Well, this is rich.
A new ad from the anti-immigrant group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) invokes the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr–right in time for MLK Day–by once again trying to blame black unemployment on immigrants.
It’s a tactic that opponents of immigration reform have tried many times before, holding Congressional hearings and organizing rallies to push that precise point, despite groups like the NAACP being key supporters of immigration reform.
Such a message, from a group like CAPS, should be taken with a huge grain of salt, considering that CAPS is tied to John Tanton–a white supremacist–and his network of anti-immigrant nativist groups. In 2011, a Senior Writing Fellow at CAPS published an article defending murderer Shawna Forde, a Minuteman leader who was convicted of killing a 9-year-old girl and her family. Right Wing Watch further notes that CAPS:
just this fall hired a founding member of the new-Confederate group League of the South. CAPS spokesman Joe Guzzardi, who announced in a press release that political leaders have “lost sight of Dr. King’s dream” has written dozens of blog posts for the white nationalist website VDARE .
Despite that history, CAPS and the Tanton network are apparently continuing their efforts to try and pit immigrants and minorities against each other. View their new ad below: