NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police officials have declined to pursue criminal charges against a group behind a series of anti-immigration flyers posted across the city last week, local officials said.
The flyers proclaimed that “America is a white nation” and that any “illegal aliens” should be promptly reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), even providing the number to the US Department of Homeland Security investigations tipline.
Also at the bottom of the flyer is a web address to the Patriot Front, a white supremacist group. The web address uses the words “Blood and Soil,” making a reference to the Nazi slogan which was repeatedly chanted at white supremacist and Nazi rallies at Charlottesville this summer.
“Although we recognize that the message conveyed in the flyers can be offensive to many, the language does not meet the criteria of a criminally bias incident or any other criminal statue,” said police spokesperson Captain JT Miller.
New Brunswick has a large undocumented immigrant population, most of whom are Hispanic.
However just last week, a 27-year-old New Brunswick man who fled with his family from Bulgaria at the age of two was deported back to the country, according to a report from the Asbury Park Press.
City officials said that the flyers were promptly removed, citing local ordinance violations, according to Miller.
In addition, the “officers assigned to the downtown area (as well as City-wide) have been instructed to be vigilant for individuals posting such materials,” Miller added.
“Upon learning of the presence of the flyer, our city officials had them promptly removed from the places upon which they were posted,” said city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw.
Bradshaw continued, “Offensive rhetoric of this sort has no place in our community, where we celebrate our diversity.”
Local activist groups, such as the Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless Wars (CJCAEW), have been taking down the flyers and putting up counterflyers.
One such flyer read “America is an Immigrant Nation.” Other groups, such as the Central Jersey chapter of the International Workers of the World (IWW), have been providing tips for how to remove flyers.
“If they’re glued on you can use anything that dissolves a sort of oil-based, because usually glue or adhesives have an oil-base to them,” said Joe Xtarr, part of the IWW’s Central Jersey chapter.
“There’s a part of me that actually wants people to see that they’re there and covered,” Xtarr said. “But completely taking them down too is absolutely fine.”
TAPinto New Brunswick is partnering with ProPublica to track hate crimes in the region. The partnership is part of a nationwide project to track and report bias incidents across the country.