Immigration

#EPICFAIL: Anti-Immigrant Group NCFIRE Stages “MASSIVE” Protest in Greenville


Brian Schultz • Aug 11, 2011

North Carolina probably doesn’t need any help maintaining its nativist lobby.

Already, it accommodates two of the most influential anti-immigrant grassroots initiatives: NC Listen, a state contact for the notorious Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR); and Americans for Legal Immigration Reform PAC (ALIPAC), a group that flaunts its status as the “third largest” restrictionist group in the US, which was founded by the obsessive gay-basher William Gheen. Congress-people from North Carolina still produce and support voluminous xenophobic legislation—for some it even accounts for almost 10% of their total legislative output.

And all the while, North Carolinians are voicing their opposition to frivolous and divisive politics. It is in this context that the scrappy tagalong of the state’s anti-immigrant efforts, North Carolinians for Immigration Reform and Enforcement (NCFIRE), helmed the latest nativist demonstration there.

NCFIRE, founded in 2007, is yet another state contact for FAIR. Its activity generally entails its founder, James Johnson, posting comments on Facebook and posing in photographs with assorted bigots—much like one here with former congressman Tom Tancredo and Roan Garcia-Quintana, a board member of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) who once infamously declared at a CofCC conference that:

“There are three types of people in this world: negroids, mongroids, and Caucasians.”

On occasion, however, NCFIRE lugs itself into the public eye, like this last weekend when it spearheaded an effort to deny the Mexican Consulate access to “taxpayer property.” Among others, the organization was furious that the state would allow the Consulate to issue the Matricula Consular ID card, and so they organized a protest of the event.

NCFIRE has made similar efforts before, asking its constituents to lambast public officials and show a threatening presence until the group gets its way. But this rarely happens, and business generally goes on much as though NCFIRE doesn’t exist.

And so was the case with its recent protest, in the patent understatement of neutral reportage. The turnout was, well, conspicuously small. So, nice job, NCFIRE. Really, well done.

 

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