Leading anti-immigrant groups such as Numbers USA, FAIR, and the Center for Immigration Studies have cited the activism of Zack Taylor as proof that border patrol agents are strongly opposed to immigration reform.
Taylor, who runs the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, regularly appears on right-wing radio shows to spout anti-reform arguments and yesterday stopped by VCY America’s “Crosstalk,” where he revealed himself to be a far-right conspiracy theorist.
After one caller said President Obama is “planning on having major crises in this country” such as “pandemics and possible nuclear strikes,” Taylor floated fears about FEMA internment camps and coffins based on articles he read on the always-reliable internet:
This is just stuff that’s been for years showing up on the internet about him trying to find large detention space that is available, about having — it’s not body bags — temporary or makeshift coffins to handle 200 million deaths. Two million is significant, but 200 million is catastrophic. These are all rumors that are persistent rumors and getting a straight answer out of this government is nearly impossible, it’s almost like you’re better off believing the opposite of what they tell you.
Of course, the internet-based urban legend of disposable FEMA coffins is just that, an urban legend.
When one caller told him about fears that Obama is using immigration “as a distraction to keep us busy” as he invites Belgian and Russian soldiers into America to help him “get ready for martial law,” Taylor said that he is indeed “aware of significant rumors that we are unable to verify.”
Nonetheless, Taylor said United Nations planes are landing at a U.S. base in Arizona.
Taylor also said that unaccompanied minors crossing the border as part of “asymmetrical warfare to destroy the country from within” through “the ancient Asian idea of a death by a thousand cuts.”
“The strategy of asymmetrical warfare is exactly the opposite of conventional warfare, instead of by brute force defeating a nation, it defeats a nation from within by attacking and diminishing its own institutions,” he continued. “They are doing a Cloward-Piven overload of the immigration system.”
He went on to say that Obama is using immigration in order to undermine “jobs and the economy, personal safety, and public health,” adding:
It is distracting the people away from the potential threat of communicable disease, of foreign insurgents being able to get into the country by blending in with the masses coming here, the inability of our border protection people to actually patrol the border because they are sent to do other duties. When you look at it, it is a perfect strategy — there is no doubt, this is a strategy that is being intentionally played out against the United States because it is being done at the behest of the alphabet agencies of the United States and the president.