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February 19, 2013

New Images Reveal Racists Attended Progressives for Immigration Reform Conference

New images from the October 1, 2012 conference of the anti-immigrant group Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR) emerged recently, showing many extremists in attendance.   For example, one attendee was racist Peter Brimelow, the founder of VDARE. After the tragic shooting at a Sikh temple in the summer of 2012 by white supremacist Wade Michael Page, Brimelow wrote an article for VDARE asking what Sikhs were doing in Wisconsin in the first place. VDARE also frequently publishes articles from white supremacists such as Jared Taylor and anti-Semites such as California professor Kevin MacDonald.  

Wayne Lutton, editor of the anti-immigrant journal The Social Contract (TSC), published by racist John Tanton, also was present at the PFIR conference. In addition to his editorship of TSC, Lutton has been on the editorial advisory board of the Occidental Observer, which publishes racist and anti-Semitic material.

In 2010, TSC published an issue entitled “The Menace of Islam” which was filled with anti-Muslim rhetoric.  In the “letter from the editor,” Lutton called for a ban on all Muslim immigration to the United States, arguing “what benefit do Americans derive from having Muslims settle here? The costs have far outweighed any benefits in terms of terrorism, violent crime, and other social costs. What evidence is there that Muslim integration is possible? It seems clear to us that it is (past) time to halt Muslim immigration to the United States.”

K.C. McAlpin, the president of an anti-immigrant umbrella group called U.S., Inc. was another controversial attendee.  After the TSC journal called for a ban on all Muslim immigration, McAlpin attempted to justify the ban.  He claimed that banning Muslims would be the same as banning communists or Nazis in the past. According to McAlpin, “Congress has used that power in the past to ban the immigration of Communist Party and National Socialist (Nazi) party members who were deemed to be threats to our national security. This case is no different.”

PFIR claims to be a “progressive” organization, but allowing racists such as Peter Brimelow and Wayne Lutton to attend its conferences further undermines its credibility.