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February 21, 2013

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

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

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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