2000).

King has described the United States as a country “being invaded and colonized,” and its “way of life” destroyed with the “Hispandering” of his state.

A long-time proponent and supporter of all anti-immigrant legislation to come out of Georgia in the last several years, King and his group focus entirely on opposing immigration to the United States, particularly by Latinos. He began by promoting section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which authorizes the Federal Government to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies under the supervision of ICE.

Prior to his elegant transition into mainstream media, King maintained an active partnership with VDare, a website that receives financial aid from the Tanton network. VDare publishes racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant articles. In one blog entry, he discussed his experience at a March for Dignity, comprised of, in King’s words, “mostly Hispanic demonstrators.” He wrote, “I got the sense that I had left the country of my birth and been transported to some Mexican village, completely taken over by an angry, barely restrained mob….My first act on a safe return home was to take a shower.”

In September 2006, King attempted to distance himself from VDare by requesting that his name be removed from the editorial collective, as long as they kept an archive of his past posts.

Unfortunately his attempts to gain a wider audience seem to be working. In October 2007, a National Public Radio segment described King as “a grassroots activist.” Later that year, King was introduced as a guest on CNN’s Headline News as an “anti-illegal immigration activist” and a “columnist for the Marietta Journal.”  In fact, records indicate that twelve mainstream newspapers have printed King’s articles.  Most notably, The Washington Times, which neutrally describes the Dustin Inman Society as “a Georgia-based coalition of citizens with the goal of educating the public on the consequences of illegal immigration.”

But his acceptance into mainstream media should not deceive us.

In  April 2007, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, when speaking at a Newton County (Georgia) Republican Party meeting, he told attendees that undocumented immigrants are “not here to mow your lawn – they’re here to blow up your buildings and kill your children, and you, and me.”

Most recently, King declared that he “helped write H.B. 87.”

“I am very proud of our final product and that we were able to dispel the fabrications put out by the various anti-enforcement factions during the committee process.” H.B. 87 was signed into law on May 13, 2011, and took legal effect at the beginning of July. HB 87 grants authority to law enforcement to request identification of anyone they deem “suspicious.” It also makes it illegal for any person to “harbor” an undocumented immigrant. The state of Georgia is currently involved in a lawsuit brought on by ACLU and other organizations on accusations of racial profiling and other civil rights violations supported by HB 87.

“We looked at the points of contention on local law enforcement and enforcement in the Arizona law and adjusted accordingly,” said King.

In April, President Obama criticized H.B. 87. “It is a mistake for states to try to do this piecemeal,” he said during a WSB-TV interview. “We can’t have 50 different immigration laws around the country. Arizona tried this, and a federal court already struck them down.” What is needed is true immigration reform on both the local, state and federals level to encourage uniform and just policies.

As a country we cannot continue to use old quotas of race or nationality as the basis of our immigration laws. Immigration legislation like the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, which passed at the height of the Civil Rights movement, made significant inroads as far as leveling the immigration playing field. Let’s not allow people like D.A. King to retract important Civil Rights pillars in this nation.

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