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Ariz. killings highlight risk of fringe activists

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by poncho, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. poncho

    poncho Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2004
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    PHOENIX – The tagline on Shawna Forde's anti-illegal immigration Web site says her group was "doing the job our government won't do." They wanted to patrol the border, but her small band of activists needed money to do it.

    So, authorities say, Forde and two men dressed up as Border Patrol agents and broke into the southern Arizona home of a man they thought was a drug dealer, hunting for money or drugs to sell. They found neither, but killed the man and his 9-year-old daughter.

    The May 30 killings rocked an anti-illegal immigration movement that prides itself on being vocal but not violent, and added to a growing list of activists accused of using violence to advance their aims.


    The possibility that activists in the anti-illegal immigration movement would use violence did not surprise Heidi Beirich, research director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.

    "We figured for a long time that we were going to get violence out of this movement,"


    Do you get the message? Anti illegal immigration = violent extremist.