Laine Lawless is thrilled to death organizing against immigrants. As a leader of Border Guardians--an organization which has recently been grabbing headlines with members' festive burning of the Mexican flag--she's been inviting people down to her Arizona ranch to stand against the "invading hordes." Lawless is a former Minutemen who started her own group, she says, to keep tabs on what she calls "the open border lobby."
Lawless recently told KVOA in Tuscon, "“They (undocumented immigrants) have no right to protest. They have no right at all. They have the right to be deported.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama reported earlier this month it has an e-mail (see below) proving that Laine Lawless is trying to promote violence against illegal immigrants.
She says the e-mail is a fake.
You be the judge.
The following article and related e-mail comes from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Border Guardians leader calls for violence
By Susy Buchanan and David Holthouse
A prominent anti-immigration leader has secretly urged the nation’s largest neo-Nazi group to launch a campaign of violence and harassment against undocumented workers in the United States.
Laine Lawless, who started a group called Border Guardians last year, sent an April 3 e-mail to Mark Martin, "SS commander" of the Western Ohio unit of the National Socialist Movement, which has 59 chapters in 30 states. It was titled, "How to GET RID OF THEM!"
The e-mail from Lawless, who was also an original member of Chris Simcox’s vigilante militia before it morphed into the Minuteman Project in early 2005, detailed 11 suggestions for ways to harass and terrorize undocumented immigrants, including robbery and "beating up illegals" as they leave their workplace.
"Maybe some of your warriors for the race would be the kind of people willing to implement some of these ideas," Lawless wrote. "I’m not ready to come out on this. ... Please don’t use my name. THANKS."
At the request of Lawless, who declined to respond to questions from the Intelligence Report, Martin posted her suggestions to a number of neo-Nazi bulletin boards. Those suggestions included:
"Steal the money from any illegal walking into a bank or check cashing place."
"Make every illegal alien feel the heat of being a person without status. ... I hear the rednecks in the South are beating up illegals as the textile mills have closed. Use your imagination."
"Discourage Spanish-speaking children from going to school. Be creative."
"Create an anonymous propaganda campaign warning that any further illegal immigrants will be shot, maimed or seriously messed-up upon crossing the border. This should be fairly easy to do, considering the hysteria of the Spanish language press, and how they view the Minutemen as ‘racists & vigilantes.’"
The Report contacted Lawless for comment, sending her copies of her own e-mails that included their original headers, as she requested. But after receiving the copies, Lawless refused to talk.
Lawless, the former high priestess of Sisterhood of the Moon, a lesbian pagan organization, has been heavily involved in anti-immigration extremism since 2004, when she joined Simcox's Civil Homeland Defense outfit, as it was then called. That same year, she invited militia members to her private ranch in Cochise County, Ariz. "I coordinate with Chris [Simcox], so anyone who wants to come is welcome," she wrote in a post to an online user group, "Border War" which was reposted on sites such as "A Well Regulated Militia."
Lawless was featured in numerous media reports on the first Minuteman Project campaign in April 2005, and has patrolled side-by-side with Minuteman vice-president Carmen Mercer. Lawless also traveled to Texas to join the Texas Minutemen in October, when she was quoted in The Austin Chronicle saying she gets an "intellectual and political orgasm" from spying on pro-immigration groups. In that interview, she accused one pro-immigration activist of inserting chants of "White Power!" into an audiotape of Minuteman rallies to discredit the movement.
This March 29 and 30, Lawless was quoted on CNN attacking a humanitarian group that leaves food and water for people crossing the Sonora Desert to illegally enter the United States.
In April, just six days after Lawless e-mailed her suggestions to neo-Nazi Mark Martin, Border Guardians made national news when Lawless and other members burned a Mexican flag in front of the Mexican Consulate in Tucson, where Lawless’ group is based. Before the flag was set aflame, Lawless held a press conference.
"As always, Border Guardians remains committed to only lawful actions to combat illegal immigration," she said. "We are committed to practice only peaceful, lawful action in defense of our country."
Her e-mail the prior week to the National Socialist Movement, however, clearly revealed a darker agenda. "There are several tactics, some legal and some not-so," she wrote. "Sabotage the things they like: entertainment, food, beer... . BRAVO to the person who cut down the Spanish language radio station towers just North of Phoenix! Now that sends a message!"
That April 3 E-mail was not the only contact between Lawless and the NSM. In that e-mail, she writes of leaving a voicemail message on the NSM’s hotline. And, in an earlier e-mail to NSM commander Martin dated March 6, she congratulated the NSM on provoking a riot in Toledo, Ohio, in October 2005. "I still think those riots were wonderful!" Lawless wrote.
The contact between Lawless and the NSM is not the first evidence to emerge of overlapping Minuteman and neo-Nazi membership. A few members of the National Alliance and Aryan Nations signed up with the original Minuteman Project in April 2005, and at least two frequent contributors to the white supremacist website Stormfront volunteered for Minuteman co-founder Jim Gilchrist’s failed Congressional campaign.
Like Lawless, Martin would not comment for this story. But he did offer this tagline when he forwarded Lawless’ suggested tactics to other neo-Nazis: "The information contained in this email is Racially and Religiously privileged and confidential. It is intended for specific Aryan recipients only."
The text of the e-mail from Border Guardians leader Laine Lawless to "SS commander" Mark Martin.
Mon, Apr 10, 2006 1:29 AM
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Subject: [Wasp] Digest Number 233
Date: Monday, April 3, 2006 5:48 PM
Conversation: [Wasp] Digest Number 233
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2006 14:41:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: Frank Furter
Subject: Fwd: How to GET RID OF THEM!
From: laine lawless
Subject: How to GET RID OF THEM!
To: Frank Furter
Would you do me a favor and send this onto your lists?
I'm not ready to come out on this, but I think my
ideas are good and should be shared. I posted this on
a small list on yahoo called remove illegals, but
that's as far as it's gone. Maybe some of your
warriors for the race would be the kind of ppl willing
to implement some of these ideas. Please don't use my
BTW, I did call your virtual number and leave a
message a few wks ago. Did you hear my message?
So far, it seems we have discussed everything but how
to GET RID OF THEM. There are several tactics, some
legal and some not-so:
1. As has been discussed, once the economic
incentives are removed, they will self-deport. In
order to do this, we need to intimidate employers into
NOT hiring them, as it seems the fedgov is doing a
lousy job of this.
2. Police departments need to be held accountable for
just giving a "get out of jail free" card to
unlicensed, uninsured drivers of unlicensed cars when
they are caught. No more sanctuary or Special Order
40. Citizens need to get together and pressure
mayors, city councils, and the police departments to
turn these people over to the CBP and ICE EVERY TIME
they are caught.
3. Make every illegal alien feel the heat of being a
fugitive and a person without proper status. I'm sure
there are many creative ways to do this. I hear the
rednecks in the South are beating up illegals as the
textile mills have closed. Use your imagination...
4. Sabotage the things that they like: entertainment,
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food, beer, overpopulation, wife-beating, drunk
driving, treating American women with disrespect, etc.
Put them in their place. BRAVO to the person who cut
down the Spanish language radio station towers just
North of Phoenix! Now that sends a message!
5. Do the best you can to scare the bejeezuz out of
them if you encounter them crossing the border. This
doesn't have to be harmful; some good psy-ops would
6. Send native agents provocateurs and disinfo
specialists into Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala (the
largest emigration nations) to discourage and sabotage
immigrants and their smugglers from coming to the US.
7. Deprive illegals of the smuggling money they pay.
Steal the money from any illegal walking into a bank
or check cashing place. Steal the money from the
smugglers. Expose slavery and prostitution rings run
8. Create an anonymous propaganda campaign warning
that any further illegal immigrants coming here will
be shot, maimed, or seriously messed-up upon crossing
the border. This should be fairly easy to do,
considering the hysteria of the Spanish language
press, and how they view the Minutemen as "racists &
vigilantes." I say, if it bleeds, it leads, and why
not work on their fears? Create a totally false news
story and circulate it on the internet about how some
illegals were killed by vigilantes after crossing the
9. Discourage Spanish-speaking school children from
going to public school. Be creative.
10. Stand in front of public voting places and ask
everyone who comes to vote if they speak English.
11. Lobby Congress or your local state legislature to
drop all ESL and classes conducted only in Spanish.
OK now, let's get going!
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