Yesterday, Glenn Beck warned his Fox News viewers that the “left is lining up” against tea party activists as “radicals in today’s administration” align themselves with “crazy groups” that help assemble the opposition. During his rant, Beck named National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, and then immediately went on to identify MS-13, one of the world’s most violent criminal gangs which originated in Los Angeles and has spread to Central America, as belonging to the same general classification of groups:
The left is lining up against you. Remember, the radicals in today’s administration — the radicals — have connections to everybody. And who is assembling? [...]
La Raza — which if you want to talk about a racist statement — if I called an organization “the race” — wow, that’s…Anyway, La Raza supports drivers licenses for illegal aliens — not for that. They oppose any cooperation between local law enforcement and federal authorities, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement and enforcing U.S. immigration laws. Why wouldn’t you want them working together?
Then you have MS-13 — this is a blood-thirsty, this a notoriously violent gang who has often left behind dismembered corpses, decapitated heads. It’s bad. [...]
Beck goes on to explain why NCLR and MS-13 should be lumped into the same category of “crazy groups.” Beck brings up the fact that Justice Sonia Sotomayor is a member of NCLR and that President Obama spoke at one of their events in 2008. He then infers that Attorney General Eric Holder must be connected to MS-13 because he directed prosecutors not to seek the death penalty against three El Salvadoran men with ties to the “decapitation gang” who were being tried on charges that, although shameful, did not involve anything close to decapitation.
While MS-13 is in fact a gruesome, violent gang, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a mission to “strengthen this great nation by promoting the advancement of Latino families.” NCLR believes that “all immigration to the U.S. should be safe and legal” and explains that “la raza” also means “the people” or “community.” Their position against the depudization of immigration law has been justified by research showing that it leads to racial profiling, discrimination, and other civil rights abuses. NCLR has featured a variety of speakers from both sides of the aisle at their events including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), then Gov. George Bush (R-TX), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and Representatives Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL).
Given that Beck has gone as far as to say he likes immigrants more than Americans because they love and appreciate this country, it seems odd that he would slam a group that aims to “create opportunities and open the door to the American Dream for Latino and other families.” In an interview with Sarah Palin, Beck argued that the U.S. should “make the door wider and make it easier to bring people in.” Back in March, Beck stated, “if we don’t have immigrants who love this country, we’re gonna run out of people who love this country.” If anything, Beck’s immigration platform is more radical than NCLR’s, which advocates for “reasonable enforcement with reduction in family immigration backlogs, a legal path for future immigrant workers, and a path to citizenship for those living and working in the U.S.”
Beck also names the Center for American Progress as one of the organizations that Obama administration “radicals” associate with.