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May 23, 2014 0

CIS Promotes Widely Disputed Report on Far-Right Radio Show

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Jes­sica Vaughan

On May 20, Jes­sica Vaughan of the anti-immigrant think tank Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) appeared as a guest on “Trunews,” a radio show hosted by far-right con­spir­acy the­o­rist Rick Wiles. Vaughan was on the show to dis­cuss a widely dis­puted new CIS report blam­ing the Obama admin­is­tra­tion for the release of over 36,000 “crim­i­nal aliens” by Immi­gra­tion and Cus­toms Enforce­ment (ICE) in 2013.

The report, authored by Vaughan, pro­vides a skewed analy­sis of the num­bers com­piled by ICE.  Her appar­ent inten­tion in the report was not only to pro­mote the nar­ra­tive that immi­grants are crim­i­nals but also to attack the Obama admin­is­tra­tion for its alleged fail­ure to enforce immi­gra­tion laws cur­rently on the books, both com­mon tac­tics of the anti-immigrant move­ment. In response to the CIS report, ICE spokesper­sons noted that immi­grants who have com­mit­ted crimes are only sent to ICE after they have served their sen­tences and that in some cases, the agency was required by law to release some of the immigrants.

After a few min­utes of allow­ing Vaughan to explain the major take­aways from the report, Wiles offered a sug­ges­tion as to what to do with the undoc­u­mented pop­u­la­tion cur­rently resid­ing in the United States. Wiles stated, “Hey, um, you put them on a C130 cargo plane and strap a para­chute to them and you fly over the home coun­try and you push them out the door!” Vaughan responded with a laugh and stated, “Some peo­ple have sug­gested that!”

Vaughan’s appear­ance on “Trunews” is another recent exam­ple of the anti-immigrant move­ment using far-right and extreme media to pro­mote their cause. In April of this year, Vaughan granted an inter­view to reporter from the anti-Semitic news­pa­per Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP), founded by Holo­caust denier Willis Carto. In March of 2014, Chris Chmie­len­ski of the anti-immigrant group Num­ber­sUSA, pro­vided an inter­view to AFP.

In 2014, Frosty Wooldridge, an advi­sory board mem­ber with the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) appeared on more than one occa­sion on “The Jeff Rense Pro­gram.”  The pro­gram is a conspiracy-oriented Inter­net radio show broad­cast on Rense’s noto­ri­ously anti-Semitic web­site. In Decem­ber 2013, David North, a fel­low with CIS appeared on “The Real­ist Report,” an Inter­net radio show hosted by the vir­u­lent anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, John Friend.

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December 24, 2013 16

Anti-Semite John Friend Interviews Center for Immigration Fellow on His Radio Show

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John Friend, host of “The Real­ist Report”

David North, a fel­low with the anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) appeared on “The Real­ist Report,” a radio show hosted by the vir­u­lent anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, John Friend. The show focused on immigration.

After the inter­view with North, Friend also pro­moted his white suprema­cist views regard­ing immi­gra­tion. He wrote in the com­ments sec­tion of his web­site that he wished he asked North the fol­low­ing ques­tion: “In your view, do tra­di­tion­ally White West­ern Euro­pean coun­tries have the right to main­tain and pro­tect their tra­di­tional racial, eth­nic, and cul­tural her­itage?” Also in the com­ments sec­tion, Friend pro­moted the anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­ory that Jews are respon­si­ble for non-white immi­gra­tion to the United States.

Though CIS claims to be a main­stream orga­ni­za­tion that is against ille­gal immi­gra­tion, this is not the first exam­ple of CIS asso­ci­at­ing itself with anti-Semites. In Novem­ber of 2012, CIS cir­cu­lated an arti­cle to its mem­bers authored by Vir­ginia Aber­nethy. Aber­nethy serves on the edi­to­r­ial board of the Occi­den­tal Quar­terly, an anti-Semitic pub­li­ca­tion edited by anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor Kevin Mac­Don­ald. In May 2012, CIS legal pol­icy ana­lyst, Jon Feere, pro­vided quotes for  arti­cle titled, “‘Big Ag’ Favors Ille­gal Immi­gra­tion” in Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP), a conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic news­pa­per run by long-time anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, Willis Carto.

It is not clear if North knew about Friend’s anti-Semitism but even a cur­sory look at Friend’s work would have revealed his extreme views. Friend has writ­ten numer­ous anti-Semitic arti­cles for AFP and on his per­sonal web­site. His home­page con­tains quotes from Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels. In a May 2013 arti­cle on his web­site, Friend wrote, “The arro­gance, deceit, and treach­ery of the orga­nized Jew­ish com­mu­nity knows no bounds.  Adolf Hitler was quite cor­rect when he described the Jews as hav­ing an ‘unqual­i­fied capac­ity for false­hood.’” In a March 2013, arti­cle, Friend called the Holo­caust a “fake narrative.”

In March 2013, Friend also announced the cre­ation of the Amer­i­can Nation­al­ist Asso­ci­a­tion (ANA), a group which “aims to develop and advance the inter­ests of tra­di­tional White Amer­ica.” ANA’s state­ment of prin­ci­ples also reveals Friend’s anti-Semitism. The state­ment urges peo­ples of Euro­pean ances­try to “Expose and reject all forms of Com­mu­nism, Cul­tural Marx­ism, Inter­na­tional Zion­ism, Glob­al­ism, Multi-Culturalism, and all Un-American rack­ets, frauds and orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing Usury and Inter­na­tional Finance Capitalism.”

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June 19, 2013 30

Anti-Semites And Extremists To Host “Freedompalooza 2013” On July 4th Weekend

White suprema­cists, anti-Semites, anti-government extrem­ists and con­spir­acy the­o­rists are among speak­ers sched­uled to appear at “Free­dom­palooza 2013,” orga­nized by Paul Topete, lead singer of the band Pok­er­face and an anti-Semite and anti-government extrem­ist.   It is the third time Topete has orga­nized such an event in Penn­syl­va­nia, but he allegedly has plans to orga­nize future events in other regions of the country.freedom-palooza-2013

Free­dom­palooza will take place from July 4–6, 2013, in Bucks County in east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia.  Although a local restau­rant is pro­vid­ing the prop­erty and sell­ing food at the event, the pri­mary spon­sor (and  pro­moter) of the event is the Amer­i­can Free Press, the anti-Semitic and conspiracy-oriented news­pa­per pub­lished by long-time white suprema­cist Willis Carto.

Topete has lined up a long list of bands and speak­ers, many of the lat­ter com­ing from extrem­ist and fringe move­ments and causes.  One theme that unites many speak­ers is vir­u­lent anti-Semitism or anti-Israel sen­ti­ment.  Two of the more promi­nent speak­ers, for exam­ple, are for­mer mem­bers of Con­gress:  Cyn­thia McK­in­ney and James Traf­i­cant.  McK­in­ney  is a long-time anti-Israel activist who has sup­ported anti-Semitic groups such as the Nation of Islam and the New Black Pan­ther Party, while Traf­i­cant, since his release from prison on fed­eral rack­e­teer­ing and bribery con­vic­tions, has joined the Amer­i­can Free Press, in whose pages he has expressed his own anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views.  Another sched­uled speaker is Jim Con­dit, Jr., who sev­eral times ran for Con­gress in Ohio, tak­ing advan­tage of his can­di­date sta­tus to obtain a plat­form for express­ing his anti-Semitic views in radio advertisements.

Other speak­ers report­edly sched­uled to attend include Mer­lin Miller, the 2012 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party,  sev­eral Amer­i­can Free Press writ­ers, and Cyn­thia Steele, the wife of white suprema­cist attor­ney Edgar Steele (cur­rently serv­ing a 50-year sen­tence for con­spir­acy to mur­der Cyn­thia, a charge she claims is false).

Free­dom­palooza will also host a vari­ety of anti-government extrem­ist speak­ers, includ­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sev­eral mili­tia groups, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the anti-government and con­spir­a­to­r­ial Oath Keep­ers, and the Apple­seed Project, a marks­man­ship pro­gram that warns atten­dees that they may have to (lit­er­ally) fight the gov­ern­ment to main­tain their liberty.

Also present will be Larry Pratt, head of the Gun Own­ers of Amer­ica, a rad­i­cal gun rights group, and Jeff Christo­pher, a sher­iff from Delaware with ties to Michael Per­outka, for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the right-wing extrem­ist Con­sti­tu­tion Party.  Christopher’s bat­tle with the state of Delaware over that state’s deci­sion to elim­i­nate the arrest pow­ers of its three county sher­iffs has been much pro­moted by the Amer­i­can Free Press and other right-wing sources.

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