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There Goes the Neighborhood: March 24, 2017


Imagine2050 Staff • Mar 24, 2017

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

This week, events in Illinois, Texas, Florida, California, Florida, and Washington, D.C.

On Saturday, March 25, activists with the anti-immigrant group Illinois Minuteman Project (IMP) will participate in a “Make America Great Again March” in Springfield, Illinois. After announcing a “reunion tour” in 2014, IMP has had little public presence. The group’s founder, Rosanna Pulido, is a former field representative for flagship anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Saturday’s event is part of a nationwide effort, similar to last month’s underwhelming “Spirit of America Rallies.”

Also, on Saturday, March 25, anti-immigrant activists in Houston, Texas are holding a “victory send-off reception” for Maria Espinoza and Tim Lyng of The Remembrance Project. Espinoza recently announced that she was establishing a presence in Washington, D.C. to further support the Trump administration’s draconian immigration policies.

Far-right radio host and anti-immigrant activist Jesse Lee Peterson will speak in Ramona, California on Saturday, March 25. Peterson is a founding member of the now-defunct anti-immigrant front group Black American Leadership Alliance. In January, he spoke alongside several known anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists at the Constitutional Coalition’s 28th annual Educational Policy Conference.

On Sunday, March 26, anti-Muslim group Citizens for National Security will host a seminar in Boca Raton, Florida. The event, titled “Israel’s Perilous Neighborhood,” will be led by Florida Atlantic University professor Dr. Robert G. Rabil. Citizens for National Security regularly collaborates with other anti-Muslim groups and figures. In November, the group hosted a presentation by Trump advisor and anti-Muslim pundit Sebastian Gorka.

On Tuesday, March 28, the anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) will host a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. Panelists include CIS research director Steven Camarota, National Review editor Reihan Salam, Boston College’s Peter Skerry, and corrupt former charter school executive Juan Rangel. They will discuss a new map CIS produced detailing the immigrant population in U.S. public schools.

Finally, on Thursday, March 30, Daniel Pipes and Gregg Roman, of the anti-Muslim Middle East Forum (MEF), will be in Chicago, Illinois for a lunch with supporters. According to an announcement form MEF, Pipes and Roman will the Trump administration’s policies and offer an “assessment of the role of Middle East immigration in forthcoming, European elections.” Pipes, one of the intellectual founders of the contemporary anti-Muslim movement, spoke in Connecticut on Wednesday.

Additional information on these events and others can be found in the map below. A red star indicates events scheduled for next week.

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