CNN posted a report that contrasted two perspectives on the hot-button issue: that of Phoenix police officer David Salgado, and that of Glenn Spencer, who heads the hate group American Border Patrol.
“No better symbol of the deep political and social divide over illegal immigration exists than here on the Mexico-U.S. border, along Glenn Spencer’s rural desert property,” CNN reported. “And no better symbol exists of the contradictions and conundrums from an unresolved government enforcement policy.”
CNN failed to note that perhaps no better example of the racist vitriol at the core of the immigration debate can be found than Spencer. He has venomously called illegal immigration an invasion and accused Mexico of orchestrating a takeover of the Southwest through a fantastic far-right theory known as “la reconquista.”
“Our country is being invaded by Mexico with hostile intentions,” Spencer said in 2001. “When it blows up, they can’t say we didn’t tell them, when the blood starts flowing on the border and in L.A. We’re [talking] about la reconquista.”
Active in anti-immigrant circles – and on the border – since 1992, Spencer is one of the most hard-core anti-immigrant ideologues. He has issued calls for the immediate roundup and deportation of all undocumented workers, and even demanded the banning of all foreign-language TV and radio broadcasts. His American Patrol website, for many years, was little more than a compilation of articles falsely suggesting Latinos were criminals. He has engaged in more than just rhetoric, too. Spencer has held high-profile nativist gatherings on his ranch some 220 miles off the border and hosted Shawna Forde, the Arizona Minuteman leader sitting on death row for her role in the slayings of 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father in 2009.
But little was made of those inconvenient facts in the CNN report, published on Wednesday. Instead, Spencer came off as a sober “retired systems engineer and businessman” bravely taking the law into his own hands with high-tech surveillance systems to monitor the border. Gone were the anti-Semitic ravings about the Jews controlling the media as part of a “clever pro-illegal alien propaganda.”