On Saturday, Sept. 7, the Black American Leadership Alliance will take its divisive and hateful messaging on the road with a series of rallies dubbed the “We Are America Tour” to protest against immigration reform. BALA, a front group for the anti-immigrant Tanton Network, was created to instigate tension between communities of color by pushing the notion that immigrants are taking jobs from Americans, particularly African Americans.
A video released today by Cuéntame questions whether BALA is actually working in the interest of African American communities. It asks, “Do BALA supporters know that they are working for a group that fights for a white majority, that supports eugenics, sterilization and population control?”
The tactic of using front groups is one familiar to the Tanton Network. And despite unsuccessful attempts in the past to connect with African American audiences on this issue, they’re trying again.
However, Gerald Lenoir of Black Alliance for Just Immigration, points out the network that BALA fronts has worked to roll back civil rights policies that have been beneficial to all communities of color. And, he notes, polls actually show that African Americans support immigrant rights and favor a path to citizenship.
“They are not only attacking immigrants. They are attacking the rights of African Americans.”