With today’s release of â€œBehind the Veil,” a video exposÃ© of the “anti-immigrant” movement, Heidi Beirich rises from her role of the Torquemada of the Southern Poverty Law Center to its Leni Riefenstahl.
As the publicity release for the video announces:
In the video, Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)â€”the nationâ€™s premier monitor of hate groupsâ€”discusses SPLCâ€™s research on organizations such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), NumbersUSA, and the Social Contract Press.
In the Riefenstahl tradition, Beirich draws the viewer into the video’s movement and message with an alluring grace that can only be described as Beirichy. I found myself utterly bewitched, and totally convinced by the video’s subtle and well-researched political message: Immigrants are good, and restrictionists are evil.
Produced by La Raza (translation: “Das Volk,” ) the video reveals that those who would stop the uncontrolled human flood across our borders may pretend to care about security, and upholding Federal law, but are actually violent racist extremists who should be mercilessly hounded, arrested, tortured, and forced to attend sensitivity classes:
On the one hand,â€ says Beirich, â€œthe anti-immigrant system is based on pandering to the extremists that you know will join your ranks, back you, fund you, and attend your events. On the other hand, it tries to use groups like FAIR to present a more moderate face that seems disconnected from these folks, but really at the end of the day, isnâ€™t.â€
Congratulations, Heidi! Leni would be proud.