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February 21, 2013 3

Anti-Immigrant Umbrella Group U.S., Inc.’s New Website Reveals Organization’s Influence

The anti-immigrant umbrella orga­ni­za­tion, U.S., Inc., founded and run by racist John Tan­ton, the pri­mary archi­tect of the modern-day anti-immigrant move­ment, recently estab­lished a web­site for the first time in its 31-year his­tory. The web­site pro­vides fur­ther insight into how the orga­ni­za­tion works and the “projects” it runs.

In an in-depth inter­view about found­ing the anti-immigrant move­ment, Tan­ton dis­cussed why he cre­ated U.S., Inc.: Since I had been involved over the years in start­ing a num­ber of orga­ni­za­tions, each of them a sep­a­rate group which required sep­a­rate account­ing and sep­a­rate fil­ings with the IRS, I got the idea in about 1979 of set­ting up an umbrella foun­da­tion, out of which a num­ber of projects could be run.”

Many of these “projects” founded or nur­tured by Tan­ton devel­oped into some of the lead­ing anti-immigrant groups in the coun­try today, the most notable exam­ple being Num­ber­sUSA. NumbersUSA’s founder Roy Beck worked for Tan­ton for years as the Wash­ing­ton edi­tor of Tanton’s anti-immigrant jour­nal The Social Con­tract (TSC). Beck founded Num­ber­sUSA in 1996/1997 and the group remained under U.S. Inc.’s umbrella until 2002, when it broke off and became an inde­pen­dent organization.

Another “project” for­merly under the U.S., Inc. umbrella was U.S. Eng­lish, a group devoted to mak­ing Eng­lish the offi­cial lan­guage of the United States. Tan­ton resigned as chair­man from U.S. Eng­lish after a news­pa­per revealed a racially charged memo penned by Tan­ton ask­ing ques­tions like “will blacks be able to improve (or even main­tain) their posi­tion on the face of the Latin onslaught?” and “will Latin Amer­i­can migrants bring with them the tra­di­tion of the mor­dida (bribe)?”

U.S., Inc.’s web­site high­lights its cur­rent “projects,” includ­ing Tanton’s pub­lish­ing house, the Social Con­tract Press, which pub­lishes racist books, such as Jean Raspail’s Camp of the Saints, and sells books by racists such as Sam Fran­cis, Wayne Lut­ton and Peter Brimelow.  Another U.S., Inc. project is the anti-immigrant group Pro­Eng­lish. Bob Van­der­voort, ProEnglish’s exec­u­tive direc­tor, is report­edly the for­mer head of the white suprema­cist group Chicagoland Friends of Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a local chap­ter of the white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion Amer­i­can Renais­sance.

In addi­tion, U.S., Inc.’s web­site reveals the organization’s finan­cial doc­u­ments. Each year, it grants funds to anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tions around the coun­try. Accord­ing to its finan­cial state­ments, U.S., Inc. pro­vided fund­ing for Florid­i­ans for Immi­gra­tion Enforce­ment, Cal­i­for­ni­ans for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion and 9/11 Fam­i­lies for a Secure Amer­ica in 2011.

U.S. Inc.’s new site pro­vides fur­ther evi­dence of its impor­tance to the anti-immigrant move­ment. In the past, the umbrella orga­ni­za­tion devel­oped bour­geon­ing anti-immigrant groups and helped them get on their feet; today it con­tin­ues to fund and sup­port well-established anti-immigrant groups around the country.

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December 26, 2012 1

New “Environmentalist” Book, Life on the Brink, Features Anti-Immigrant Writers

Phil Cafaro

Life on the Brink: Envi­ron­men­tal­ists Con­front Over­pop­u­la­tion, a book released in Decem­ber 2012, fea­tures essay­ists that have strong ties to the anti-immigrant move­ment, a detail that is miss­ing from the authors’ bios.

Phil Cafaro, pres­i­dent of the DC-based anti-immigrant group Pro­gres­sives for Immi­gra­tion Reform (PFIR), and Eileen Crist, an envi­ron­men­tal sci­ences pro­fes­sor at Vir­ginia Tech, co-edited the book. It con­tains many essays that argue for reduc­ing immi­gra­tion for envi­ron­men­tal rea­sons. This argu­ment is one of the key themes pro­moted by the anti-immigrant move­ment in the United States.

Essay­ists in the book include:

Phil Cafaro – co-editor of the book and pres­i­dent of PFIR. Cafaro is a for­mer fel­low for the DC-based anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS). In 2010, Cafaro wrote two blogs for the Vir­ginia based anti-immigrant group Num­ber­sUSA.

Al Bartlett – a Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor and friend of John Tan­ton, the racist founder of the mod­ern day anti-immigrant move­ment. To date, Bartlett has pub­lished ten arti­cles, dat­ing back to 1995, in Tanton’s quar­terly jour­nal, The Social Con­tract (TSC). TSC has pub­lished the writ­ings of known white suprema­cists such as Sam Fran­cis and Jared Tay­lor.

Don Wee­den –head of the Wee­den Foun­da­tion, a group that has donated hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars to anti-immigrant groups through­out the years. Wee­den is also an “inde­pen­dent advi­sor” for Num­ber­sUSA. CIS has invited Wee­den to speak on many panel dis­cus­sions orga­nized by the group over the years.

Leon Kolankiewicz – a senior writ­ing fel­low for the Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group Cal­i­for­ni­ans for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion (CAPS). Over a half dozen arti­cles by Kolankiewicz appear in issues of TSC, dat­ing back to 2001. He has pub­lished numer­ous reports for both CIS and Num­ber­sUSA in the past. Kolankiewicz sits on the advi­sory boards of CAPS and PFIR and is also the for­mer vice-president of the anti-immigrant group Car­ry­ing Capac­ity Net­work, based in San Francisco.

Richard Lamm– the for­mer gov­er­nor of Col­orado and a for­mer mem­ber of Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion (FAIR)’s board. He cur­rently sits on   FAIR’s advi­sory board as well as the advi­sory boards of CAPS and PFIR. Lamm also co-edited a report for CIS in 2001 and is pub­lished in two issues of TSC. He is also a close friend of Tanton’s.

William Ryer­son – for­mer pres­i­dent of PFIR and for­mer advi­sory board mem­ber of CAPS. He cur­rently heads two pop­u­la­tion aware­ness groups, the Vermont-based Pop­u­la­tion Media Cen­ter and the DC-based Pop­u­la­tion Insti­tute. Ryer­son is also a con­trib­u­tor to TSC.

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October 17, 2012 0

Progressives for Immigration Reform Conference Attracts Major Anti-Immigrant Figures

Despite claims by Pro­gres­sives for Immi­gra­tion Reform (PFIR) to be a “pro­gres­sive” and “envi­ron­men­tal” orga­ni­za­tion, the appear­ance of sev­eral anti-immigrant activists at PFIR’s third annual con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton, DC, ear­lier this month, fur­ther con­firms that the group is firmly entrenched in the anti-immigrant movement.

Pho­tos of the con­fer­ence on the group Face­book page show Roy Beck, head of the Virginia-based anti-immigrant group Num­ber­sUSA, in the audi­ence. Beck is the for­mer Wash­ing­ton edi­tor of The Social Con­tract (TSC), an anti-immigrant jour­nal pub­lished by racist John Tan­ton. Dur­ing the years Beck was work­ing as the Wash­ing­ton edi­tor of TSC, the jour­nal pub­lished the writ­ings of known white suprema­cists such as Sam Fran­cis and Jared Tay­lor. Beck also spoke at the 1997 national con­fer­ence of the Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens, a white suprema­cist organization.

Another pic­ture taken at the PFIR con­fer­ence shows John Rohe, vice-president of phil­an­thropy and sec­re­tary at the Col­com Foun­da­tion, in atten­dance. Rohe is report­edly a close friend of Tan­ton, and worked with him at Tanton’s U.S., Inc. orga­ni­za­tion in Michi­gan for a num­ber of years.  Rohe even authored Tanton’s biog­ra­phy. The Col­com foun­da­tion is the pre­mier fun­der of the anti-immigrant move­ment in the United States, and has donated mil­lions of dol­lars a year to anti-immigrant groups such as PFIR, U.S., Inc., Num­ber­sUSA and many others.

A third key anti-immigrant fig­ure iden­ti­fied at the PFIR con­fer­ence is Mar­i­lyn Brant Chan­dler DeY­oung, the chair of the Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group Cal­i­for­ni­ans for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion (CAPS). CAPS report­edly received money from the Pio­neer Fund, a foun­da­tion that pro­motes the study of eugen­ics, in 2002. DeY­oung is behind a push this year to get more recog­ni­tion for CAPS. The group aired ads dur­ing the Demo­c­ra­tic and Repub­li­can con­ven­tions and launched a num­ber of new projects in 2012.

PFIR’s claim to legit­i­macy in the envi­ron­men­tal move­ment con­tin­ues to unravel. Its web­site states, “Indeed, it is hard to think of a sin­gle envi­ron­men­tal prob­lem that is not made sig­nif­i­cantly worse by pop­u­la­tion growth, or that could not be more effec­tively met if we could sta­bi­lize or reduce our pop­u­la­tion.” As this quote indi­cates, the group’s real agenda is to cite immi­gra­tion as the major source of envi­ron­men­tal prob­lems in the United States.

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