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9500 Liberty (documentary filmmakers Eric Byler, Annabel Park, and Jeff Man)

"9500 Liberty" is the name of a documentary dealing with the immigration issue in Prince William County, Virginia. It was presented as balanced, but it was actually far-left, supportive of illegal immigration, and biased against white people. For instance, see youtube.com/watch?v=29WTKbpYhag where they present an older white gentleman in a bad light, footage that they repurposed at least one other time to make the same point; they wouldn't attempt to do the same with someone who's non-white (see if you can find anything like that on any of their dozens of videos).

They also promoted videos featuring Stephen Fuller of George Mason University promoting profiting from illegal immigration without disclosing that he was Chief Economist of a local bank.

Those involved are: Eric Byler, Annabel Park, and Jeff Man.

The first two are also leaders of the Coffee Party Movement, bringing the 9500Liberty magic to the opposition to the tea parties. The former will no doubt support massive/illegal immigration, an issue that the latter ignores; neither group represents the interests of the majority of Americans who want illegal immigration reduced.

Last modified Feb 26, 2010
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9500 Liberty immigration documentary on MTV (NY Times, Tea Parties) - 09/07/10

The 9500 Liberty pro-illegal immigration documentary will be shown on MTV on September 26; see the link for the details on that film. Two years ago, Youtube started promoting them and that was followed by the Washington Post and other sources, and that's not because it's a balanced treatment of the immigration issue but rather because they're on the pro-illegal immigration side.

Robb Pearson voluntary confesses, now supports migrant "rights" (9500 Liberty) - 01/08/09

The passive-aggressive racists at the Youtube-promoted 9500 Liberty are back with a new video, this one featuring one Robb Pearson, a former leader of a small anti-illegal immigration group (Morristown, New Jersey rally described here) who's since recanted and now supports illegal immigration due to his belief that opposition to illegal activity is motivated by racism. I didn't watch the videos (Part 1 here), but feel free to do so in my stead and let me know whether it's similar in any way to videotaped "confessions" from the Soviet Union. Note this unverified comment from ALIPAC at that link:

The immigration enforcement movement outed this guy's best buddy, David Marlett of Pro America Companies, as a mole for the opposition. I'm starting to wonder if both of them worked together from the beginning to pull this routine. From watching this video, I can tell this guy has no backbone and could easily serve as a shapeshifter for the Pro Illegals

Pearson denies it, but in any case, consider this from his July 2008 post describing his "transformation" (link):

To me this issue, among many other human issues, is no longer about politics or nationalism or the artificial fear-based notion of "sovereignty". It is an issue of our common humanity, and the Oneness that transcends social and political boundaries.

In other words, he's a One World loon without a clue. He might not understand sovereignty, but the leaders of other countries certainly do. They would gladly take anything from us that they could get away with if we let our guard down, and in the case of Mexico they're quite open about using our weaknesses to obtain political power inside the U.S. Pearson might not care to deal with sovereignty, but the only reason he's not speaking another language as a subject of another country is because throughout our history others have cared enough to fight for our sovereignty. Whether Pearson was a mole or not, he's clearly a weak-minded fool.

Stephen Fuller/George Mason University: are you sure you're a professor of public policy? - 04/25/08

[The money followed in the update, and also see the 9500 Liberty page.]

Stephen Fuller/Stephen S. Fuller of George Mason University - supposedly a professor of public policy - is featured on the latest video from 9500 Liberty. On the video (called "IMMIGRATION Crackdown HURTS Our Economy", link) he discusses the dire consequences of Prince William County in northern Virginia trying to do something about illegal immigration in their county. Oddly enough, for the several minutes that Fuller basically says the same thing over and over, he only discusses direct economic effects and certainly doesn't sound to me like an intellectually honest public policy expert.

He doesn't, for instance, discuss how businesses profiting from illegal activity isn't good public policy. Yet, one might expect a real professor of public policy to do that, no?

He doesn't discuss how massive illegal immigration is a symptom of massive government corruption, something one might expect a real professor of public policy to do.

He doesn't discuss the social welfare costs of massive illegal immigration. He doesn't discuss other non-financial costs, such as the cost of giving even more political power inside the U.S. to foreign governments and to homegrown racial demagogues like Walter Tejada or extremist groups like Mexicanos Sin Fronteras. Those are costs, and based on his bio (link), one might expect him to be honest and knowledgeable enough to factor them into the equation.

Not only that, but - believe it or don't - he says this:

The state makes transfer payments to the schools based on the number of school children. Start losing schoolchildren, you qualify for less money.

That's Homer Simpsonian in its stupidity, considering that those transfer payments have to come from somewhere.

He offers that argument, and he completely fails to point out any of the public policy negatives related to illegal immigration or even massive immigration. So, is he really a professor of public policy, or is he something else?

Please send him a polite email asking him what he is exactly: sfuller2 *at* gmu.edu

Note also that GMU is home to other intellectual superstars like Bryan Caplan, Donald Boudreaux, Tyler Cowen, and Alex Tabarrok of Open Letter on Immigration fame.

UPDATE: Fuller is back in yet another video, this called "Immigration Myths with Dr. Stephen S. Fuller, PhD" (link). He doesn't discuss any myths and he still doesn't discuss any negatives of what he supports.

And, 9500 Liberty doesn't disclose that in 2007 he was named Chief Economist of Cardinal Bank, which also agreed to sponsor the Metropolitan Washington Economic Index from the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis. Fuller is the Director of that Center (policy.gmu.edu/people/Fuller.html).

Steve Grove/Youtube still promoting 9500 Liberty's pro-illegal immigration propaganda - 04/25/08

Filmmakers Eric Byler, Annabel Park, and Jeff Man run "9500Liberty", a pro-illegal immigration online documentary project discussing issues in northern Virginia (youtube.com/user/9500Liberty). In the past they've resorted to re-re-re-repurposing supposedly controversial comments from an older white gentleman in an attempt to racially demagogue the issue, but now they're back with a new video called "IMMIGRATION Crackdown HURTS Our Economy" (link) featuring the thoughts of supposed professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, Stephen Fuller.

Like their other efforts, the video is being promoted by Youtube for an unknown reason. I'm going to assume that they haven't paid Youtube for the promotion and the latter company is doing it for free for one reason or other, possibly even related to their corporate goals of increasing skilled immigration (Laszlo Bock; link). And, I'm going to assume that their hack political editor, Steve Grove, is at least partly responsible for the promotion. I don't think that's an unfair assumption, considering Grove posts like this:

One of the most poignant examples we've seen of the immigration debate on YouTube has come from 9500Liberty, a channel started by Eric Byler to highlight the immigration battle taking place in Prince William County, Virginia. 9500 Liberty is the address of an intersection where immigration protests became heated after local policy makers debated an ordinance denying certain rights to local immigrants.

Those "immigrants" are actually illegal aliens, and the ordinance involved trying not to give them rights to which they aren't entitled. The quote above follows Grove using the intentionally misleading euphemism "undocumented workers".

Related:
We're all going to regret giving Youtube so many links (note that I put nofollow tags on the Youtube links above)

Nick Miroff promotes 9500Liberty pro-illegal immigration documentary (Eric Byler) - 11/03/07

A documentary about the immigration situation in Northern Virginia from independent filmmakers Eric Byler, Annabel Park, and Jeff Man is currently being serialized on the web: youtube.com/9500Liberty. Nick Miroff of the Washington Post promotes it in "Raw Look at Immigration Crucible". Both he and a member of the local Minuteman Civil Defense Corps say they're balanced. However, a glance at the videos casts a great deal of doubt on that, and Miroff admits that both Byler and Park volunteered for the James Webb campaign. In fact:

"Watching George Allen look into the camera and point and say you are not the real Virginia, the real Virginia is the people who are laughing with me at you, reminded me of this whole thing that was never resolved," Byler said.

What a creative retelling of events. Whatever the issue with Macaca, the "real" statement wasn't directed at the cameraman: it was meant to draw a contrast between where Allen was and where Webb was at that moment, namely in Hollywood. Since Byler can't get that right, don't expect the videos to be much better.

A sample video is at: youtube.com/watch?v=k_Dw1ioGPGY Someone who might be refered to as an old coot objects to people speaking Spanish and has other old cootish concerns. For this the commentors on the video call him a racist. The overall impact of this segment is to portray Hispanics as oppressed victims of people like him.

However, the issues on that segment go much deeper, and both the filmmakers and Miroff appear to be too steeped in leftwing ideology to recognize those issues. Here's his first paragraph, refering to this video:

In one video, a man furious about hearing Spanish at a hardware store berates a group of Latino families with a lecture on American history, telling them "my ancestors were here before the Constitution." A little girl shyly reminds him: "The Indians were here before the Americans."

And, someone else says that the Europeans came here illegally. What Miroff and Byler don't pick up on is that we're importing people who think they have a race-based claim on our land. And, they're expressing that claim and using it as justification for coming here contrary to our laws.

That theme is also included in a clip called "Hispanic Children Will One Day Rise" (youtube.com/watch?v=HyzMOcjITvI); that's a quote from a black high school teacher (Patrick Garland) who spoke at a meeting of the Prince William County board after which they passed a Proposition 200-style ordinance (link). He spoke against the ordinance, and, on the video, he also says that, because we're a nation of immigrants, we're "in no position to say that this is our country."

Obviously, if we can't say who can come here, then we've not only got open borders we have no control over our country and in fact we no longer have a country.

Bearing in mind that YT is pretty much at the AOL level when it comes to political debate, the comments left on the videos show the dangers inherent in allowing mass immigration by those who can pretend to have some race-based right to come here at will. A few examples from different people are in the extended entry.

UPDATE: They've re-edited the old coot's episode here: youtube.com/watch?v=29WTKbpYhag

With that, they've revealed their hand: their goal is engaging in base racial demagoguery, not fostering debate.

3/2/10 UPDATE: Due to the switch to a new CMS, the formatting in the following got mixed up, confusing me in the other recent update that was here. In any case, the following are the Youtube video comments left by others referred to three paragraphs up, delimited by dashes; whether some of these should be run together is lost to the sands of time:

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"America is the land of immigrants" who has the right to say "this is our country" the Native Americans are the one who should be able to say it, not Anglo-American.

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coming from an half african and mexican male.i love my people and this land was ours and don't tell me my people had nothing to do with building this country.we built this country.

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by-the-way. that old man has no more claim to live here than any of thoseb legal hispanics, his people came to America and persecuted my ancestors [the filmmakers posted a reply saying they wanted to interview that poster]

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That old white guy needs to go to school. Every race here except for the Natives shouldn't be here. It was rightfully their land before the white people.

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BTW I am not hispanic but I feel for them.some parts of Mexico was forcefully taken in violence hence California,Colorado,Texas now U.S.A..

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you said it, this land is stolen... so, Mexicans are just recovering it

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the fact that europeans have been illegal in this country since 1492 doesnt seem to cross anyone's mind

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They think they own the land that they are on right now, and think it always belonged to them. When in all actuality it belonged\belongs to the Indians.

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The Native Americans were in the country first until a pack of people from another country decide to take it over. Some Hispanics (primarily Mexicans) are mixed of European and Native American blood, so technically his "we were here first" argument is completely invalidated by that fact alone.

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When each group(Irish, German, Italian) came to this stolen country they had their languages they spoke and if you were in a deli or store you heard it. We slaughtered the Native Americans and as far as this side of the world Natives of South America were here first. We shot and killed and stole land from them. I dare you to find me a spoiled white kid who is willing to leave their ipod or X box to work when their parents hand them everything.

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If that american guy actually studied HIS history he would know that the americans as we know it today KILLED all the natives and claimed this land as theirs.