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Cross-Post: FAIR Hosts Extremist Rally To Denounce “Disease-Ridden” “Racist” Immigrants

Jill Garvey • Apr 09, 2011

Gratefully borrowed from the Media Matters for America blog. Originally posted on April 05, 2011, by Media Matters staff.

This week, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is holding a rally hosting a various extreme anti-immigrant radio hosts. Yet FAIR promotes themselves as a mainstream organization, touting their ability to “shed light on this complex subject on their website.” Below the jump are some of the extreme, violent, offensive and false comments that FAIR’s rally guests have made.

Jeff Katz

Katz Has Been Repeatedly Fired For Offensive Comments, Including A “Joke” Encouraging Violence Against Immigrants

Katz was fired from a radio station after he made a “joke” suggesting that drivers who run down illegal immigrants at the border should win food from Taco Bell. Katz was also fired from a separate radio station after The Islamic Center of Charlotte called for a boycott of advertisers. From a May 8, 2007, article in The Charlotte Observer (retrieved via Nexis):

[Jibril Hough, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte] said Katz sarcastically refers to Islam as “the religion of peace”; distorts passages in the Koran, the Muslims’ sacred book; calls Muslims who disagree with him “apologists for terrorists”; and refuses to let Hough and other Muslims speak on his show.

Katz Claimed That Police Officers “Would Have Been Justified In Shooting” Rodney King

From a January 22, 1993, Hartford Courant article:

Katz said that in the Los Angeles incident, King had not “followed the lawful direction of these officers and, according to the police reports, had lunged repeatedly at a number of the officers, and in many places the officers would have been justified in shooting him, absolutely.”

Phil Valentine

Valentine’s Immigration Policy: “Shoot Him!”

On April 27, 2006, Valentine held a “Demagnetize America Illegal Immigration Town Hall Meeting” in Franklin, Tennessee. More than 1,000 people attended. Jim Gilchrist, leader of the anti-immigrant vigilante group Minuteman Project, was advertised as the headliner but did not appear. Sharing the stage with Valentine were TN State Senator Bill Ketron (R-13), State Representative Tom DuBois (R-64), and State Representative Glen Casada (R-63).

During the town hall meeting, Valentine conducted a question-and-answer session with Susan Tully, the National Field Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. At one point, Tully described how Border Patrol agents repeatedly would apprehend certain Latino immigrants, returning them to Mexico each time only to later detain them again. Tully claimed that a Border Patrol agent in Laredo, Texas, told her that they would sometimes apprehend the same individual as many as seven times.

Tully then said she asked the agent, ‘What do you do on the eighth time?”

Valentine interjected, “Shoot him!”

Tully laughed, and the crowd cheered.

Continue reading this article at Media Matters For America.

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