Bill Greene had a campaign protest the other day outside a Salvation Army. The Metro Spirit, not exactly an unbiased source, chronicled the protest and, contrary to Greene’s claims, claims that no illegal aliens actually use the job board for day laborers at the Salvation Army.
Bill Greene, founder of rightmarch.com — a right-wing answer to “the socialist wannabe’s [sic] at MoveOn.org” — says illegal immigration “is the most pressing issue we have today.”
Last Friday at 3 p.m. “sharp,” the Republican candidate held a press conference with Minuteman co-founder Chris Simcox outside the Salvation Army on Greene Street. Greene’s campaign called it “a notorious ‘day laborer’ pickup site in Augusta.”
“I didn’t pick this spot,” Greene told reporters. “Local Minutemen picked this spot.”“We know what’s going on. We know what’s happening here,” he said. “We need to secure our borders now. We can’t afford amnesty.”
The site is indeed a gathering point for casual laborers. But they are there with the blessing of the Salvation Army, which posts contact information for day-labor employers on its front door. Those who wait for work by the railroad tracks every morning are, by and large, black American men.