One anti-immigrant group has started an “Underwear for Illegals” campaign that asks Americans to send dirty underwear to undocumented immigrants and top politicians in order to stop the “new surge of illegal immigrants crossing America’s borders, enticed by promises of immigration reform amnesty.”
In a message board thread posted on Wednesday, William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), wrote that Americans should mail more than 10,000 pairs of used underwear that range anywhere from “gently used” to those in “bad shape” to President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and undocumented immigrants in detention facilities.
“Obama and Boehner have proven once and for all that their talk of passing immigration reform amnesty, instead of enforcing America’s existing border and immigration laws, only brings more unwanted and destructive illegal immigration!” said Gheen in his post. “Instead of using our tax money to buy illegals 42,000 pairs of new underwear, we would like to send the illegals and DC politicians a message by mailing them our used underwear, and some of our pairs are in really bad shape due to the bad economy and all of the jobs illegal immigrants are taking from Americans.”
Gheen’s message comes in response to a Department of Homeland Security bid solicitation to secure at least 42,000 pairs of underwear for undocumented immigrants put in detention facilities across the United States. The big clothing order comes at a time when the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is quickly replenishing necessary resources like clothing and diapers to accomodate unaccompanied children streaming across the border.
In April, the Southern Poverty Law Center changed ALIPAC’s designation as a “Nativist extremist” group to a “hate group.” David Furgson at Raw Story pointed out that Jim Gilchrist, founder of the immigration-restrictionist Minutemen Project, distanced himself from ALIPAC in 2010, saying that Gheen was “an incurable racist who limit[s] activist participation to only white persons, bigots.” Earlier this year, Gheen called on the government to treat immigrants like cancerous tumors and he also equated immigration reform to “national rape.” In previous threat posts, he called for an unarmed army of civilian volunteers to go to El Paso to “shut down” the “immigrant youth invasion.” He also wrote that immigrants are “gang raping, molesting kids, drinking, driving, killing, and joining gangs that try to feed our children cocaine and methamphetamine at the earliest age they can!”