A caller to a West Coast talk show who claimed membership in a militant Latino group says the U.S. must acknowledge much of the Southwest belongs to Mexico and pay the proper amount for it – or else.
The caller, who identified himself only as “Louis,” made his remarks on KSFO’s Barbara Simpson show, which is broadcast in San Francisco, Aug. 31. According to Simpson, the man claimed he was from Los Angeles.
Simpson, who writes a weekly column for WorldNetDaily, said Louis called into the program directly after she had been discussing the “influence of militant Hispanics on California public policy and public attitudes,” as well as the state’s gubernatorial recall election and what effect a victory by Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante might have on that attitude.
To make her case, Simpson said she referenced a column written by Hector Carreon, of the website La Voz de Aztlan. In it, Carreon was describing the “arrest” of “anti-Mexican vigilante Glenn Spencer.”
Spencer is founder of American Border Patrol, an immigration reform group that uses high-tech surveillance to monitor illegal aliens crossing the Arizona-Mexico border. As WorldNetDaily reported, he was arrested Aug. 2 at his home in Sierra Vista, Ariz., on gun-related charges.
Spencer told WorldNetDaily this week it is his “understanding” he has been cleared of most of those charges, though a charge of disturbing the peace is pending. He said he could not provide further details, on instruction of counsel.
On her program, Simpson went on to say the Carreon column was written “with verbiage clearly chosen to incite anger and racism.” She said it describes Spencer as a “vehement racist … leader of the xenophobic organization called American Border Patrol … whose primary mission is to carry out clandestine ‘hunting operations’ of undocumented Mexican workers crossing the border. …”
Simpson said shortly after she began discussing the column, she received a call on the air from Spencer, who said he had been listening to her program via the Internet. Spencer relayed the information regarding his charges.
He also said last week five illegal aliens showed up on his property wanting to use his telephone. Shortly after their visit, sheriff’s deputies pulled up to his home and told him someone had reported that he had pulled a gun on the illegals.
Spencer said an associate had videotaped the incident, which showed the report to be untrue. No charges were filed, he said, and the illegals were taken into custody. He said he believes the incident was staged by a third party in an attempt to frame him.
After Spencer told Simpson of his group’s latest technology and plans to deploy along the border to observe illegal crossings, he hung up the phone. But within moments, Simpson said, Louis called.
He told her his name and said he belongs to an organization closely related to MEChA, an organization critics say has distinct anti-American viewpoints. Bustamante, the leading Democrat in the Oct. 7 recall election, has ties to MEChA.
Louis “said he was glad to learn of Spencer’s plans” because his group planned to disrupt them, Simpson said.
She also explained Louis told her on the air “the purpose of his group” was to publicize the viewpoint “that Anglos have the land of the southwest illegally, that they never had a contract for it even though, he said, some money changed hands. [He said] it was simply not enough.”
Simpson said Louis claimed his group did not recognize the U.S./Mexico border and that “they want the U.S. to acknowledge that the land belongs to Mexico and pay the proper amount for it and if [done] soon, they will do us no harm.”
As for Spencer, he told WorldNetDaily in the past he believes he has been targeted by groups opposed to his border-protection activities.
“There have been instances that were suspicious, but it is dangerous to make claims that turn out to be false,” he said.
“As far as the (recent) burglary and subsequent trespass – and I am convinced there was one – are concerned, I am convinced we were targeted specifically,” said Spencer. “If there was ever a set up, that was one.”
Spencer said the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil-rights legal group, is keeping an eye on his activities.
“They have said so,” he said. “They are ready to pounce at the first opportunity,” but he added the group’s founder, Morris Dees, “probably wouldn’t take the chance of staging a set up.”
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