Nativism Watch

There Goes the Neighborhood: February 5, 2016

Imagine2050 Staff • Feb 05, 2016

There Goes the Neighborhood is a new weekly series from Imagine 2050 staff highlighting upcoming nativist events.

This week, two leading law enforcement figures on the far-right head to Texas. An anti-immigrant activist will speak in New Mexico, and the founder of the country’s largest grassroots anti-Muslim group will speak in Florida.

On Saturday, February 6, virulently anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio, of Arizona’s Maricopa County, and longtime anti-government activist Richard Mack will speak at three separate events in Harris County, Arizona. The duo will speak at two events in Houston, and another in Webster, Texas. Anti-immigrant group Texans for Immigration Reduction and Enforcement (TFIRE) will co-host one of the Houston events. The Clear Lake Tea Party will co-host the final event in Webster.

Also on February 6, the co-founder of anti-immigrant group The Remembrance Project, Maria Espinoza, will speak in Deming, New Mexico. According to The Deming Headlight, Espinoza will discuss immigration at the event sponsored by the Luna County Republican Party. Espinoza is also likely to discuss her current campaign for Congress.

On Wednesday, February 10, the Heritage Foundation will host a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. featuring Fred Fleitz, Senior Vice President of the Center for Security Policy (CSP). Noted anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney founded CSP in 1988. He and his group have been a regular presence and continue to play a role in stoking anti-Muslim sentiment on the 2016 campaign trail.

Two anti-Muslim spokespeople will also be in The Sunshine State on Thursday, February 11. Bill Warner, founder of the Center for the Study of Political Islam, will give a presentation titled “How Political Islam Has Subjugated Civilization” in Palm Beach, Florida. ACT for America Founder and President Brigitte Gabriel will provide a “terror intelligence briefing” at a church in Naples, Florida. Gabriel, who lacks any formal background or training on terrorism or national security matters, gave a similar presentation in East Anaheim, California last week.

Additional information on these events and others can be found in the map below. The events scheduled for next week are marked with red stars.

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