Rusty Childress' Anti-Immigrant "Remember 1986" Coalition Tries to Like Non-Whites for a Day
That moniker is a reference to the Reagan Amnesty, which ended up legalizing nearly 3 million persons. One of the few good things Ronnie Reagan did while prez.
Did the country do a tailspin because close to 3 million people were legalized? Nope. Life kept chugging along like it always does. The Earth didn't open up and swallow the nation. No raining frogs or blood boiling in the street.
Instead, 3 million people came out of the shadows and eventually were granted the necessary papers to work and live without fear, either a green card or a visa for temporary work.
Childress, declaring his undying love for Sheriff Joe...
For anti-immigrant clods like Childress, though, 1986 was annus horribilis, because a lot of non-white people were allowed to become permanent residents, and eventually, citizens.
And if 1986 was bad for the haters, you better believe 2013 could be a lot worse in their eyes, as some 12 million brown folk could be legalized if there's comprehensive immigration reform.
Which is why Childress is back in business. Of course, he had to drop the name of his former group United for a Sovereign America, as it had been repeatedly linked to racists and neo-Nazis. Kid-killer J.T. Ready and old-time Stormtrooper Elton Hall being two of the latter.
But as I noted in a recent blog, Remember 1986 is beginning to have some of the same problems U.S.A. had. Its events draw enraged extremists, minutemen who like to hunt Mexicans in the desert, and, apparently, the occasional neo-Nazi.
An excellent tutorial on BALA, FAIR and the so-called "Tanton network," by the pro-immigration group Cuentame
Enter the We Are America Tour, an event at the Arizona Capitol on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., that Remember 1986 is co-sponsoring along with the Black American Leadership Alliance, an offspring of the national nativist group Federation for American Immigration Reform.
BALA and the We Are America Tour are part of a longstanding effort by FAIR and other groups in its orbit to appeal to African-Americans and, sometimes, even "progressives" and environmentalists.