The flyers were stuffed in orange plastic bags. Weighted down with small stones, they were tossed near newspapers, on driveways along Roseville Road.
“Illegals Are Invading!” one said. Above a black-and-white drawing of a menacing-looking person — it’s hard to tell whether he’s an “illegal” or a vigilante — are these words:
Illegal aliens are invading your neighborhood. More come everyday (sic), taking your jobs and costing taxpayers billions of dollars every year in health care costs and an increased need for police and other services.
Four paragraphs later, it concludes:
What can you do? Join the fight against illegal immigration and the problems that come with it!
The second flyer — featuring a map of the US, with crude black arrows pointing from Mexico to the Northeast, Midwest and Northwest — asks: “Immigration or INVASION?” It continues:
If current trends continue Americans will be a minority in their own country in less than 50 years. Illegals are turning America into a third-world slum. They come for welfare, or to take our jobs and bring with them drugs, crime and disease. Let’s send them home NOW!
Both flyers invite recipients to contact “NEWP.” That’s North East White Pride — I had to google it, because (I’m guessing) whoever made the flyers knew the full name would be incendiary. A link to NEWP, a Massachusetts address and a phone number were provided. (The NEWP website says it’s been “supporting white, working class communities since 2003.”)
Setting aside the obvious question — are “illegals” really invading Roseville Road and taking jobs from Westporters? — “06880” has this to say:
Man up. Provide a local contact. NEWP members didn’t drive from Massachusetts to toss plastic bags on Westport driveways. At least 1 local person is behind this venom.
You have every right to distribute anti-“illegal” literature. This country was founded on the principle of free speech, and “06880” will defend staunchly your right to say whatever you want, about whomever you want — as odious as your flyers may be. It’s the American way.
But at least let us know who you are. That’s the American way too.