Following the proposal of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, an anti-immigration rally was organized for bigots to flaunt their racism. Imagine the surprise when racist William Gheen announced that his group ALIPAC, which has ties to white supremacists, was pulling out of the rally because of the supposed white supremacist ties of the event’s organizers.
Confusing? Yes. But Gheen had his reasons. Having been burned before, he is now very careful about the kinds of racists he allows himself to mingle with. Daniel Smeriglio, organizer of the event, apparently does not make the cut. Founder of an anti-immigrant group called Voice of the People based in Pennsylvania, Smeriglio had been associated with Steve Smith. Smith is from Keystone United, a spinoff group of Keystones State Skinheads.
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Smith as:
A co-founder of the KSS,[he] is a former Aryan Nations member and former leader of the Philadelphia chapter of National Association for the Advancement of White People, which was created by former Klan leader David Duke but is no longer associated with him.
The June rally incident marked a clear split between ALIPAC and the Tanton Network. The Tanton Network includes an array of controversial anti-immigrant groups founded or funded by white nationalist, John Tanton. But as the November elections draw near, ALIPAC once again buddies up with Tanton groups.
It was only two days ago that ALIPAC put out a national release for what is called the ‘Illegal Immigration A-Team.’ This is a list of 8 Republicans and 2 Democrats who have received an A grade from NumbersUSA for their tough stance on immigration. NumbersUSA, member of the Tanton Network, is a grass-roots organization whose director Roy Beck has admitted to speaking at a Council of Concerned Citizens [CofCC] event in 1997. CofCC is a direct descendent of the Ku Klux Klan.
Infighting in the anti immigrant movement is nothing new, and Imagine2050 has had its fun tracking and blogging about the different rifts in the movement. But William Gheen of ALIPAC seems to be in a league all by himself. On all accounts, good ol’ Bill just can’t seem to get along with anyone. Until election time at least.
A couple of months ago, ALIPAC was again involved in a rift – more like an ugly divorce – this time with another white nationalist group called VDARE. Leaders of both groups proceeded to go at each other, much like in an ugly divorce, with the whole ‘he said/she said’ scenario playing out. We can cast VDARE as the ‘she’ in this case. After all, the website was named after Virginia Dare, the alleged first white woman born on US soil.
Do not rejoice just yet. By the looks of it all, William Gheen of ALIPAC and Peter Brimelow of VDARE will surely find a way to get back into each other’s arms. After all, the presidential elections are only two years away…