Republican congressional candidate (and Asheville City Council member) Carl Mumpower is planning a protest Saturday morning June 28 in Hendersonville over a visit by the Mexican Consulate. The consulate will be offering that country’s Consular Matricula I.D. cards, which Mumpower believes only serve to condone illegal immigration.
Mumpower sent word of the planned protest at Blue Ridge Community College to supporters, the media and others on his e-mail list on June 27. The action comes just a few weeks after Mumpower said he would support the impeachment of President George W. Bush over his failure to enforce U.S. immigration laws
“The Saturday morning protest is coming together. We have 60 flags and posters for participants and will get more if needed,” he said in one of his campaign e-mails. “It’s early, but this protest is the right thing, at the right time, and at the right place,” he asserted, saying he planned a “peaceful and enthusiastic demonstration of our concerns.”
See below for the full text of Mumpower’s initial e-mail outlining the rationale for the protest.
— Hal L. Millard, staff writer
An anticipated Friday and Saturday visit by the Mexican Consulate to the Blue Ridge Community campus in Hendersonville is subject to protest according to a spokesman for the Mumpower for Congress Committee. The visit is being sponsored by the Latino Advocacy Coalition of Henderson County, who have rented space at the campus for those interested in receiving a “Consular Matricula” I.D. card from the Mexican Embassy. According to Lee Anna Haney, a spokesperson for the college, North Carolina is one of the few states that recognize the Consular Matricula I.D. card as a valid form of identification to obtain a state driver’s license.
Ron Woodard of North Carolina Listen, a non-profit group targeting illegal immigration issues, has shared concerns with the school that the consular I.D.‘s make it easier to remain in America illegally. “It also appears that this event is to assist illegal immigrants in general with recommendations and other information,” said Woodard.
A request by North Carolina Listen to monitor the event was declined by the Blue Ridge College administration. “As to your group’s desire to “monitor” this event that request is denied,” said Ms. Haney. “The College is not the equivalent of a public park. Use of College facilities must comply with our facilities use policy and groups or individuals may not come on campus to monitor other groups.”
The office of 11th District Republican Congressional candidate Carl Mumpower has announced a planned protest of the event. Those interested are invited to meet at the Mumpower for Congress campaign office at Suite 310, One Oak Plaza, in Asheville at 6:15 am for the trip to Hendersonville. There will be a follow-up breakfast gathering at the Upward Road Cracker Barrel at 7:00 with the protest beginning sometime around 8:00 that morning on or about Blue Ridge Community College.
“This activity on a tax supported college campus illustrates our government’s paralysis on illegal immigration; the audacity and double standard of the Mexican government; and the indulgences of those who conspire to appease, support, and otherwise benefit from illegal immigration,” said Mumpower.
“Illegal immigration is the greatest law breaking scheme in America’s history and it is past time for our politicians to be more concerned with enforcing the rule of law and protecting America’s borders than shielding their dignity and getting reelected. This protest has nothing to do with Latinos, immigration, racism or any of the other decoy issues that conspirators use to distract Americans from action. It is simply about one word – illegal.”
Mumpower has been encouraged by supporters and advisors to offer a position statement but otherwise avoid the event. “Concern for image and political correctness has kidnapped accountability and action in America—I have no interest in continuing that theme with my own version of political cowardliness,” said Mumpower. “With our staff and resources, we are in a better position than about anyone in WNC to organize a responsible protest of this event.” “No doubt we will run into hurdles, but we will do what we can and leave the rest in the hands of higher authority.”