The ornery oriole chugs brews with bikers at a fundraiser for convict Ignacio Ramos, and investigates Rusty Childress' banishment from the American Freedom Riders

According to various sources, Childress was booted from AFR last year, though as late as mid-June, he apparently was representing himself as a spokesman for the group to the Arizona Republic, and he appeared wearing an AFR T-shirt at a Cave Creek City Council meeting in June to discuss the issue of day laborers, an act that angered some AFR members.

Childress, who recently suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, did not return repeated calls for comment. AFR chief Danny Smith remained mum on the obvious rift. However, AFR member David Heppler did confirm the split and asserted that many American Freedom Riders feel resentment toward Childress for wearing their colors even though he's no longer with them.

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"There were some issues that came up with Rusty Childress on the possible hiring of [illegals] or one of his vendors having illegals working on his property," squawked Heppler, who stated that late last year some AFR members supposedly spotted non-English-speaking laborers on Childress' lot. Childress was confronted about it, and the car salesman told fellow bikers that the laborers were not his responsibility because they were the employees of vendors contracted to wash Childress' cars and perform janitorial services.

Heppler claimed this confrontation was common knowledge within the core AFR membership. Indeed, several present at the Ramos event had heard the allegations, including Michelle Dallacroce.

The Bird has obtained a curious e-mail, dated December 19, 2006, that's been circulating in nativist circles and is purportedly from Childress to the leaders of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. In the e-mail, Childress tells the group that he has not made a good-faith effort to assure that his janitorial or car-wash vendors are using authorized labor. He wonders if he might be guilty in the public eye if this was uncovered and asks FAIR leaders for a CYA strategy.

This incredulous egret found the e-mail hard to believe. Could Childress, the head of United for a Sovereign America, a persistent antagonist of those who employ illegals and a regular host of Thursday-night prejudice parties at his Kia dealership, be a huge-ass hypocrite?

Two of the addressees, Susan Tully of FAIR and Michael Hethmon of the closely affiliated Immigration Reform Law Institute, did not recall the specific e-mail, but they both admitted they knew Childress because he is a member of the voluntary FAIR Approved program, in which businesspeople pledge not to use suspect workers.

The subject of this e-mail is, according to AFR members, the primary reason for the Childress-AFR divorce.

"I think what the majority of guys just wanted was an explanation of were they illegal, were they not," peeped Heppler. But those answers were not forthcoming, and AFR-members seethed at what's been perceived by some as Rusty's betrayal of the anti-illegal movement.

Also, more than one nativist activist has bristled at Childress' new policy of doing background checks on attendees of the Thursday-night powwows at Childress Kia, a policy perhaps inspired by The Bird's previous infiltrations. In fact, Dallacroce, one of the most recognizable faces of the anti-illegal crusade, was recently kicked out of one of the Kia meet-ups because she refused to agree to a vetting.

"I was dismissed from the group by Anna Gaines [of the organization You Don’t Speak for Me]," screeched Dallacroce. "She said it was because I wouldn't fill out a form saying that I wasn't an insurgent or a spy. Even though I've been on national news. Because I won't fill out the paperwork, I was no longer welcome to speak at the Childress dealership anymore and no longer welcome to attend."

The incensed Dallacroce also dished on Childress' alleged illegal-worker problem.

"I can tell you I personally do not hire illegal aliens," she asserted. "People who come into my home [to do contract work] will get their photographs taken by me and I will look at their driver's licenses. I will not have illegal aliens working for me. And I would hope that people like Rusty Childress would do the same."


Many of the same anti-immigration wackos who shed rivers of tears for Ramos and Compean have zero sympathy for the plight of Virginia Gutierrez, whose sad saga was first reported in The Bird ("No, Virginia," August 30) and has since been updated regularly by this nest-builder's blogging bro, Feathered Bastard.

Gutierrez, an honors grad from North High School with scholarships to attend ASU this fall, came to this country with her undocumented parents when she was a kid (some sources say when she was 3 years old; others say when she was 8). After her car was impounded following a traffic stop, she tried to get it back, presented an allegedly fake Mexican ID, and was arrested by Phoenix PD for forgery. While in custody, ICE persuaded her to sign voluntary deportation papers, and she was on a bus to Nogales faster than you can say Pancho Villa.

She's now with family in Chihuahua, Mexico, according to her pals. But the chances that she'll be able to return to this nation of immigrants will be made tougher by the fact that there's a bench warrant out for her arrest in the forgery case. County Attorney Candy Thomas' legal lapdogs did a real Franz Kafka number on Gutierrez. Even though she's deported, the forgery case against her remains active, and when she did not appear for a preliminary hearing on August 28, the judge hit her with the bench warrant.

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Green Lantern

Smooth is nutz. Look at all the pics up on different sites! Looks like the crowd was mostly white with a smattering of self-loathing Hispanics and at least one black. (Can anyone say token?) If that's your idea of diversity, visiting a city like New York would make your head explode. Joe Loya's been smokin' something too. I've read ALL of the transcripts, and like Lemons, I say Ramos and Compean are guilty as fuck, just like the JURY did. Doesn't matter whether you call it the butt, back, or the thigh, they shot an illegal running away from them. The guy even raised his hands in surrender once to Compean, but Compean had to try to hit him with the butt of his shot gun. Or try. He even fucked that up and missed. What morons! Compean admitted he picked up casings from his shots. Why? He admitted that he didn't report it because he was afraid he's get in trouble. Why was he afraid he would get in trouble? Because he knew they fucked up and shot a man in the back (butt, thigh, whatever). They're guilty. And their supporters know it. They just think R&C should get off because they see nothing wrong with shooting unarmed illegals. Yeah, he was a drug smuggler. So what? That doesn't mean you get to try and execute the guy.

Joe Loya
Joe Loya

Someone pointed out this fat ass bird to me at the rally. No one would talk to him so he wrote a piece of crap story about Ramos. I just want to thank all the wonderful people who attended and everyone that donated. This fat punk idiot knows nothing about the true facts of the case. No one will ever know if this illegal drug smuggler was armed or not. His relatives tell us that he is always armed. The fifteen shots was a number made up by the prosecution without any evidence. The smuggler was not shot in the butt. He was shot in the left side as he pointed at Ramos with his left hand. What has this lard ass been reading? All he is doing is repeating the fabricated lies of Johnny Satan. Read the transcripts fatso. Both the smuggler and witness, Oscar Juarez said that they heard five or six shots. Satan refused to testify under oath in D.C.


Perhaps the writer's vision was blurred by the "two fisted" drinking that he was doing that night because this event goer saw a great group of people having a well attended benefit for a cause, that if one looks at objectively, is a good one. Ramos got screwed,period. Did he do some things wrong, yes. But that's not what this is's about the event. It was more than "a hell of a party", it was a chance for an incredibly diverse group of people to get together. I also want to note the writers failure to mention the event was attended by a good number of latinos......hhhhmmmm....wonder if they saw any racists? People were at the event from all over the country...wonder why?It's because the American Freedom Riders do it well, they do it without standing in the spotlight and they do it without looking for credit.Danny Smith and his guys and gals are the best, I should know because I proudly wear an AFR patch on my back

William Crum
William Crum

One would wonder what the real issue is. Could be the letter R and hate to someone who was brought into this country and succeeded when their counter parts fall flat on their a** and show nothing but jealously toward here. According to her teachers, she was a hard working student and not looking for handout like her counterparts who were represented by so call adults who wouldn't let a minister have his say. The constantly shouting him down. Were they member of the KKK or what or the Nazi, who figure that they were the supreme race? God said that we all make mistake and we should do two things:forgive and then forget. This would be a hard thing to do with the people. I challenge these people to top whinning and show their children that with hard work, they to can succeed. Thank you and God Bless you.


Bird, I love your column read it every time it comes out. But I do have to disagree with you about Ramos & Campeon, Obiviously they shot the guy for a reason, probably priors. Man you don't smuggle drugs on the border, even weed with a nice attitude. Those guys have to be ruthless, and who knows the guy could have a gun and threw it in the river or stashed it. Yeah they were scared on the stand, but I think their punishment was harsh. Come on Libby's bitch ass committed treason and he got a slap on the hand!!!! As for the poor girl that got deported, if she is under 18 or still in high then they need to bring her back, but my Grandfather was from Mexico and when he got caught by the border patrol he voluntarily went back and came back legally through the Bracero Program.

Deadman Walking
Deadman Walking

Who is on the side of drug dealers? I don�t think I am the one who allows my people to hire illegal aliens to work at my business. I see every week how Rusty and the people who go to those meetings behave. Now, I must say, a lot of those people there have great intentions, but come on, what has actually been done?

I bet the AFR was pissed to see that he was still representing himself as an AFR, especially since he was removed from that group months before. Also, didn�t rusty send out the emails calling the AFR racist and say that they were racially profiling? I am almost sure it was him, seeing how I am on that email list. I don�t see how they are racially profiling anything.

This is a lot like the border and the illegal immigration issue. The open whole in the border fence allows this continuous flow of illegal aliens into this country. But yet we have thousands and thousands of people sitting around doing nothing to change it. Hell, that�s obvious just by looking at election results over the last 4 years, including the current city elections. If your boat has a whole in it and you have 30 people just sitting in the hull every week, bitching about it, it will still sink. But if those 30 people actually got out and did something, more than just a once a week revival, they could actually help stop the damn thing from sinking.

But again, I guess I am just as bad sometimes as I sit there myself every week and do almost nothing with them. Now, I have been outside the room and actually worked to protect this country and have fought for change, but I don�t remember many of them there with me.

It only takes one person to make a difference and change the world, but it also only takes one person to take that away. They say that the one person you don�t want to mess with is someone who has nothing to loose. But I think that the strongest person is the one who has everything to save.


So know your on the side of drug dealers, who are attacking our children with drugs , and also invading our country economically by having to watch the borders for SCUM like this.Your a real class act!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Deadman Walking
Deadman Walking

Wow, I wonder who this article will piss off. I see it as fact and that Mr. David did a good �political� job in his statement, but I do wish he would have came out and commented a little better on how much bullshit Rusty and them really are. Maybe he is just as bad as Rusty and supports them or maybe he did the right thing and gave the opportunity to let readers make up there own mind.

Anyway, I think the bird just dropped a load of pigeon poop on the heads of the two faced, two stick supporting, hate parties. If they only knew that I still sit my butt in those meetings every week and see nobody doing anything other than spitting unethical garbage. Maybe they need to actually do something and actually take a true approach to combating the issue instead of yelling and screaming in front of a �packed� McDonalds.

I wish I could have made it to the benefit for Nacho, as it sounds like a good time. It would have been interesting to see how they actually prevented haters from coming in and if they kept out Buffalo �Two Sticks� Little Dick.

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