May 25, 2006

Ken Paulson
Editor
USA TODAY
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22108-0605

Dear Mr. Paulson:

American Border Patrol (ABP), a non-profit, 501 c (3) corporation in good standing, specializes in the application of high technology to the border problem. We led the way in the use of UAVs. We are leading in the application of GPS technology.

I have enclosed a copy of a DVD report recently sent to Congress. Entitled The U.S. Border Patrol: How it Works, and Why It Doesn't. It shows clearly that we are providing a valuable service to our nation.

In the May 17, 2006, issue of USA Today a story by Kevin Johnson included the following:

Tension over illegal immigration is contributing to a rise in hate groups and hate crimes across the nation, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. It says that racist groups are using the immigration debate as a rallying cry.

One of those groups is American Border Patrol. Its efforts have included rounding up illegal immigrants and turning them over to law enforcement. The Southern Poverty Law Center has accused ABP of abusing and illegally detaining immigrants, and the center lists ABP as a hate group.

ABP's director, Glenn Spencer, is a vocal critic of illegal immigration but says his group has done nothing wrong."Our borders are unprotected, and the (U.S.) Border Patrol is derelict in its duty," Spencer says. "We are trying to help by any means necessary."

ABP has never detained anyone, illegal immigrant or otherwise. We do not and never have done what you call a "round up" illegal immigrants. We observe and document the problems of illegal immigration into the United States.

We have never abused anyone.

And we are not a hate group.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a radical anti-American group known for its lies and distortions.

Your story appeared during a heated debate in the Senate of the United States over illegal immigration. It appears to have been timed to destroy the credibility of American Border Patrol, author of the above-mentioned report to the Congress on the Border Patrol, leaving us no chance to respond before the final Senate vote was taken.

The ABP Border Patrol DVD report includes mention of Dr. Robert Bach, formerly with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and points to his role in the undermining of immigration law enforcement during the Clinton Administration. We understand Dr. Bach is now linked to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Our report was truthful and powerful; more the reason for enemies of the United States such as Dr. Robert Bach and his SPLC friends to discredit us.

A process of discovery would reveal that USA Today engaged in this libelous attack on American Border Patrol and me in close concert with the Southern Poverty Law Center. Not only is your behavior libelous, it is treasonous as it advances the Mexican conquest of the American Southwest.

On behalf of American Border Patrol I am demanding a full and complete retraction of this false representation of the work of American Border Patrol.

Sincerely,

 

Glenn Spencer
President