Target: Heritage Foundation President Jim Demint
Goal: Stop pushing for the support of militia groups by state government
For many people, the word “militia” conjures a rather unpleasant picture. In the United States, militia groups have recently made waves by flocking to the border with Mexico, where they intend to deal with the current immigration crisis by threatening violence towards those trying to cross over into the U.S. These potentially violent groups have recently received an unexpected ally in their efforts to frighten and demonize immigrants; the Heritage Foundation recently released a series of recommendations for conservative lawmakers to enact concerning immigration. One of the recommendations is for state governments to officially recognize militia groups and to grant them funding. In effect, the Foundation is asking border states to give verbal and material support to people whose express goals are to threaten violence against people who may not even be in the country illegally.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, many of the militia groups at the border meet the qualifications for hate groups. Such groups may claim a focus on preventing undocumented immigration, but there is hardly a way to tell who is in the U.S. legally and who is not just by looking at them. The threat of real violence is ever-present, and it might not be directed only against Latinos; according to Think Progress, the militias include members of the Oathkeepers and the Three Percenter’s Club. Both of these groups have threatened violence against the U.S. government. For anyone to ask state government to accept and help sustain these organizations is crazy; for an institution like the Heritage Foundation to do so beggars belief. The Foundation is well-respected by conservatives across the nation; it is listened to and its recommendations are usually taken seriously. It should not be in the business of advocating for the support of violent, hateful, armed groups.
Jim DeMint, President of the Heritage Foundation, needs to step in and call his organization to heel. There is never any call to support militia groups. By signing this petition, you will urge Mr. Demint to take back his Foundation’s recommendations and abandon support for the militia.
Dear President DeMint,
The Heritage Foundation recently released a series of recommended courses of action having to do with undocumented immigration and the current border crisis. One of these recommendations was for state government to accredit and fund the militia groups now flocking to the U.S.-Mexico border. Such actions would be foolhardy and potentially dangerous; many of the militia groups are all to keen to threaten violence, and not just against undocumented immigrants. Giving support to these people is never a good idea.
There are ways to make the situation at the border safer and less chaotic; giving support and money to violent groups is not one of them. I urge you to retract the Heritage Foundation’s recommendations concerning militia groups.
[Your Name Here]
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