John Birch Society President speaks on impact of illegal immigrants


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho - During the last 200 years, millions of people have come to this country to live out the ‘American Dream;’ but there are others that are concerned about the impact of illegal immigrants.

The John Birch Society was founded in December 1958 by Robert W. Welch Jr., in Indianapolis, Indiana; the group was named after a United States military intelligence officer and Baptist missionary in World War II, who was killed in 1945 by supporters of the Communist Party of China.

John McManus, President of the John Birch Society says, “What we do in the John Birch Society is we try to tell Americans, look. Here's your country, it's the best that ever was, it's being changed, and it's time for you to get involved. And we hope that people will come and hear what we have to say.

The John Birch Society also publishes the journal 'The New American;' McManus says the organization is very much in favor of legal immigration.

But he says that many illegal’s who do come to the U.S., don't want to learn English, and expect American schools to teach their children in their native languages.

“A lot of these people have come here and they want to take Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California and a few other states back, and they want to give it to Mexico. They call it Atzlan. It's an attempt to steal a good portion of our country.”

McManus says the federal government isn't protecting the states from invasion, so the individual states need to stand up for themselves.

“Amnesty would legalize people who have broken into our home. And we say no in the John Birch Society, and we're trying to get the American people to contact their own senators and congressmen, say no amnesty, deal with the problem the way it should be dealt with, and that means sealing the border.”

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