GOP NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, MEHLMAN, IS THE ONE ON THE “WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY” SAYS MINUTEMAN JIM GILCHRIST


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GOP NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, MEHLMAN, IS THE ONE ON THE “WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY” SAYS MINUTEMAN JIM GILCHRIST

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman
December 2, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Minuteman Project founder and 48th Congressional District candidate Jim Gilchrist said today that Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman’s recent speech warning against the rise of “anti-immigrant sentiment” in the United States was duplicitous and purposely designed to impugn the motives of millions of patriotic Americans who are working to stop illegal immigration and secure America’s borders.

“Chairman Mehlman’s recent remarks to the Republican Governor’s Association claimed that those who are on the front lines opposing illegal immigration and demanding American border security, such as Congressman Tom Tancredo and citizen Minutemen, are on the ‘wrong side of history’ because, supposedly, they are motivated by some sort of racist, xenophobic, anti-immigrant mentality,” Gilchrist said.

“Chairman Mehlman’s remarks are false, patently offensive, and represent demagoguery in its worst form,” stated Gilchrist. “He knows we are pro-immigrant – but under the rule of law. Mehlman and the political establishment know very well that this is not an anti-immigrant movement. In fact, legal immigrants and naturalized citizens are a major part of the vanguard of this battle. I am not going to stand by and allow Chairman Mehlman and those of his ilk to get away with suggesting that the citizen’s movement to halt illegal immigration and secure our borders is motivated by bigotry, racism, or any desire to exclude any racial or ethnic group from the American dream.”

“Chairman Mehlman, the American people are no longer fooled by demagogues like you who are trying to divide us with demonstrably false charges of racialism -- and we will not be discouraged nor dissuaded from the critical task of fighting illegal immigration and securing our nation’s territory and sovereignty. We are going to do this job until the federal government finally gets it right -- and it will be you, Chairman Mehlman, who ends up ‘on the wrong side of history,’” Gilchrist declared.

“I urge the voters of California’s 48th District to get out to the polls and vote for me in the special election this Tuesday, December 6, to send a strong and convincing message to Chairman Mehlman, the Bush Administration, and their errand boy, John Campbell, that the American people are serious about stopping illegal immigration and securing our borders -- and they will not be fooled by phony messages or phony candidates!” concluded Gilchrist.

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