California Coalition for Immigration Reform

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Barbara Coe, CCIR protester

California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) was a Huntington Beach, California-based political advocacy group devoted to immigration reduction, with an emphasis on combating illegal immigration to the United States. According to the organization's website, its objectives were to "promote and expand citizen and legal resident awareness by a practical, effective communication network" and to "mobilize citizens and legal residents to support elected representatives and legislation" who favor immigration reduction.[1]

After the 2013 death of its original leader, Barbara Coe, the group renamed itself the National Council for Issue Reform.[2]


The CCIR was founded in 1994 by Barbara Coe, (1933 - 2013) who has served as chairwoman of the organization ever since. Of Sioux and European American ancestry, Coe was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.[3] She was a police clerk who was allegedly using a department camera to photograph people she thought were illegal aliens and was fired .[4]

The CCIR was a co-sponsor of California Proposition 187 (1994), which would have stopped public services such as education to illegal immigrants with public taxmoney.[5] The proposition was approved by the electorate but overturned as unconstitutional by a federal court.[6]

CCIR has sponsored billboards along the Arizona-California border that read, "Welcome to California, the Illegal Immigration State. Don't Let This Happen to Your State."[7]

In 2006, a letter connected to Republican congressional nominee Tan D. Nguyen, was sent to 14,000 Hispanic voters in Orange County. It warned that immigrants who were citizens could not legally vote and may be deported if they did, which was untrue. It was issued on what appeared to be CCIR letterhead. The letter prompted a state and Department of Justice investigation, as it appeared to be trying to dissuade a targeted part of the population from voting. Nguyen said his office had not authorized it.[8] Coe condemned the letter and said her organization had no part in it.[8][9]

In the spring of 2010, Coe apparently sent an email that was eventually posted to an anti-immigrant list serv, where non-supporters also read it. The email advised supporters to vote for a particular candidate and to "lock and load" and prepare for "the time of reckoning".[10]

In a July 29, 2010, email to supporters, Coe questioned whether Muslim Americans could become assimilated into U.S. society, writing, "However, since muslims subscribe to the teachings of the Koran – which is to torture/kill all non-believers – how do you suggest we ‘Americanize’ those who want us beheaded?” Coe wrote, "My efforts will be to share the TRUTH about these cold-blooded terrorists, urge others to strongly OPPOSE the building of mosques [terrorist training camps], and urge SUPPORT of all efforts to get them DEPORTED to their country of origin where they can commit their barbaric Satanic acts at will.”[11]

Barbara Coe, the founder and chairwoman of California Coalition for Immigration Reform, died on August 31, 2013, at the age of 79.[12] After this, the group renamed itself the National Council for Issue Reform.[2]


  1. ^ "Our Credo". CCIR. 1999. Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  2. ^ a b National Council for Issue Reform Archived 2017-10-14 at the Wayback Machine, Southern Poverty Law Center.
  3. ^ Sheehy, Daniel (2006). Fighting Immigration Anarchy. Rooftop Publishing. p. 150. ISBN 1-60008-002-2.
  4. ^ Barbara Coe Archived 2017-10-14 at the Wayback Machine, Southern Poverty Law Center.
  5. ^ WISCKOL, MARTIN (May 4, 2000). "Amnesty hurdles Assembly committee IMMIGRATION: Republicans refuse to back the plan, leading some to fear retaliation at the polls.;". Orange County Register. Santa Ana, Calif. p. A.06.
  6. ^ Mcdonnell, Patrick J. (1997-11-15). "Prop. 187 Found Unconstitutional by Federal Judge". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
  7. ^ "CCIR Billboards". CCIR. 2000. Archived from the original on 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2006-10-26.
  8. ^ a b Wisckol, Martin; Dena Bunis (2006-10-19). "State investigates allegations of voter intimidation in California". Orange County Register. Archived from the original on 2006-11-02. Retrieved 2006-10-26.
  9. ^ Delson, Jennifer (2006-10-17). "State Investigating Intimidating Letter Sent to O.C. Latinos". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2006-10-26.
  10. ^ Jill Garvey, "Wicked Witch Says Lock and Load" Archived 2010-07-15 at the Wayback Machine, Imagine 2050, 14 April 2010
  11. ^ Gustavo Arellano, "Barbara Coes Calls for the Deportation of Muslims, Says Muslims Train Mexican Drug Cartels" Archived 2010-08-06 at the Wayback Machine, Navel Gazing blog, OC [Orange County] Weekly, 2 August 2010, accessed 9 June 2011
  12. ^ Woo, Elaine (2013-09-04). "Barbara Coe dies at 79; foe of services for those in U.S. illegally". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2013-09-07. Retrieved 2013-09-06.

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