"The American dream is not for illegals. It's for white America," Jeff Schoep, commander of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), said at the neo-Nazi group's rally in Pomona on Saturday, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports. The rally, which had nearly 75 neo-Nazis in attendance, was met by more than 300 counter-protesters. One counter-protestor held a sign that said, "When did your family immigrate?," the Daily Bulletin reports.
The focus of the rally was the group's demand that California repeal its recently-passed Dream Act, which allows state college aid to undocumented immigrants without criminal record who came to the US before age 16 or who have completed two years of college.
In a press release, NSM explained that it choose to protest in Pomona because, the group claimed, it is a "sanctuary city" for immigrants and doesn't follow federal immigration laws:
Pomona is a unique gathering place of continuing tension between ethnic minorities, such as Hispanics and Blacks. In 2009, an 18 year old Black named Marquis Le Blanc, was beaten and killed at a party by mostly Hispanic assailants. In the past year or so, area police have been questioned regarding the possibility of racial profiling. And most recently, nearby Coachella (97% Hispanic) and Pomona have each become known as an Immigrant Sanctuary for illegal aliens.. They are playing with ideas of civil disobedience.
The press release went on to quote Schoep saying, "With Whites being the minority population in Pomona (48%), you have to ask yourself where White people will fit in among these volatile American communities!.. White people cannot be left out of what has traditionally been their own towns..!"
According to Fox News, an earlier neo-Nazi rally took place in Pomona in March, with 30 white supremacists and nearly 500 counter-protestors.
On its website, NSM states that its core beliefs are "defending the rights of white people everywhere, preservation of our European culture and heritage, strengthening family values, economic self-sufficiency, reform of illegal immigration policies, immediate withdrawal of our national military from an illegal Middle Eastern occupation, and promotion of white separation."
The site states that membership is open to "non-Semitic heterosexual of European descent" and includes an under-18 group called the Viking Youth Movement.
NSM member Butch Urban told the Southwest Riverside News Network that the group does not promote racial hatred. "The blacks have the NAACP," he said. "The Hispanics have their organizations and all that is OK. Well, our group is a white rights organization."
As the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports, the rally consisted of an hour and a half of speeches by NSM members. There were no arrests or injuries.