As long as Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is around to refer to Latino immigrants as dogs and "drug mules", there will be no shortage of homegrown lunacy in the movement to kill immigration reform. But even the most dedicated US citizen immigrant-haters may have to look overseas if they want to find real talent in their specialty.

If there were such a thing as an extraordinary ability visa for anti-immigrant bigotry, a good place to look for someone who might qualify as being among the few at the very top of his field would be Christchurch, New Zealand, the home of far right firebrand writer and US Tea Party supporter Trevor Loudon.

Loudon, it seems, has made a "discovery" about US immigration reform which even its most rabid opponents (to borrow from Steve King's use of canine imagery) in the US seem to have overlooked: it is all a Communist plot.

Writing on a site called Loudon offers his 'insight' into where the support for immigration reform is coming from. His title is self-explanatory: Communists Push 'Immigration Reform' - Only the Tea Party Can Stop Them

Citing what he claims to be a July 1 CPUSA National Committee report supporting CIR, Loudon writes:

"Why is the Communist Party so hell-bent on 'immigration reform'? Because they understand that Latinos vote at least 70% Democrat. That 12 million more Latino voters will turn the entire Southwest, including Texas , into an impregnable Democratic party stronghold.

That will effectively turn the United States of America into a Democratic one-party state -
for all time.

As the Communists and Socialists effectively control the Democratic party, it will be game over for liberty...

The Tea Party CAN AND MUST stop this treasonous deal going through."
(Emphasis in the original.)

The public statements against reform by anti-immigrant House Republicans may be somewhat more restrained. But Trevor Loudon's rants may express the bitter hostility to CIR that they, or at least their Tea Party constituents, feel better than anything than even Steve King might be willing to say in public.

It is also not a coincidence that during the civil rights era, one of the most common canards leveled against Martin Luther King and many other opponents of racial segregation was that they were allegedly carrying out a Communist agenda. King, especially, was subjected to severe harassment by FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover.

This is only one of many similarities between the fight for equality and human rights for Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern and black immigrants now, and the battle for justice and equality for African-Americans a half century ago, which is also still continuing in the face of white supremacist opposition.