posted on Jul, 6 2005 @ 09:42 AM
The ACLU has suspended their Las Cruces chapter after one of the board members of that chapter, Clifford Alford, tries to start a Minuteman-style
project in the state. Originally, they demanded Alford's resignation. According to Alford, whom I saw on the O'Reilly Factor last night, that
chapter's board consisted of three fairly right wing conservatives, Alford included, three fairly left wing liberals, and the rest were moderates.
When the ACLU demanded his resignation, the entire board stood up for him, stating that it promoted diversity in their ranks, and what better way to
monitor the Minutemen project than to have members of the ACLU running it.
The ACLU's stance is that it does not support racism, and anyone trying to stop illegal aliens from getting into the country is, ipso facto, a
racist, so Alford cannot be permitted to speak with any authority for the ACLU. "We will not tolerate racism and vigilantism in the leadership
structure of our organization,'' Mitchell said. "They are repugnant to the principles of civil liberties and the mission of the ACLU.'' Gary
Mitchell is a Ruidoso attorney and president of the ACLU board of directors.