Arizona's "Nativist Extremist" Groups Nearing Extinction, According to Report
The nativist movement is in its "death throes," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The organization's new report has documented three such groups in Arizona, which is a low number, considering 21 were documented in 2009.
As you can imagine, racist wuss J.T. Ready murdering a man, two women, and a child -- before shooting himself -- was pretty big news on the nativist front last year.
"Other than Ready's group, only a few individuals regularly patrolled the Arizona border last year, although an organization called the Texas Border Volunteers has been active in South Texas," SPLC's report states.
In total, there are just three nativist groups SPLC's tracked in Arizona: American Freedom Riders, Arizona Border Recon, and Mohave County Residents for Constitutional Rights Arizona.
SPLC's definition for "nativist" groups is "groups that go beyond pushing for legislative changes or stricter border controls to personally confront suspected undocumented workers and border crossers."
Nationwide, there are only 38 documented nativist organizations, down from the 319 counted by SPLC in 2010.
While SPLC has plenty of explanations for the downfall, there does seem to be one caveat mentioned:
"Since 2010, many nativist leaders have abandoned their narrow focus on immigration and inserted themselves into other right-wing movements that appeared to have more traction. Many signed on with antigovernment "Patriot" groups or Tea Party factions. According to a January 2012 report from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, dozens of formerly prominent nativists had joined Tea Party and other right-wing formations by mid-2010. In some cases, they created new far-right hybrid entities of their own."
Only California and Maryland has more documented nativist groups than Arizona, according to the report, while Texas also has three.
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