Several months ago our media adviser contacted the American Legion in regards to some radio spots he had done for the Heart of America Chapter. The purpose was to inform them as a courtesy that we were going to use their proclamation in our radio adds for our National Conference. After a few questions about our intentions they agreed that we use the information. At our request they shipped us a box of their booklets which I have handed out to a number of American Legion Post Commanders from here to Tombstone Arizona. None of the Commanders I contacted were aware of the Legions position or that they were even giving an opinion on the subject. The reason I am telling you this is that the American Legions position and proclamation is on their web site and the links are below, if you are a Legionaire please contact your Post Commander and advise him to go to their web site and review and please get the word out to all local members. You can get the entire article and comments on their web site. All of a sudden what we the Minutemen and women have been saying and doing is OK as far as the Legions position which is exactly what we have been telling folks for years. That is if you read the comments but we should all applaud the American Legion for being about the only group to step up and take this on. As I have said in the past, where is the NRA, MADD and all of the others, as the pro illegal girls and boys say, "they are in the shadows", I hope I am wrong but I'll bet they still don't come out. The American Legion has!
By the way, the radio spots the Legion is using? They were done at no cost for the American Legion by Mr. Richard W. Fatherley, the HOA Chapter of the MCDC's media advisor.
Veterans Launch National Education Effort on Illegal Immigration
INDIANAPOLIS (April 28, 2008) – Crime, terrorism and dependency on scarce government dollars are some of the major reasons why the nation’s largest veterans organization is concerned about illegal immigration. So concerned, in fact, that The American Legion today began a nationwide outreach to alert Americans to the dangers posed by illegal aliens and the government’s reluctance to seriously address the issue.
Through a radio spot campaign, news releases from posts across the country, letters to newspaper editors and a concerted outreach to America’s leading media pundits, at both the national and local levels, The American Legion will offer a free booklet about illegal immigration that not only discusses the far reaching problems it is causing but also provides a cogent strategy to address the issue.
“American Legion members have served in the U.S. Armed Forces throughout the world so that Americans can feel safe at home,” said Marty Conatser, national commander. “We have seen Third World countries. We have seen poverty, political instability, disease and war. Today we see the threat that open borders present to our homeland.
“With more than 14,000 posts and 2.7 million members, I am asking Legionnaires everywhere to start the national dialogue that needs to happen now,” Conatser said. “As a nation at war with operatives sworn to kill Americans, our government must shut down our open borders and take decisive action to address a crippling national problem.”
The booklet, “A Strategy to Address Illegal Immigration in the United States,” is available for download at www.legion.org/bulletins. A free hard copy can be requested by sending an email to email@example.com. Conatser has asked Legionnaires to obtain a media kit, visit radio stations and offer the public service spot package of six 60-second radio spots that addresses various problems with illegal immigration and offers the booklet free to listeners.
“The American Legion is very much in support of legal immigration,” Conatser added. “Indeed the ancestors of countless Legionnaires immigrated here from around the world. However, we are a nation of laws and since we all swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States when we donned our uniforms, we believe strongly that the security and sovereignty of our nation must be our highest priority through stringent enforcement of our immigration laws.”