Nativism Watch

There Goes the Neighborhood: June 17, 2016

Imagine2050 Staff • Jun 17, 2016

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

This week, anti-immigrant activists speak at Tea Party meetings in Illinois and a Texas anti-immigrant group hold its monthly meeting.

Representatives from anti-immigrant group Legal Immigrants for America (LIFA) will speak at multiple events in Illinois next week . Beginning on Monday, June 20, LIFA founder Amapola Hansberger will speak in Galesburg, Illinois at a Knox County Tea Party event. Hansberger will then speak in Decatur, Illinois on Tuesday, June 21. The LIFA founder’s Illinois trip ends with stops in Huntley, Illinois and Rockford, Illinois on June 22 and June 23, respectively.

The Southern Poverty Law Center notes Hansberger and LIFA executive director Stephen Guschov have made many extremist and bigoted claims since last year. More recently, Guschov wrote a June 13 blog calling to halt Syrian refugee resettlement, ban immigration from Muslim countries, and surveil mosques.

Also this week, anti-immigrant group Texans for Immigration Reduction and Enforcement (TFIRE) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 21 in Houston, Texas. The featured speaker will be Laura Pressley, a conservative activist alleging voter fraud and so far unsuccessfully challenging an Austin City Council election she lost in 2014.

Finally, Christopher Holton will speak in Cumming, Georgia on Tuesday, June 21. Holton is Vice President for Outreach at the anti-Muslim Center for Security Policy. Earlier this year, Holton spoke with lawmakers in Kansas and Idaho. Lawmakers in both states cited Holton and CSP while defending anti-Muslim and anti-refugee measures they introduced.

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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