March 29, 2017

How the Georgia state Senate restricted what information will be shared on released criminal aliens in HB 452 – twice, so far. LINKED TWO-MINUTE AUDIO OF SENATOR BILL COWSERT IN THE WELL

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Question of the 2017 session: Why is the the Republican state senate so determined to restrict and limit information sent to the public and Georgia sheriffs from ICE and GBI on criminal aliens released into Georgia?  

The EID/LENS program sends information on criminal aliens released by ICE to GBI. That data includes felonies and misdomeanors:

From the DHS on EID/LENS system:


“This EID PIA Update addresses plans to further expand domestic law enforcement information sharing by notifying domestic law enforcement agencies when aliens convicted of certain violent or serious crimes, including felonies and misdemeanors, are released from ICE custody.”


* HB 452: THIS IS WHAT CAME OUT OF THE HOUSE MARCH 3 (Shares all info from EID/LENS)

To the extent permitted by federal law, the bureau shall post on its public website the

14 information of persons who are aliens and who have been released from federal custody

15 within the boundaries of this state, as such information is presented within the Law

16 Enforcement Notification System of the Enforcement Integrated Database of the United

17 States Department of Homeland Security or the National Law Enforcement

18 Telecommunications System as received by the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis

19 Center within the bureau or any replacement agency. Within 12 hours of receiving such

20 information, the bureau shall post such information as required by this Code section and

21 electronically send a copy of such information to the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association. The

22 bureau shall promulgate rules and regulations for the implementation of this Code section.”

* THIS IS WHAT SENATORS TYLER HARPER AND JOHN ALBERS CHANGED IT TO IN SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (restricts information that will be passed on from GBI to only “violent or serious crimes” line 15) :

13 To the extent permitted by federal law, the bureau shall post on its public website the

14 information of persons who are aliens and who have been released from federal custody

15 within the boundaries of this state and have committed violent or serious crimes, as such

16 information is presented within the Law Enforcement Notification System of the

17 Enforcement Integrated Database of the United States Department of Homeland Security

18 or the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System as received by the Georgia

19 Information Sharing and Analysis Center within the bureau or any replacement agency.

20 Within 12 hours of receiving such information, the bureau shall post such information as

21 required by this Code section and electronically send a copy of such information to the

22 Georgia Sheriffs’ Association. The bureau shall promulgate rules and regulations for the

23 implementation of this Code section.”

* THIS IS WHAT SENATOR BILL COWSERT CHANGED IT TO WHILE SAYING HE WAS NOT CHANGING (“IMPACT”) IT IN THE WELL – (changes restriction on shared information to “after having committed a felony line 21) Cowsert audio HERE. <–

19 To the extent permitted by federal law, the bureau shall post on its public website the

20 information of persons who are aliens and who have been released from federal custody

21 within the boundaries of this state after having committed a felony, as such information is

22 presented within the Law Enforcement Notification System of the Enforcement Integrated

23 Database of the United States Department of Homeland Security or the National Law

24 Enforcement Telecommunications System as received by the Georgia Information Sharing

25 and Analysis Center within the bureau or any replacement agency. Within 12 hours of

26 receiving such information, the bureau shall post such information as required by this Code

27 section and electronically send a copy of such information to the Georgia Sheriffs’

28 Association. The bureau shall promulgate rules and regulations for the implementation of

29 this Code section.”

Georgia state Senator Bill Cowsert presents Amendment 1 to HB 452 from the well on Day 38, 2017

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Audio of Senate majority Leader Bill Cowsert explaining his addition of language from SB 1 to the one-pager, HB 452 on Friday, Day 38.

Note; This can be confusing, as Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, President of the Senate introduces “amendment 1A, then calls up Senator Bill Cowsert, Majority Leader to the Well, who presents what is Amendment 1. Cowsert speaks for about two minutes to explain Amendment 1. Not Amendment 1A.

At the end of his less than two minute presentation, Cowsert can be heard assuring the senate and any viewer at home that his amendment does not effect the language of the original bill – HB 452. Cowsert: “doesn’t impact the other portions of the bill…”

Which turns out to be not true. The language was in fact changed.

Let’s all think of another way to say what somebody says is not true…




March 27, 2017

D.A. King on Insider Advantage Georgia today – Update on HB 452: Petrea’s criminal alien information sharing bill hijacked

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Insider Advantage Georgia

March 27, 2017

D.A. King

Petrea’s criminal alien information sharing bill hijacked

Despite at least one inaccurate and breathless headline from the AJC and slanted coverage in other media reports, Rep Jesse Petrea’s House Bill 452 should have been a quick and easy pass for the state Senate. But with only two days of the current session remaining, final passage is up in the air.

This reluctant denizen of the Gold Dome has battled the corporate-funded anti-borders lobbyists for years and knew there would be resistance to Petrea’s bill. But it came as somewhat of a surprise when some Senate Republicans moved to weaken the language.

A review and some educated observations:

As it breezed through the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee with a bipartisan, unanimous “do pass” recommendation from the 14 members present, Petrea’s one-pager said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation must share with Georgia sheriffs’ and the general public information it has been receiving for at least 18 months on criminal aliens released by the feds onto Georgia streets.

According to the latest figures given to congress by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), in 2015 ICE freed 19,723 criminal aliens, with a total of 64,197 convictions among them. These included 8,234 violent convictions and 208 homicide convictions.

The bill language was constructed so that GBI would share all of the information offered by ICE under the EID/LENS system.

Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren personally testified in the House sub-committee process in hearty support of the bill. He also expressed some surprise that his office was not made aware of the existence of the information before the legislative process began. Gwinnett County Sheriff, Butch Conway sent a deputy to convey his support. The GBI made it clear that there were no problems or prohibitive added expenses to the data sharing.

HB 452 then passed the House with a 144-26 vote on March 3rd.

But when it reached the Senate Public Safety Committee, the bill ran into problems with language added by legislators who did not appear to understand the bill and who clearly lack any basic knowledge of the illegal immigration crisis.

The amendment restricts the information shared by GBI. It was formally offered by Vice-Chairman Senator John Albers, but anyone who watched the committee process – or views the citizen-captured video (45:48) – can see that it was Chairman Tyler Harper who initiated the change that weakened the bill.

The Harper-Albers amendment says that GBI should only pass on data to sheriffs and the public concerning the release of criminal aliens released by the feds in Georgia who have “committed violent or serious crimes.” The language was added with no definition of “serious.”

The Center for Immigration Studies reported on the information given to Congress by ICE on the criminal aliens released in 2015. We invite readers – including state senators – to peruse the list of crimes associated with the released aliens in the CIS report and to decide which of them are, or are not, “serious.”

With (accurate) coverage at National Review and Breitbart and here at IAG, HB 452 has gained statewide and national attention and the outcome of the bill will reflect the power of the anti-enforcement, far-left in the Republican senate.

On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert hijacked Petrea’s amended bill on the Senate floor with the addition of modified language from leadership’s SB 1 that foundered in the House committee process. To get to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk, the now voluminous floor substitute must go back to the Senate Rules Committee, the Senate floor and then to the House for a vote on “agree or disagree.” And all of this must happen before Thursday at midnight.

Somewhere along the line the Harper-Albers language that watered down a well-written and wise piece of public safety legislation should be removed.

We have at least one conclusion and recommendation of our own. In a state with more illegal aliens than Arizona, candidates for election to Georgia’s legislature should be carefully vetted for basic knowledge on illegal immigration— and on re-writing legislation.

D.A. King is president of the Dustin Inman Society.

Georgia state Senator Greg Kirk looks forward to our next meeting…

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State Senator Greg Kirk has tweeted to me that he looks forward to our next meeting.


March 26, 2017

Criminal aliens – HB 452 opposition in the Gold Dome hearings

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National Review featured HB 452 HERE.

Below are some of the opponents and what they told Georgia legislators about the bill.


American Immigration Lawyers Association:  Says: The federal government continues to monitor these aliens after release and that they are not returned to their home countries because they may be exposed to torture; worried that the bill could expose aliens who are working as informants; did not like the term “violent criminal alien” because they have already been punished.

Anti-enforcement GALEO intern witness Gisella Arriola told the committee that said immigrants do not feel safe.

Latin American Association lobbyist David Schaefer:  the bill may not be understood by immigrant communities and could depress the reporting of crimes in immigrant communities. Sharing information on criminal aliens – including murderers could make Georgia less safe.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice said this would lead to aliens and their families being targeted.

Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) lobbyist was concerned that kidnapping was a violent offense that could cause information to be shared. Dis not appreciate that concerned that the legal term “alien” includes legal aliens.

Somali American Community Center said the law would be misused.

March 21, 2017

I enjoyed speaking to the Catoosa and Walker County Republican Conventions Saturday!

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Thanks to Denise Burns and Nancy Burton! Great Americans and great groups!

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D.A. King in the Dalton Daily Citizen: Enforcement Works

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Dalton Daily Citizen
March 21, 2017

Enforcement Works

News stories from all over the nation are now focused on the fact that President Trump’s immigration enforcement is causing problems for illegal victims of borders. It is music to the ears of the pro-enforcement American majority to know that “undocumented workers” are “selling off their cars and homes and preparing to return to their native countries,” as the Atlanta newspaper has recently reported. After eight years of the Obama administration’s fake news of “record deportations,” we see real distress in the illegal alien community. Which is exactly the purpose of President Trump’s enforcement policy.

The ridiculous straw man argument that “it is impossible to deport 11-20 million illegals” is now meeting reality. Fear of the law results in many illegals migrating out of the U.S. on their own. When this happens in concert with a reduction in legal immigration and an “America first” switch to highly skilled immigrants, lower immigration numbers, secure borders and a system in place that monitors the on-time departure of temporary visa holders, we will see a long overdue return to immigration sanity. According to the Department of Homeland Security, Georgia has more illegal aliens than Arizona.

After being appointed by President Clinton to study and recommend remedies for the illegal immigration crisis in the mid-1990s, the late U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan told Congress “unless this country does a better job in curbing illegal immigration, we risk irreparably undermining our commitment to legal immigration.”

Our Georgia-based and nationally noted, pro-enforcement immigration watchdog group, the Dustin Inman Society, was formed in 2005 and named for a forever-16-year-old Woodstock youth who was killed by an illegal alien in 2000. We have been advancing the “Jordan Doctrine” from here for nearly 15 years and happily note that Donald Trump and the liberal media are validating our work. Jordan, an African-American Democrat, also told Congress that “deportation is crucial.” We agree and we urge state legislators to heed the president’s courage and to have the same tenacity on illegal immigration. Because enforcement works.

D.A. King

The Dustin Inman Society

Marietta HERE

March 20, 2017

30 Countries Are Refusing To Take Back Illegal Immigrants Convicted Of Serious Crimes

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Daily Caller

March 18, 2017

Russ Read

30 Countries Are Refusing To Take Back Illegal Immigrants Convicted Of Serious Crimes

Daily Caller



Approximately 30 countries are refusing to accept the deportations of illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes in the U.S., according to Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar.

While these countries are refusing to accept the deportations of these criminals, the U.S. government is still issuing visas and student visas to citizens of those countries, according to the Texan congressman. There is already a law on the books which allows the U.S. to hold visas from a country that is not taking back its criminals, but according to Cuellar, the U.S. is not enforcing it.

“We’re not enforcing it, which is amazing. So now my intent is to go back to our committee on appropriations and affect their funding until they do that,” Cuellar told Sharyl Attkisson, host of Full Measure, in an interview.

Cuellar, a Democratic member of the House Committee on Appropriations, told Attkisson that the Supreme Court has ruled that illegal immigrants arrested for criminal activity can only be held for a certain period of time before they must be released.

“That means you’re releasing criminals into our streets because those countries refuse to take back those criminal aliens,” said Cuellar. “That’s wrong. And especially I think it’s even worse that this is already on the books, and we’re still issuing business tourist visas and student visas to countries that refuse to take back their criminal aliens. That’s wrong, and we’re hoping to change that.”

Cuellar has not been afraid to break with some of his party leadership on immigration issues in the past. He was known as one of former President Barack Obama’s fiercest critics on illegal immigration. Cuellar teamed up with Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn in 2014 to help pass a bill that would speed up the deportation of unaccompanied minors. His stance disappointed his fellow Democrats, including Sen. Harry Reid.

There are many foreign countries that refuse to retake illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, according to the congressman, including Vietnam, Cuba and China. Cuellar said that diplomacy plays a factor in the government’s refusal to enforce the law, as the Department of State and other federal agencies do not want to upset foreign partners.


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But, for Cuellar, diplomacy is no excuse to put American lives in danger.
“But my response is, but we can upset our constituents, we can upset our way of life that we have here by allowing those criminals to be released?” said Cuellar. “And basically the response from the State Department is because you have to work with the State Department and Homeland Security. And the State Department, with all due respect, was focused on diplomacy.”

Cuellar noted that he understands the importance of diplomacy in these situations, but that it also important to prevent convicted criminals from returning to American neighborhoods. He told Attkisson that he plans to push for the U.S. government to withhold visas from countries that refuse to take back their convicted criminals.

Read more:

Washington Post on the natural laws of supply and demand: “More returnees means lower wages for everybody in blue-collar industries such as construction and automobile manufacturing, where competition for jobs is likely to increase, economists say”

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“More returnees means lower wages for everybody in blue-collar industries such as construction and automobile manufacturing, where competition for jobs is likely to increase, economists say.”

“Moreover, the loss of remittances from the United States — Mexico’s second-largest source of revenue at roughly $25 billion last year — could have devastating effects, particularly in rural areas.”


Washington Post.

March 3, 2017

After decades in America, the newly deported return to a Mexico they barely recognize

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By Antonio Olivo

March 3

MEXICO CITY — The deportees stepped off their flight from El Paso looking bewildered — 135 men who had left families and jobs behind after being swept up in the Trump administration’s mounting effort to send millions of undocumented immigrants back to their economically fraught homeland.

As they filed into Mexico City International Airport recently, government employees handed them free ham-and-cheese sandwiches, Mexican ID cards and information directing them to social services in the capital.

“Welcome back!” a cheerful government worker called out, taking down names and phone numbers.

Then the men, who had spent as many as 20 years in the United States before being caught and held in detention for several weeks, walked out into a Mexico many of them barely remember, where job opportunities are scarce and worries about the worst inflation in a decade await them.

In the wake of new enforcement policies announced by the Trump administration recently that dramatically expand the pool of undocumented immigrants targeted for deportation, Mexico is bracing for an influx of men and women like them. Their arrival — along with a surge of undocumented immigrants leaving the United States voluntarily — promises to transform Mexican society in the same way their departure did.

José Armando López García sits in the small Mexico City home he shares with his 92-year-old mother. López was deported last year after being caught using a fake driver’s licence. He lived in the United States for 27 years and left his wife and five children behind in Las Vegas.

Since President Trump took office in January, the number of U.S. government flights landing in Mexico City loaded with deportees has jumped from two a week under President Barack Obama to three, Mexican officials said. The arrivals include convicted felons but also many without criminal records.

The numbers of immigrants deported from the United States waned in the final years of the Obama administration, which took steps to focus enforcement on hardened criminals and recent arrivals.

Trump, who made immigration enforcement a centerpiece of his campaign, has been clear that he views illegal immigrants as potential security threats and competitors to Americans for jobs. Last week, he told journalists at a private lunch that he might be open to a comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes a path to legal status for those who had not committed crimes.

But Trump did not mention such a plan in his remarks to a joint session of Congress, emphasizing his deportation initiatives instead.


About 500 deported Mexicans, including some who had been picked up when Obama was in office, are arriving here daily.

“Many of these people come not knowing how to speak Spanish,” said Amalia García, secretary of Mexico City’s labor department, which serves as a point of contact for the deportees. “They come feeling very bitter, very ashamed and very hurt.”

More returnees means lower wages for everybody in blue-collar industries such as construction and automobile manufacturing, where competition for jobs is likely to increase, economists say.

The Trump administration on Feb. 21 issued guidelines strengthening enforcement against illegal immigration but insisted that it isn’t seeking “mass deportations.” (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post)
Moreover, the loss of remittances from the United States — Mexico’s second-largest source of revenue at roughly $25 billion last year — could have devastating effects, particularly in rural areas.

At the same time, though, there will be more English-speaking Mexicans entering the workforce who’ve honed their skills in the United States, a development that in the long run could position Mexico to be a stronger player in the global economy, analysts say.

“A lot of these people ran businesses in the U.S. and did well,” said Andrew Selee, vice president of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. “In the same way that in the United States we saw a wave of Mexicans who became part of the American culture and changed it, we’re now seeing a wave of Mexicans moving back who are integrating American culture into Mexico.”

[Trump’s fight against Made-in-Mexico could carry price on both sides of border]

The Mexican government hopes to tap into that potential — and to diminish the likelihood that deportees will try their luck again across the U.S.-Mexico border, where the Trump administration plans to build a wall.

A federal program launched in 2014, called Somos Mexicanos (We’re Mexican), tries to help returning migrants find jobs, start businesses and deal with the emotional trauma many experience after leaving families in the United States.

Under the program, arriving deportees receive food, a medical checkup and bus fare to wherever they plan to live in Mexico. Local case managers then connect them to social services and job leads and, in some cases, help with moving their families back.

“The first thing that many have in mind is: ‘I want a job,’ ” said Gabriela García Acoltzi, director of the Somos Mexicanos program. “We help them identify other areas where they need assistance.”

But the government’s ability to provide such services to the tens of thousands of returning migrants expected in the coming years is uncertain.

The value of the Mexican peso plunged after Trump took office, prompting worries about the worst inflation in the country since the 2008 global recession. Those fears have heightened as the possibility looms of a trade war with the United States that would affect $1.5 billion in daily cross-border commerce.

[With NAFTA in Trump’s crosshairs, Mexico’s border factories brace for the unknown]

Meanwhile, prices for tortillas, meat and other necessities have gone up in response to the federal government’s 20 percent hike in gasoline prices last month, hitting poorer Mexicans especially hard.

In dispensing government resources to the returnees, García cautioned, “the important thing is to be flexible in what they’re requiring.”

At the Mexico City airport, many passengers arrived in the same rumpled clothes they were wearing when U.S. immigration authorities grabbed them. Some wore gray detention center pants after serving time in jail.

Not liking their chances here, several of the men made a beeline toward a nearby bus terminal to find a way back to the border.

“The situation here doesn’t look good,” said Luis Enrique Castillo, 47, adding that he planned to return to his wife, four children and two grandchildren in Chicago, where he lived for 20 years.

Castillo said he was arrested when U.S. immigration officials knocked on his door looking for one of his sons, who had been scheduled for deportation. They didn’t find his son and, after checking his ID, picked him up instead.

José Armando López García, 50, is trying to make a life in Mexico after being deported about a year ago. He left a wife and five children in Las Vegas after a routine traffic stop revealed he was using a fake driver’s license.

López, a professional carpenter, received a $1,260 government grant through the Somos Mexicanos program that allowed him to start a contracting company out of the home he shares near the airport with his 92-year-old mother.

The money he makes is barely enough to live on, López said. And his depression deepens when he sees other children, who remind him of his own.

“I can’t imagine them living here,” López said, tears streaming down his cheeks. “There’s too much insecurity, and I don’t know how it would work with the schools.”

Jill Anderson, director of Otros Dreams en Acción (Other Dreams in Action), an advocacy group for former undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United States, said many returning students face problems being admitted to Mexican public schools.

The system for transferring U.S. school credits into Mexican schools is rife with red tape, requiring translated transcripts and other proof, which can take more than a year, Anderson said.

Her group has backed legislation to speed up the process, which President Enrique Peña Nieto recently endorsed. But Anderson also noted the resistance here to doing too much to accommodate a population of returning compatriots who rub many the wrong way with their English and their more aggressive American manner.

“It really interrupts the economic and social norms of Mexico,” she said. “They speak English, and they’re asking for access to higher education and to employment in ways that their parents were not able to.”

When José Manuel Torres, 23, followed his deported father back from Georgia about five years ago, he was denied admission to Mexico City’s public university system because he lacked proof of graduating from his middle school outside Atlanta — despite having his high school diploma.

“I told them, ‘Dude, if I finished high school, isn’t it common sense that I went through middle school?’ ” said Torres, speaking in English with a Southern twang. “They said, ‘Yes, but this is the process.’ ”

Torres was hired by an international call center in Mexico City — a growing industry filled with younger English-speaking Mexicans who, as their parents did in the United States, tend to socialize in isolated communities where they resist speaking the language of their new home.

He left that job, though, and, through a family connection, found another job as a school orchestra stage manager at the public National Autonomous University of Mexico. This has allowed him to take classes in software engineering, his real interest.

“This place really beats you up,” Torres said about Mexico. “There are so many circumstances here that constantly keep hitting you, pulling you down, and you’ve got to keep driving through it, grinding and pulling.”

It’s that spirit — forged for many returning Mexicans during years of living illegally in the United States — that may ultimately benefit Mexico, said economist Luis de la Calle.

De la Calle predicted that, in the short term, average wages will drop as more qualified people enter the country to compete for scarce jobs. But the overall economy is likely to expand in the long run when those people start to succeed, he said.

“We suffered a cost as a nation by sending those hard workers to the U.S., in the sense that we lost a lot of talent,” de la Calle said. “When they come back to Mexico and they are properly trained, they will make more than a proportional contribution to Mexico.”


Gabriela Martinez in Mexico City and David Nakamura in Washington contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the National Autonomous University of Mexico as private. It is a public institution.  HERE

The Hate Group That Incited the Middlebury Melee (it’s the hucksters at the SPLC)

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SPLC “Poverty Palace” in Montgomery, Alabama circa 2006

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The Hate Group That Incited the Middlebury Melee
By Carl M. Cannon
RCP Staff

March 19, 2017

Under different circumstances, Alabama civil rights lawyer Morris S. Dees and American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray might have been colleagues, even pals. Instead, Murray found himself in a near-riot at Middlebury College after accepting a speaking invitation from Republican students at the Vermont school. Students and faculty galvanized by Dees’ political organization barred Murray from speaking. They shouted him down, chanted their own manifesto, and pulled fire alarms to prevent him from being heard.

Morris Dees – The Weekly Standard

When Murray and Middlebury professor Allison Stanger tried to leave the building, they were followed by protesters who accosted them physically. The professor was grabbed by the hair and her neck twisted—she was fitted with a neck brace at a hospital—and their car rocked in a way that alarmed local authorities.

It was another victory for opponents of free speech, and if that seems like an incongruous scalp for a civil rights lawyer to wear, well, our politics are pretty odd these days.

Charles Murray is a political scientist with a doctorate degree from M.I.T. The American Enterprise Institute is a Washington-based think tank devoted to “defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world.” Its scholars believe these goals can be attained by promoting democracy and strengthening the free enterprise system in the U.S. and around the globe.

Morris Dees is a born salesman who was a committed capitalist before he entered elementary school. “When I was 5, I bought a pig for a dollar. I fattened it up and sold it for $12,” he once told People magazine. “I always had a feel for making money.”

When his mother sent him a fruitcake his freshman year in Tuscaloosa, Morris and classmate Millard Fuller wrote other students’ parents offering to deliver freshly baked birthday cakes. Soon they were selling 350 cakes per month. By the time they left law school, they were making $50,000 a year—$400,000 in today’s dollars.

After graduation, Dees and Fuller hung out a shingle and practiced law. But the real money came from their mail order business, peddling everything from cookbooks to tractor cushions. In 1969, Dees sold the direct-mail firm to the Times Mirror Co. for $6 million. By then, Fuller had cashed out, given away his money, and with his wife gone to live a Christian life building homes for the poor—efforts culminating in the creation of Habitat for Humanity.

Dees also started a nonprofit, which he named the Southern Poverty Law Center. But he gave up neither the high life nor the direct-mail business. He lives in luxury with his fifth wife and still runs the SPLC, which has used the mail-order model to amass a fortune. Its product line is an unusual one: For the past 47 years, Morris Dees has been selling fear and hate.

The business model is simple, albeit cynical, and best illustrated by its most famous case. In 1987, a Dees-led legal team won a $7 million judgment against the Ku Klux Klan in a wrongful death suit on behalf of Beulah Mae Donald, the mother of a 19-year-old kid murdered by members of the racist group. But the defendants’ total assets amounted to a building worth $52,000. That’s how much Mrs. Donald, who died the following year, received. But Dees reaped $9 million for the SPLC from fundraising solicitations about the case, including one showing a grisly photo of Michael Donald’s corpse.

Today, the center boasts a treasury of more than $300 million, the richest civil rights group in the country.

But with the Ku Klux Klan literally out of business, how was the SPLC able to frighten people into still donating? That’s where the AEI’s Charles Murray reenters our story, along with many other mainstream conservative groups. Scaring the bejesus out of people requires new bogeymen, and lots of them.

In recent years, you can find yourself on the SPLC’s “hate map” if you haven’t gotten fully aboard on gay marriage — or the Democratic Party’s immigration views. In other words, the Dees’ group classifies individuals and organizations as purveyors of “hate” for holding the same view on marriage espoused by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton until mid-2012.

Such labeling has consequences, which became clear in August 2012 when a gay rights activist named Floyd Lee Corkins entered the lobby of the Family Research Council armed with a 9mm handgun and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. The gun was for killing as many Christians as he could, although he only managed to wound a guard. The sandwiches? He was going to rub them in the faces of his murder victims. Corkins had heard that a Chick-fil-A executive express opposition to gay marriage. Why the Family Research Council? He told police that the Southern Poverty Law Center had labeled it “a hate group.”

This episode prompted the FBI to drop the SPLC as a resource for hate crime cases. It prompted no such soul searching in academia. Before Charles Murray’s abortive visit to Vermont, several hundred Middlebury alums signed a letter opposing his visit. They and the numerous professors and students who protested all cited the SPLC as their sole source for various slanders against Murray: He’s a racist; he favors eugenics; he’s a “white supremacist.”

Murry’s original sin is “The Bell Curve,” a book Murray co-authored more than two decades ago postulating a correlation between poverty and IQ. But it never advocated “eugenics.” Nor is he anti-gay: He’s argued in favor of gay marriage to Republican groups.

The “white supremacist” stuff is especially offensive: Murray, whose first wife was Asian, has mixed-race children….The rest HERE

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief for RealClearPolitics. Reach him on Twitter @CarlCannon

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