A California newspaper’s office was vandalized after furious immigration activists denounced its use of the “offensive” term “illegals” to describe illegal aliens in a recent headline.
The Santa Barbara News-Press’s front entrance was sprayed with the message “The border is illegal, not the people who cross it” in red paint, early Thursday morning, according to the newspaper’s director of operations, Donald Katich.
The attack came amid wider objections to a News-Press headline that used the word “illegals” alongside a story on California granting driver’s licenses to people in the country illegally (see below).
But the newspaper said it will continue to use the term “illegals” to describe people who enter the U.S. without permission, despite the attack by vandals.
“It is an appropriate term in describing someone as “illegal” if they are in this country illegally.” – Statement from Santa Barbara News-Press
After that announcement, the offices were beseiged by protesters last night, including members of the Hispanic hate-group the Brown Berets, and Hispanic supremacist group MEChA, whose stated goal is the “Reconquista” (reconquest) of 1/3 of the United States by Mexico. Some of them dressed up as Aztecs to apparently push home this point.
“The vandalism and the damage speak for itself, as well as the motivation behind it,” Santa Barbara Police Officer Mitch Jan said. “At this point in time, I don’t really have any suspect information. Without cameras or an eyewitness, we really don’t know who would be responsible.”
In addition to the writing on the building, graffiti espousing a no-borders mentality was scribbled on the walkway through Storke Placita and the sidewalk near Santa Barbara City Hall. Police were braced for a protest in front of the paper later this week. Jan said hundreds could show up, and the Police Department is aware of the call for a protest.
Under pressure from illegal alien activists, the Associated Press in 2013 banned the use of “illegal,” “illegal alien,” and “illegal immigrant.” Several other media outlets have followed.
California is now issuing drivers licenses to up to 1.4 million illegal aliens, which experts call a potential “security disaster,” given the lax document requirements permitting nearly anyone from any country — even terrorists — to obtain one.