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‘You’re all f*cking illegal!’ Native American man confronts anti-immigration protesters (VIDEO)

The video, which lasts a little over a minute, shows the man confronting an anti-immigration rally along a busy street. He repeatedly tells the protesters that they are “all illegal” and then points to himself and says, “We’re the only Native Americans here.”

A recent video garnering attention on the internet shows a Native American man heckling anti-illegal immigration protesters.

The video, which lasts a little over a minute, shows the man confronting an anti-immigration rally along a busy street. He repeatedly tells the protesters that they are “all illegal” and then points to himself and says, “We’re the only Native Americans here.”

“We should have put that sign up when you sonofabitches came!” he says turning towards a protester hoisting an anti-immigration sign.

He then turns to another man who is holding a sign (which isn’t visible) and an American flag. Pointing to the flag, the heckler says, “That represents blood spilled by Native Americans.”

Regardless of what you think of his methods, he points out a powerful dichotomy within the immigration debate which can’t be ignored.

Watch the video below.

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  2. The Observer

    February 7, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Brave man!

  3. Melvin Thayer

    February 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    No we’re not illegal. Yes Native Americans were here first, but illegals are here illegal because of the violation of U.S. Law. Nobody wants to curb legal immigration, So the man here and all others with the same message is comparing apples to oranges.

  4. Bonnie B Maheson

    February 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Good lord! Do you really believe his “tribe” was the first….? There are all sorts of immigration patterns onto this continent. Native Americans (what ever that means) are no more native than we are. It is all a matter of time. When did they come?
    But it is also a matter of intent. We are not killing native Americans now. In fact they have all sorts of protections and benefits. Many consider themselves victims and stay on the “reservation.” But others have left, gone to college, started businesses, succeeded…..
    Fussing about what happened in the past is one of the most futile wastes of time.

  5. Will

    February 7, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    @Bonnie: Except for that whole “Doomed to repeat the past” thing. I can’t really blame you, most education systems only think it’s necessary to preach to the choir on these matters.

  6. Glenn

    February 8, 2013 at 7:30 am

    On this matter, citing US Law is akin to citing German Law in Nazi-occupied France.

  7. Marvin

    February 8, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Really, so immigration law is now somehow Facist. Tell me Glenn what other laws are Facist. Insinuating that I am a Facist by comparing my opinion to Nazi’s because of my opinion on immigration smacks of one who doesn’t know what they are talking about. Their argument has no merit, and they just resort to name calling. Is Mexico Facist because they have a stricter immigraton policy than us? Every country has a right to curb immigration, and so do we as a country.

  8. Glenn Olson

    February 13, 2013 at 10:24 am

    You miss the point Marvin. It is not the fascism I compare you to, but the act of occupying the lands of another nation and enforcing your laws on their people by means of military power.

  9. TwoCrows

    February 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Bonnie,you obviously have NO clue what you’re talking about.I AM Native,and the genocide,torture&rape of our people HASN’T stopped,not by a long shot.The horrific schools we got shipped off to still continue,as does the abuse we endure once there.DSS,especially in The Dakotas,illegally takes Native Children from their homes,places them with non-native families for adoption against parents will,and since they label ALL Native children as”special needs”,they get MASSIVE payouts from The Govt.for each child in Foster Care,&adopting them out as well.Over 3000 Native women are either missing or have been murdered near The Canadian Border and NOTHING is being done about it.we DON’T live on The Rez because we think we are”victims”,Jesus monkey- spanking Christ on a pogo stick,that’s THE most ignorant,idiotic statement I’ve seen.We stay for the SAME reason most people stay in a geographic area,it’s where our FAMILIES,what’s left of them anyway,still are.It’s where we can still practice our ways of Life,our Spirituality,teach our children what it really means to be Native(although our kids still get suspended for speaking their native tongue in school,even at recess).We stay because not only can we not afford to leave,there’s nowhere to go to.Exactly where the hell else would we go outside the Rez,poor dilapidated Communities in your ghettos?Gee,THAT
    would be an upswing.NOT.they are every bit as bad as Rez’s.I’ve lived on both sides of this equation,so I DO know what i’m talking about.continued discrimination against us,especially in states with large Rez’s,makes finding a job almost impossible.

    You’re talking about folks who in NO way have an”equal’shot,nor do we get to start out on”equal footing”.We,like most of America’s poor,are coming into Life starting in the Negative Integers,and spend most of our lives just playing catch up to baseline start,where those of white privilege get dropped from their Mother’s Arses from&are CLUELESS about how reality really works,like yourself.Since you’ve never had to deal with such things,never seen it,you just can’t fathom how barbaric&awful things truly are here in America because your life has been all Howdy Doody&Wonderbread.A fair shot,That’s all we&every other poor person,especially of color is asking for here,including those who have been raised here since childhood from parents who immigrated “illegally”(silly term there)We have very few ‘Amenities” as you all call it,like doctors,medical Care,hell,even electricity&Food are scarce on most.Economic Opportunity is all but non-existent,and tribes with Casinos do NOT all”spread the wealth”around.We are constantly under attack by Big Oil&other Multinational Murderers,who terrorize even our Grandmothers(skinning ones dog alive&leaving it on the porch because she was part of a sit in to block them from ILLEGALLY coming onto the Rez to Frack.).

    Our Police are all Federal Corruption,and even though we made alcohol illegal ON the Rez,Budweiser&other Corporate Giants STILL set up shop right outside The Rezs&peddle their death,as well as pay to have it illegally shipped inside.We fight it,and once agin,NOTHING ever gets done.Our infrastructure is non-existent,and contrary to the propaganda your ilk fell for(much more convenient when lying to yourselves),we do NOT get all the “benefits”you think we do.Leave you say?WITH WHAT?Most of us don’t have enough Money to buy food,let alone move.And then what,abandon the rest of our families who aren’t as fortunate?We fight like mad to get all this on the news,even just one iota,but thanks to continued racism,it NEVER happens.If people knew what REALLY went on in Rez’s,what Big corporations&The Govt.itself gets away with,there would be a firestorm,and Exxon,BP and all the rest simply can’t have that.WHEN are you racist fools going to figure out that we are the proverbial canaries in the coal mine?What they get away with doing to us eventually works it’s way to YOU,it comes in YOUR backyard,YOUR hometown,and suddenly these things aren’t just some remote problem us”scary brown people”have to deal with,it’s*GASP*made it to white suburbia,and by then,your boiled alive.too late,we’re ALL screwed then,because until it hits you folks,nothing ever changes.When white Suburbia gets threatened,then&ONLY then does anything EVER get accomplished in the U.S.then,Manifest Destiny manifests it’s ugly head in YOUR lives,and that God you all seems so sure was gung ho to murder us isn’t so mice after all,because THAT God only cares about one thing:MONEY.WAKE UP.

    People around the World know better what goes on that you&everyone else here in America.So I suggest you either get a REAL education or shut your pie hole,because all the Manifest Destiny,victim blaming,racism&Bullshi* you all try to spew DOESN’T cover the fact that you are STILL illegally occupying OUR land after all these years(NO the so called”Contracts”used to steal it AREN’T legal),and you’re even more illegal than those who come from South America&Mexico.they at least are part native from the tribes there,some full,who also have to deal with foreign,bloodthirsty Invaders to THEIR lands that have left them like us,destitute,hungry&still being exterminated daily.Truth hurts,and NOTHING your ilk can do will appease a true conscience,but then that’s your problem,you all substitute’it’s god’s will” for YOUR responsibility,YOUR destructive Greed and Conscience,and THAT is what kills us all&destroys the Planet,and we only get one of those.

  10. Deborah Davis Delacruz

    March 21, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Thank you!

  11. Renida Taylor

    March 26, 2013 at 3:31 am

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here, but I really don’t think Native Americans just popped into existence in North America.. they came from somewhere, too..My point is that it’s a false analogy to compare what settling the wide open and borderless continent of North America (and do NOT take this to mean in any way that I justify what was done to the Native Americans) and a sovereign nation with borders and immigration laws as we have today.

  12. jett nulligan

    April 13, 2013 at 5:03 am

    dude u killed it. all these ignorant spoiled assholes need to do is read ”a peoples history of the united states” by howard zinn. it would open some eyes. i will look around online and anywhere i can and try to spread as much of a word as i can about the terrible shit that is still going on. i have no trouble believing any of it.

  13. Tabitha Mellor

    April 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Brilliant reply and analysis

  14. R J

    April 26, 2013 at 3:34 am

    VERY well said. sadly every thing you stated is true. and far more. here in California there are tribes that white politicians have decided are not even Legally tribes anymore. simply to make sure they can not recieve ANY benefits from the govt. (healthcare/education of any kind) who has the right to do that?? apparently old white men THINK they can.. hang in there

  15. Sam

    July 9, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Your laws do not apply to Indians who live on reservations so this law would not apply or can be enforced on tribal land in arizona and Mexicans are native Americans also their ancestors were there 15,000 years before your’s ever got there. America exists on the blood of Indians who died trying to preserve what little they have left and Arizona is a joke with their laws, and if ever they stop a Native American and I want to what would happen with that most likely a battle they wish the didnt have!

  16. Sam

    July 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Yes they came from Siberia 15,000 years ago but compared to European population in 500 years is nothing compared to how long our ancestors have lives here. I’m Mexican but I’m definitely a mestiza which is what we are people of European and native ancestry! Most whites in the states don’t even have a drop of native blood and I’m half native and they say we are the illegal ones? BS the hypocrisy is laughable!

  17. Maia

    May 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I am an Ojibwe woman, I have had my blood taken for a gene analysis. I am NOT related to Asians, Siberians nor the Inuit. My closest relatives are other Native Tribes. It is a popular Archeologist theory that some Native American Tribes where here when the land mass spilt from Pangaea to the continents there are today. If you are going to argue, then argue with intelligence not ignorance!

  18. Becca Granato

    November 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Regardless if they came 1,000 or 500,000 more years before the European settlers, the basic TRUTH is, they were living here in the America’s relatively peaceful (except for inter-tribal wars for a long time before any of us Europeans set foot in the Americas. So technically, they owned the land, we didn’t ask, we just took it, thinking “bunch of savages” wouldn’t know the difference. Why, because we had already used up most of the resources in Europe. Look at the United Kingdom. Do you notice how little “forest” they have? Well there’s a reason for that!

  19. Kelly

    November 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    All that matters is the came before you and were settled and peaceful. The country was clean and plentiful with resources and wildlife. Native Americans are the original inhabitants though their earliest ancestors did migrate from ancient Asia but the point is they didn’t come committing genocide and ethnic cleansing out of fear and racism

  20. Carrie Bubb

    November 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    All your argument means is that you have no respect for the Native American laws that were flaunted when the Europeans came. You are saying that our curreny standard for “legal” is the only one that matters. When Europeans came, they flaunted the existing law of the land and set up their own laws.

  21. Kevin

    November 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Godwin’s Law

  22. Cathy

    November 22, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Well said TwoCrows.

  23. Trace

    November 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Beautifully said, TwoCrows. I’m only part Cherokee, but all the reasons you talk about are EXACTLY the reasons why my great grandparents didn’t register on the Oklahoma roll. My heart aches every day. I’ve lost my heritage and my heritage is getting trampled on.

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