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ACLU Posters: Ignore The Border Patrol

From Fox News:

ACLU Signs Add to Washington State’s Immigration Storm

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
By Jana Winter

An immigration showdown is brewing on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, where simmering tensions and borderline hostility have fueled a turf war between the local community and the Border Patrol agents assigned to protect it.

Now the American Civil Liberties Union has jumped into the ring and upped the ante, rolling out a campaign that will install signs inside buses informing riders of their rights — to ignore Border Patrol agents…

The campaign, which could start as early as next week, is the latest in a series of expanding grassroots efforts aimed at curbing the expansion of Border Patrol forces and the powers of its agents…

The ACLU has joined forces with left-leaning groups around the state — lavender farmers, retirees, activists, grandparents, Socialists, Green Party members, politicians, Unitarians, Christians, vineyard owners, hippies and other assorted protesters — who say these measures have infringed on people’s civil liberties.

The ACLU says it is just informing frightened residents, U.S. citizens and immigrants — both legal and illegal — of their rights.

They say Border Patrol agents spend their time rounding up illegal immigrants well inland of the border and wasting their resources and manpower by conducting immigration status checks on local buses and at random checkpoints on roads well inside the border…

ACLU’s pamphlets and signs will be posted inside buses that will pick up and drop off passengers at the Port Angeles ferry terminal — right across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, B.C.

That’s where Algerian-born Ahmed Ressam docked on American soil in 1999 with explosives in the trunk of his car and a plan to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on New Year’s Eve. The "Millennium Bomber" was apprehended by Customs and Border agents and is currently serving a 22-year sentence.

Border Patrol agents also point out that the 2010 Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver, not far from the crossing.

From the ACLU’s flyer (a pdf file) for this campaign:

As we have noted until we are blue in the face, the ACLU violates its 501c3 tax exempt status as a “charity” by encouraging people to break the law.

They are also proscribed from lobbying.

From the IRS’s Guidelines:

Political and Lobbying Activities

(Adapted from IRS Publication 1828, Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations– February 2004)

Lobbying Activity

In general, no organization may qualify for section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation (commonly known as lobbying). A 501(c)(3) organization may engage in some lobbying, but too much lobbying activity risks loss of tax-exempt status.

Legislation includes action by Congress, any state legislature, any local council, or similar governing body, with respect to acts, bills, resolutions, or similar items (such as legislative confirmation of appointive office), or by the public in referendum, ballot initiative, constitutional amendment, or similar procedure.  It does not include actions by executive, judicial, or administrative bodies.

An organization will be regarded as attempting to influence legislation if it contacts, or urges the public to contact, members or employees of a legislative body for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation, or if the organization advocates the adoption or rejection of legislation.

And yet they do so, shamelessly.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “ACLU Posters: Ignore The Border Patrol”

  1. proreason says:

    One word. Lawyers.

    Nuff said.

  2. Right of the People says:

    As it is easy to see the liars (nee lawyers, the words are inter-changeable) from All Criminals Love Us didn’t bother to read the law. The Border Patrol has arrest powers far from the border, they are a Federal law enforcement agency with quite a large jurisdiction. Most sectors area of responsibility range far from the border, for example, the Swanton Sector in Vermont ranges from the border to more than half way to NYC. We set up traffic checks randomly in our area to catch people who think they have it made once they slip over the border. And we catch quite a few, even in the wilds of the Adirondacks.


  3. heykev says:

    It would be nice to see the Washington State’s Attorney General take them to court for violating their tax exempt status. They would do that if a conservative organization admonished people to break the law. I, for one, am tired of the double standard.

  4. VMAN says:

    ACLU Another Communist Lawyers Union

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    2 words apply here


  6. sheehanjihad says:

    I wonder if the ACLU people could ignore my Mossberg 590A1? I am positive the illegals wont.

  7. bousquem says:

    I notice alot of the “left leaning” groups are farmers who probably want all the illegal (read cheap) labor to come and do their work so they don’t have to pay much or pay any federal taxes on them. Of course when said illegals get hurt and show up in the ER demanding treatment for the whole clan, we all get hit with the bill in way of higher bills coming from the hospital to make up for all the money lost that is never going to come from the illegal’s pockets.

    I also notice from the first sign that all you have to do according to them is claim your a US citizen but then you don’t have to prove it. I’d also like to know what the ACLU considers “reasonable”, probably 5 minutes is too long for them. Of course then there would be lawsuits about the emotional and psychological distress caused by the stop and now the poor illegals should be paid millions of dollars, watch said same illegals also be carting in loads of drugs from Canada or hauling money back to the main cartel leaders.

  8. cjokry says:

    I noticed the very valid complaint that the ACLU abuses their 501(c)(3) status. Planned Parenthood is the same way, launching lobbying campaigns while enjoying tax exempt status. Who knows how many other Dem causes are cheating out on their taxes in similar fashion, while the Christian talk radio station I listen to is constantly dancing on egg shells to not endorse any candidates (only positions) so they don’t endanger their 501 (c)(3) status.

  9. aze_216 says:

    The signs probably won’t make much difference in any case because they’re in English – You’d think the aclu of all groups would have the compassion and sensitivity to mult-culturualism to at least print their propoganda in 4 or 5 languages – si?

  10. canary says:

    Recall the vidios showing illegals what to do and say if police came to door? They taught them not to answer their door. Shows the poor illegals huddled together and clinging to each other as if the police were bad. And the illegals are taught to yell “if you don’t have warrant go away”
    The civil liberties union never helps anyone that deserves it. They always pick the most pathetic people to protect and provide legal help too. They will help an illegal or muslim terrorist with legal help before they will help Afro-American citizens that really should get their help.

  11. Squito says:

    “Everyone has the right to remain silent.”

    Ah, Miranda Rights, protecting criminals since 1966.

    “The ACLU has joined forces with left-leaning groups around the state — lavender farmers, retirees, activists, grandparents, Socialists, Green Party members, politicians, Unitarians, ***Christians***, vineyard owners, hippies and other assorted protesters — who say these measures have infringed on people’s civil liberties.”

    Left-leaning (pro-abortion, gay marriage, illegals, etc.) and Christian? That triple-six tattoo must look pretty good I guess.

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