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May 21, 2014 2

Anti-Immigrant Activist Creates Front Group Focusing On Biometric Security

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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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April 1, 2014 2

Anti-Immigrant Movement Pushes State Strategies In 2014

While the push for immi­gra­tion reform at the fed­eral level is cur­rently at a stand­still, the immi­gra­tion debate at the state and local level is in high gear. Con­tin­u­ing the trend of the past few years, law­mak­ers are intro­duc­ing large num­bers of pro-immigrant leg­is­la­tion in states around the country.dc-march-for-jobs-380

In response, the anti-immigrant move­ment is imple­ment­ing a multi-pronged strat­egy at the state and local level with sev­eral key goals in mind.  These include attempts to block leg­is­la­tion at the state level grant­ing in-state tuition to qual­i­fied stu­dents, as well as driver’s licenses and other pub­lic ben­e­fits to Deferred Action for Child­hood Arrivals (DACA) recip­i­ents. In June 2012, Pres­i­dent Obama issued the DACA exec­u­tive order, which allows some eli­gi­ble undoc­u­mented youth who were not born in the U.S. but who were brought to the coun­try at a young age to apply for tem­po­rary work autho­riza­tion, and calls for ICE agents to refrain from deport­ing them.

The anti-immigrant move­ment is also going beyond try­ing to pre­vent pro-immigrant leg­is­la­tion. Activists in the move­ment are attempt­ing to get restric­tive laws and poli­cies on the books such as greater voter reg­is­tra­tion restric­tions in the form of voter ID require­ments and English-only laws at the state and local level.

Please see “Anti-Immigrant Move­ment Imple­ments Nativist State Strate­gies in 2014” for more information.

 


El movimiento anti-inmigrante pro­mueve las estrate­gias estatales en 2014

Mien­tras que el impulso a la reforma migra­to­ria a nivel fed­eral está actual­mente fre­nado, el debate sobre la inmi­gración en el nivel local y estatal está en plena mar­cha. Con­tin­uando la ten­den­cia de los últi­mos años, los leg­is­ladores están intro­duciendo numerosas leyes en favor de los inmi­grantes en esta­dos de  todo el país.

En respuesta, el movimiento anti-inmigrante está imple­men­tando una estrate­gia mul­ti­facética a nivel estatal y local con var­ios obje­tivos en mente.  Estos incluyen inten­tos para blo­quear leyes a nivel estatal con­ce­di­endo tar­i­fas de matrícula estatal a estu­di­antes cal­i­fi­ca­dos, así como licen­cias de con­ducir y otros ben­efi­cios públi­cos a quienes cumplen los req­ui­si­tos del Deferred Action for Child­hood Arrivals (Aplaza­miento de Acciones con­tra Menores)(DACA). En junio de 2012, el Pres­i­dente Obama emi­tió la orden ejec­u­tiva DACA que per­mite a algunos jóvenes indoc­u­men­ta­dos que no nacieron en Esta­dos Unidos pero lle­garon al país a una edad tem­prana solic­i­tar per­miso de tra­bajo tem­po­ral  y pide a los agentes del ICE  que se absten­gan de deportarlos .

El movimiento anti-inmigrante tam­bién va más allá al tratar de evi­tar la leg­is­lación pro-inmigrantes. Los activis­tas del movimiento inten­tan imple­men­tar leyes y políti­cas restric­ti­vas tales como may­ores restric­ciones en la inscrip­ción de votantes en forma de req­ui­si­tos de iden­ti­fi­cación de votantes y leyes para que se util­ice úni­ca­mente el inglés a nivel local y estatal.

Para mayor infor­ma­ción, por favor con­sulte “Anti-Immigrant Move­ment Imple­ments Nativist State Strate­gies in 2014”.

 

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February 5, 2014 1

Funders Of The Anti-Immigrant Movement

The major anti-immigrant groups in the United States receive the bulk of their dona­tions from foun­da­tions with close ties to the move­ment itself as well as foun­da­tions with a his­tory of fund­ing right-wing orga­ni­za­tions. The extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), the Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) and Num­ber­sUSA ben­e­fit the most from these dona­tions.  They boast annual bud­gets in the mil­lions of dol­lars, which are used to pro­mote their anti-immigrant agenda of block­ing pro-immigrant leg­is­la­tion, draft­ing and pro­mot­ing anti-immigrant leg­is­la­tion and demo­niz­ing immigrants.colcom-foundation-weeden-foundation

With con­tin­ued sup­port from the Pittsburg-based Col­com Foun­da­tion, the Penn­syl­va­nia and Florida-based Scaife Foun­da­tions and the New York-based Wee­den Foun­da­tion, anti-immigrant groups can sus­tain and pro­mote their nativist agenda. Despite the many exam­ples of big­otry and nativism stem­ming from the anti-immigrant groups they fund, these foun­da­tions show no signs of cur­tail­ing their funding.

Please see “Fun­ders of the Anti-immigrant Move­ment” for more information.

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