Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Senate Democratic members call for cancellation of hate group presentation

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Today, Sen. Steve Gallardo and Sen. Robert Meza, the Senate Democratic members of the Border Security, Federalism and States Sovereignty Committee, sent a letter to Chairperson Sen. Sylvia Allen requesting that she cancel the scheduled March 17, 2011, presentation by Glenn Spencer.

The letter from Sen. Steve Gallardo and Sen. Robert Meza states, “As President of the American Border Patrol, Mr. Spencer represents the extreme fringe of the anti-immigration movement. Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center have documented Mr. Spencer’s openly racist and anti-Semitic actions and remarks (See attached articles).”

The letter goes on to state, “We all agree that our country needs to address illegal immigration and border security issues. However, as policy makers, in order to solve these problems we need an unbiased, reasoned analysis of the problem based on verifiable facts and information. Mr. Spencer clearly does not meet his criteria.”

The Anti-Defamation League calls the organization an anti-Hispanic hate group and includes a profile of the American Border Patrol in the report “Border Disputes: Armed Vigilantes in Arizona.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s profile on Spencer details numerous run-ins with the law including weapons violations and triggering a border security alert after crossing into Mexican airspace illegally, which required the escort of two F-16s from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

The Southern Poverty Law Center profile on Spencer is located at:
http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/profiles/glenn-spencer

The ADL Report “Border Disputes: Armed Vigilantes in Arizona” is located at:
http://www.adl.org/extremism/arizona/arizonaborder.pdf

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