On Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican independence holiday that many immigrants in America will celebrate, it seems that those who come from a culture which participate in this holiday will have to face down fear and bigotry especially in public displays of celebration. This may not be entirely new for Mexican immigrants in the southwest part of the United States, but because of SB1070, the focus on immigrants in this country has taken on a fearful and hostile nature nationwide.
Specifically, in Arizona there is a group of National Socialists (or neo-Nazis) who have handed out fliers that rebrand the holiday of Cinco de Mayo "Report an Illegal Day." It asks "recipients [of the flier] to fax or email Congress demanding that the 'border be secured.' It also seeks the aid of local businesses in an effort to verify and turn people in to the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement."
Another group, the Arizona Citizens Militia, is also rebranding the holiday "Cinco de Ammo" Day. Asking members and people sympathetic to their cause to buy up five boxes of ammo on May 5th, the group seems intent on pushing armed residents to take the law into their own hands.
This may seem like fringe activity, but there is reason to believe that the neo-Nazis may have support for their white civil rights/singling out of "Mexican" people in Arizona.
A majority may not be participating in militant activity, which whips up support for explicitly targeting people who look Mexican or may be Mexican. But, the majority of the state of Arizona has its citizens fearful of illegal immigration and convinced that illegal immigrants bear some responsibility for the drug cartels and the death of cattle ranchers in the state.
Nationally, there is a slim majority of Americans who support this law, which essentially is a law that codifies racial profiling and encourages people to "report an illegal."
Jim Gilchrist's Minuteman Project is a group that has been at the forefront of setting the agenda against illegal immigration. It is a group that organized to patrol the border and report "illegals" to law enforcement along the border so they could be caught or shot on sight.
Comments on the website are indicative of the fearful and vitriolic attitude that those passionately against "illegals" harbor. For example:
Steve: "Carlos,I understand that Illegal aliens want to come here to better their families lives but if it means us Americans have a lesser quality of life, then You have to go home.We Americans are some bad ass mother f*ckers and we will not give away our Country to a bunch of freeloaders.Carlos, a f*g is a man who likes a man.I have a wife.Why dont You Illegal Aliens go back to Mexico and make your own Country great.Or do You know how?I am certainly not going to let Illegal Aliens come to my Country and ruin it after all the wars we have fought to make it a great Country.I know that Mexicans do not understand that kind of thinking because You Loose all the few wars You have been in and You will loose this one too.Go home and do something constructive in Your own Country.We have it covered here thank You."
On videos posted on YouTube, which show parts of a boycott action outside Wrigley Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks owner on Thursday, April 29th, there is nothing but fear and outrage that one might be actually paying for "illegals" to live in this country. Such resentment reinforces support for the law in Arizona.
User orlandoko, claims that Americans paid "363 billion dollars cause of illegals last year."
Another, XazulxWolfx, writes, "We are a country and we watch after our collective asses; not the entire f*cking planets. It's as if someone broke into your house to live there and when caught said " well i'd rather legally live in a house but i cant therefore me breaking in and tresspassing is entirely justified ". It's the most retarded logic i've ever heard. There is NO LAW stating that I have to be compasionate to my fellow man; and its immoral to say that i'm required to be."
Yet another, dogncatmom, suggests in the comments section of the same video, "[illegals] are choosing to lower the American wage by sneaking across our border and damaging our economy." This user adds, "The reason Democrats made people get social security numbers for babies (something that they did not need) was so that there would be a lot of available numbers in the system for illegals to use when they got job."
And, for people like user PatriotSue, the "illegals" are an affront to core American values:
"We have lost TENS OF THOUSANDS of U.S. CITIZENS, while our brave young soldiers have died on foreign soil. We have lost MORE U.S. CITIZENS at the hands of ILLEGAL HISPANIC ALIEN, than we have lost brave soldier in both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will soon be over, but the slaughter of our people, at the hands of ILLEGAL HISPANIC ALIENS will continue, until we remove EVERY SINGLE ILLEGAL ALIEN. ILLEGAL ALIEN COMMUNITIES protect those who kill us."