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May 21, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Activist Creates Front Group Focusing On Biometric Security


Janice Kephart

In recent months, Janice Kephart, a current fellow and former staffer at the anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), established a new front group, the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA). The anti-immigrant movement often uses the tactic of establishing front groups in order to reach a broader base. In this case, it is trying to appeal to the biometric and identity technology community.

Like other front groups established with the help of the anti-immigrant movement, SIBA is made up of anti-immigrant activists who promote the movement’s agenda. Kephart’s relationship with CIS dates back almost ten years. She first appeared on various CIS panels before acting as CIS’s director of security policy. Kephart began working as a special council for the Senate Judiciary Committee during the push to pass an immigration reform bill in the Senate in 2013. Kephart is now listed as a “national security fellow” for CIS.

Michael Dougherty, one of several SIBA board members announced a few weeks ago, also has ties to the anti-immigrant movement. In 2010, Dougherty participated in a CIS panel titled, “The Politics and Practicalities of a US EXIT Program.”

The “key issue areas” section of SIBA website contains a number of topics important to the anti-immigrant cause. The anti-immigrant movement claims many undocumented immigrants are using fraudulent forms of identification in order to receive benefits and work in the United States. SIBA supports the REAL ID Act, claiming it will improve national security and catch criminals. The organization is also in favor of E-Verify, a flawed federal pilot program that allows employers to verify the eligibility of newly-hired employees. Making E-Verify mandatory is another major long-term goal of the anti-immigrant movement.

As the push for immigration reform continues, the anti-immigrant movement continues to woo supporters from different movements and backgrounds in an attempt to argue that Americans are not in favor of reform. The creation of SIBA is the latest in a long line of groups founded by leaders in the movement to further this goal.

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May 5, 2014

UAE Book Fair Again Features Anti-Semitic Books

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) in the United Arab Emirates, which is open from April 30- May 5th and hosts exhibitors from over 50 countries, includes notorious anti-Semitic titles among its offering of over 500,000 titles. The book fair is officially organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair. Books such as Adolf Hitler’s Mien Kampf and Henry Ford’s notoriously anti-Semitic newsletter, The International Jew, have been featured alongside reputable works on a wide range of topics, such as law, sociology and fiction.abu-dhabi-international-book-fair-uae

The ADIBF comes just months after neighboring emirate Sharjah featured several infamous anti-Semitic books at the Sharjah International Book Fair, including The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and conspiracy theory-laden Arabic-language titles, such as The Jews and the Secret Movements in the Crusades.

The anti-Semitic books for sale at the ADIBF are listed under various categories and classifications. Adolf Hitler’s notorious 1925 autobiographical manifesto is listed under the category “Politics,” while the Protocols is featured under the categories “Political Science” and “Strategic and Military Studies.”

The book fair also features several Arabic-language anti-Zionist and anti-Israel books published in the Arab world, such as Zionist Terrorism, The Barbarism of the Zionist Entity and The Temple and the Strategic Plans to Judaize Jerusalem.

The guest of honor at this year’s book fair is the Kingdom of Sweden, which will have a special pavilion at the fair. The Swedish Ambassador to the United Arab Emirate, Max Bjuhr,  attended a special ceremony honoring Sweden earlier this week.

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