Sometimes it helps to know who's on which side of an issue:
The KKK recently held an anti-immigration rally in Russellville [AL] during which it had 20 or so people apply for membership, said Ray Larsen, imperial wizard for the National Knights of the KKK from South Bend Ind. The rally drew a crowd of more than 300 that included a mix of supporters, on-lookers, and a few dozen counter protesters.
Attacks by white supremacists and other extremists also are increasing against legal and illegal immigrants, according to a report released last month by the Anti-Defamation League.
"While most hate crimes targeting Hispanics have not been the work of the extremist groups themselves, the groups' virulent anti-Hispanic rhetoric has contributed to a broader climate of hate," the league said in a statement.
Don Black, a former KKK grand wizard who now runs the white nationalist Web site forum Stormfront, said the immigration issue has increased visits to his Web site to about 25,000 visitors a day, up by about 5,000 a day in the past couple of months.
"A lot of people are going to be attracted to our movement because of it and get a greater understanding of what we're all about because of that one issue," said Black.
The Russellville, AL website says: "Old fashioned values and pride make Russellville one of the safest places to live in the country, with crime rates well below the national average."
It's going to be a long, hot summer.