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Immigrant-rights group vows legal action over Santa Clarita councilman's 'I'm a proud racist' remark

Immigrant-rights activists said they plan to take legal action against a Santa Clarita councilman, who they say has refused to apologize for declaring himself a “proud racist” and has not been censured by fellow council members.

Leaders of the Los Angeles-based Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition said Monday they plan to go to court to force the city of Santa Clarita to discipline Bob Kellar, whom they described as a “rogue councilman” and a “poster boy for divisiveness.”

The controversy stems from a Jan. 16 anti-illegal-immigration rally in Santa Clarita, where Kellar, a veteran councilman and two-time mayor, spoke. In his speech, Kellar referred to a statement by former President Theodore Roosevelt that the United States has a place for only one flag and only one language.

Kellar, a former LAPD officer, said those remarks caused some people to accuse him of being racist, to which he replied that if believing in America causes people to think he's a racist, "then I'm a proud racist."

The councilman has said that he stands by his remarks, which he said have been misconstrued. Kellar insisted that he abhors racism. Scores of Santa Clarita residents packed the council chambers last month to voice support for Kellar.

Opponents charge that Kellar violated the city’s ethics code by not making clear that his remarks were personal and that he was not representing the city council.

“Comprehensive immigration reform provides a pathway forward; the Bob Kellars of this world would lead us down a dark pathway back to our troubling racist past,” Robert Gittelson, a member of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition, said in a statement.

-- Ann M. Simmons

 
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Exactly what kind of legal action are they going to take...these characters don't have a leg to stand on with their frivolous threatened legal action...You can't believe in American anymore...We need to rid the US of all terrorist...

Illegal immigration has nothing to do with racism. It is about the law and protecting our citizens. The people hurt most by illegal immigration are poor Americans and legal immigrants who are forced to compete for fewer jobs that pay less and less. The pro amnesty special interest groups use the racism issue out of desperation to garner support, it is not going to work.

Here we go. Another useless, costly law suit brought by a group of overly sensitive people who clearly feel that it's alright to come to this country to grub up every last opportunity and freedom we have to offer, but still live like they're in their former countries, by their former standards, speaking/reading their former languages, etc., all the while using our benevolence against us, i.e.: You don't take the time to learn the language to enough of a degree of fluency to understand and accept that no insult was intended, but you sure have learned enough to say, "What'd he say?! That's an insult! I'm suing!" And if you can't say it, you have an activist saying it for you!

It used to be that people came here because they saw that this was a better way of life and they wanted to be part of and contribute to it. They understood that English was the language spoken here so they learned it, that there was value in hard work, saving and educating onesself for his/her own benefit, and by extension for the benefit of the family/community/nation in which they were living - so they worked hard, saved and got educated, and helped to build this into what is still, if only just barely, the greatest nation in the world.

Now it seems that everyone comes for a meal ticket... any way they can get it - including frivolous law suits. They're no longer interested in contributing to the common good. They're all out for Numero Uno, just seeing what they can get in the great American give-away. It's wrong.

Suck it up and become a real American! Learn and use English like the rest of us do, like our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents learned. Come here legally, even if it takes 10-12 years to accomplish, like the better - yes, I said better - of our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents did. Wait your turn. Do it the right way. Be honorable. None of these issues would exist if people just abided by the rules, and thought about someone/something greater than themselves for a change!

Look, I'm an immigrant, a legal one. I do believe in a "one flag, one language" America. So does that also make me a racist? The only racists are the illegals themselves who break the laws, milk all public resouces, and refuse to assimilate.

@Louweegie272: Don't think that throwing the race card won't work... it's been working fine for decades now. Rather than assume it won't work, perhaps pray, talk, persuade, and rally enough support to make sure it doesn't in this case!

It's not that anyone wants true racism to be allowed to exist, but we would hope that rational minds would prevail in cases such as these, so that rights such as free speech are preserved - even when the speech offends people, especially when it offends people who don't seem to understand its meaning.

Let them file their complaint in Spanish, in a Mexican court.

Since when is it racist to be pro-America and against ILLEGAL immigration?

"Immigrant-rights activists"...
Why does the LA Times constantly insulting LEGAL immigrants with these headlines..
They have nothing to do with Immigrants but with enabling criminal behavior and sucking this country dry and have no allegiance to our country.

I hate the misleading name "immigrants-rights group." It really should be "illegal immigrants-rights group" as that is who they are fighting for. Legal immigrants already have rights.

And what standing does this group have to file a lawsuit? I am so sick of these groups. Anytime someone speaks out against ILLEGAL immigrants, they are attacked as being racist. Why is it racist to state that people should not be allowed to enter the country illegally. Why do we not have a right to speak out against people who break our nations laws without being called racist.

We should all sue these so-called "immigrants-rights" groups. It is they who are the real racists.

These illegal alien bigots are always grasping at straws because they are fighting a loosing battle. We AMERICANS and PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN will never ever allow another Amnesty in the this country. Get the hell out and come back the legal way and take ALL your anchors with you.

What a concept? One flag, one language, one country obviously the guy is a not a real Californian.

FRIC is in for a tough fight, why hasn't Washington passed their prized amnesty bill, oops I mean hurdle laden path to legalization bill, yet?

Could it be that the people here legally agree more with Mr. Keller than with Mr. Gittelson?

Another disgusting Republican.

What does race and immigration status have to do with eachother??? Ohhh yeah, its always Latino rights groups that speak out lol and spanish on everything. Why must we cater to one race over another? Can we deport 2 million illegals for all over the world and bring all the peole of Haiti here??? Im game.

No more English in our schools, that'll teach the baby droppers, we will american kids to be bi-lingual...

The thing with this guy is that it has nothing to do with immigration. Those comments were not directed at european immigrants but to those of darker colors. Well, santa clarita, legal action may not be the way to go. But I will tell you this , theres plenty of legal brown people that will now make it a point to populate your city with more and more of us. We are coming, and theres really nothing anyone can do about it. I moved out of santa clarita because it was too white and i felt the racial overtones while living there. But, as a point of pride i now planning on moving back and playing my mariachi music even louder than before. thank you councilman for giving us reason to move on north. It really is a nice place to live adn I will continue to refer all brown real estate prospects to that city. And in response to all those that tell immigrants to get out, I would say it back to them, if the skin is white, then you came over on the boat, so please, unless your going to change the national anthem of america to row row row your boat, I would suggest the end of allthose go back to where you came from comments unless yuo are a native amrican "indian" or a mexican in the california area. thank you and dont forget all, we are coming, legally to santa clarita and theres nothing anyone can do. Even all the racists that live there.

Love the hair-trigger litigeous foreign nationals that call us gabachos everyday (hello, we can hear you), and in Los Angeles can barely disguise their primitive racist/discomfort toward African Americans.....

But Kellar is a bogeyman....except he is not.

“One Country! One Language! One Flag!” This is America!!! We need to get back to that old american tradition of sending all illegals back to where they came from. It really pisses me off when I see other countries flags flying on U.S. soil. If you want to represent that country, go there & get the hell out. There is nothing racist about being proud of your Country.

There is no racists here! Illegal aliens are destroying this country and it's time for then to get out of this country. What's racists about that?

Illegal aliens have made America the dumping ground for all their illegal alien children, then we have to school them and give them free medical care.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSe3C5vMafM&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_ZnX9JRo5M&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLJxmJZXgNI

I for one, am sick and tired of these illegal aliens snubbing their nose at our immigration laws and the many other laws of this Country. If our Federal Government can not ENFORCE our immigration laws, and get these illegal aliens out of this Country, then let the States do it! One way or another, an end has to come to this illegal immigration, and not with AMNESTY! Amnesty will only encourage more illegal aliens to invade our Country and reward those who broke our laws and raped the American taxpayer in many ways...depressing our wages, taking our jobs, overwhelming our schools with their illegal alien children, driving without a license or car insurance, all the crime from stolen identities to rape, drugs and everything else.

It's time for ZERO TOLERENCE with these illegal aliens. It's time for them get out of this Country and back in their own Country where they belong. When we get rid of the illegal aliens, we will get rid of all the problems that go with them. THAT IS A FACT! Does that sound racists?

WELL, IT'S NOT!

A group that supports solely Hispanic illegal aliens is calling someone a “poster boy for divisiveness?”

How many (illegal) rights groups are there? Who's the real racist here? It's not Bob Kellar.

"Illegals hate Americans"? Now where did you get that from, the KKK? And Brenda, just who are you talking about when you say they" refuse to assimilate"? Do you realize how ignorant that statement is? There is no truth to it at all! You don't believe me? Then find me a third generation American that is not assimilated. Typically assimilation is a generational process spanning three generations. Pointing at recent immigrants and claiming that they are refusing to assimilate is more than just ignorant and self-serving, it's hateful!!

Yes, illegal immigration is absolutely wrong!

All these opportunistic leeches of a people who have come to this country to escape religious persecution and to attempt to enter into this country to use up all of OUR precious resources for their own personal gain. I think this is absolutely wrong and SHOULD BE CORRECTED IMMEDIATELY!!!

So.......All you of British, European, Danish, Scottish, African,Asian descent .....Get the HELL OUT!!!

Over the last 500 years, ALL OF YOU have illegally entered into this country.

The true indigenous people of this land are the Mayas, the Aztecs, the Native Americans.

Punto!!

Immigrant's rights group? You mean illegal alien rights group. Let's face the truth, illegal aliens will NOT get another amnesty, NO WAY! Americans will NEVER accept another amnesty. The old racist argument doesn't work anymore. We're tired of that ploy. They can't justify illegal immigration so they try calling it racism. HA!HA!HA! There is no such thing as a law abiding illegal alien. Enforce our immigration laws and deport every last illegal alien in the country. The free ride is over, we're broke! ILLEGAL ALIENS GO HOME!

Louweegie, "It's about the law and protecting our citizens"? Really it has "nothing" to do with racism? Just read what BeautyQueen wrote. Making false and hateful comments is not about the law or about protecting our citizens. Do you really think that repeating what we've been doing, throwing billions and billions of dollars on border patrols and fences along our southern border makes us more secure? Against what? Look, there are millions of "illegal immigrants" that did not enter "illegally". How long and at what cost will it take to ever come close to removing them all? According to the best estimates, we don't have enough money for such an endeavor. Two, if it's about protecting our citizens which approach accomplishes that goal best? Deportations and jailing people is too costly, will never be effective. and is extremely inefficient. Amnesty, can be done virtually overnight and will screen and identify applicants at their own expense. Amnesty will accomplish more, in less time, more efficiently and at virtually no cost as compared to enforcement only measures. When it comes to protecting our citizens Amnesty wins hands down against what the Anti immigrant crowd proposes! Louweegie, the law is just a convenient excuse for nefarious groups and individuals with ulterior motives.

Attention race card immigrant groups....Three is a little something in the USA called the First Amendment to the Constitution. It's PR like this which is why Americans do not want immigration reform.

I see nothing wrong with the councilman's remarks. The immigrant rights people's anticipated course of action will go nowhere....nor should it.

 
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