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March 17, 2015

CAPS Provides Platform for Anti-Immigrant Extremists

Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), a Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant organization, claims that its mission is to stabilize the population of California and preserve the environment but it actually provides a platform for a number of anti-immigrant extremists. CAPS senior writing fellows Joe Guzzardi and John Vinson have ties to racist groups. In addition, CAPS features columns from anti-immigrant extremist Frosty Wooldridge, also a CAPS senior writing fellow, as well as anti-immigrant activist D. A. King.

John Vinson

John Vinson

Joe Guzzardi, who is also CAPS’s national media director, was an editor and writer at the racist, anti-immigrant website VDARE until 2010. In 2012, he presented at The Social Contract Press (TSCP) Writers Workshop, which often features racist speakers. White supremacist Wayne Lutton runs the Writer’s Workshop and also edits TSCP’s journal, The Social Contract. Racist John Tanton, the architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement, is the founder of TSCP.

John Vinson is the president of the extreme anti-immigrant group American Immigration Control Foundation (AICF). He is also a founding member of the League of the South (LOS), a white Southern nationalist group.. Vinson has been credited with drafting the “Kinism Statement,” a set of guiding principles for a modern white supremacist interpretation of Christianity called “Kinism,” which promotes the idea that whites should live separately from other races. In addition, in 1999, Vinson spoke at a meeting of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, along with other anti-immigrant extremists.

Frosty Wooldridge, is well-known for his extreme statements about immigrants. His current focus is on Muslim immigration. He has written a multi-part series called “Impregnating America with Muslims,” in the right-wing online publication NewsWithViews from December 2014 through this month. In the series, Wooldridge demonizes Muslims and equates all Muslims with terrorists. In December 2014, he wrote, “In order to be faithful to the Islamic religion, Muslims ultimately must degrade and kill all other people who follow any other religions.” Wooldridge has also given interviews over the last year to anti-Semitic venues, including the American Free Press, a conspiracy-oriented newspaper and “The Jeff Rense Program,” a conspiracy-oriented Internet radio show.

D.A King, the founder of the Georgia-based anti-immigrant group Dustan Inman Society, has a history of making bigoted statements about immigrants and of working with the more extreme elements of the anti-immigrant movement. For a number of years, King wrote articles for VDARE. In 2007, he reportedly claimed that undocumented immigrants are “not here to mow your lawn—they’re here to blow up your buildings and kill your children, and you and me.” This past summer, in response to the children seeking refuge in the U.S after fleeing from violence in Central America, he asserted that the children were “swarming the border and bringing disease.” In addition, King has been a contributor to The Social Contract.

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January 15, 2015

Anti-Immigrant Group Exploits MLK to Rail Against Immigration Reform

Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), a Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group, launched a TV ad campaign that manipulates Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words in order to rail against President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The Santa Barbara-based group began airing the ads on January 13 on national cable networks and local TV stations in Los Angeles.

Joe Guzzardi

Joe Guzzardi

In the press release announcing the 2015 ads, Joe Guzzardi, CAPS national media director, claims that President Obama’s policies disproportionately harm minority Americans. Guzzardi’s expressed concern for minorities is questionable. Guzzardi was an editor and writer at the racist, anti-immigrant website VDARE until 2010. In addition, in 2012, Guzzardi presented at The Social Contract Press (TSCP) Writers Workshop, which often features racist speakers. Racist John Tanton, the architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement founded TSCP and white supremacist Wayne Lutton edits TSCP’s journal, The Social Contract. In addition, CAPS appointed another racist, John Vinson, as a senior writing fellow in 2013.

The CAPS ads imply that President Obama’s efforts to provide some undocumented immigrants with work permits runs counter to Dr. King’s vision of racial equality in America. In reality, CAPS is exploiting the occasion of King’s birthday to promote intolerance towards immigrants who work and live in this country. The ads stress that undocumented immigrants are taking away jobs from African-Americans and Hispanics in the United States. CAPS ran similar ads around Martin Luther King Day last year, as well.

Since 2013, CAPS has gone beyond promoting its anti-immigrant agenda in California and has moved on to the national stage. It has been one of the most active organizations attempting to derail immigration reform. In addition to ads mentioned earlier, the group has run ads targeting politicians for their support of immigration reform.

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September 12, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Groups Attempt To Bring ISIS Into The Immigration Debate

anti-immigrant-islamIn response to the atrocities committed in the Middle East by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a terrorist group, American anti-immigrant groups are attempting to exploit the public’s legitimate concerns about ISIS by warning that the group plans to enter the United States via Mexico.

In a blog posted on September 8, a fellow for the anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) argued that Senator John McCain’s support of the Senate’s immigration reform bill S-744 in 2013, “has provided ISIS with unfettered access to the United States for both its personnel and their weapons of death and destruction.” The blog concluded with the statement, “Should ISIS or some other terrorist group take advantage of McCain’s welcome mat, he will only have himself to blame as he goes in the eyes of many from war hero to collaborator.”

The anti-immigrant grassroots organization NumbersUSA and the California-based Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) both sent fundraising emails to activists in recent weeks linking ISIS to President Obama’s rumored announcement of some form of executive relief for undocumented immigrants. NumbersUSA claimed ISIS, “is certainly encouraged by the weak U.S. government response to the border surge this summer…” A number of state-based anti-immigrant groups also warned of the threat of ISIS terrorists entering the U.S. via Mexico. Many of the groups cite a report from the conspiracy-orientated “watchdog” group Judicial Watch. Judicial Watch is closely aligned with the anti-immigrant movement.

Some anti-immigrant groups are also responding to the media spotlight on ISIS by espousing anti-Muslim rhetoric. In a Facebook post on September 9, the Tea Party Immigration Coalition headed by racist Rick Oltman asserted, “We must rethink the 1st amendment as it applies to Islam. Islam is NOT a religion; rather, it is a supranational organization hell bent on world domination and killing anyone, anywhere and at any time to do so.”

The anti-immigrant movement often attempts to tie together the issues of immigration and terrorism. This was the case even before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Since 9-11, the movement has concentrated on linking terrorism and immigration under the guise of national security. This is a key argument for the movement in opposition to any form of immigration reform.

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