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May 23, 2014

CIS Promotes Widely Disputed Report on Far-Right Radio Show

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Jessica Vaughan

On May 20, Jessica Vaughan of the anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) appeared as a guest on “Trunews,” a radio show hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles. Vaughan was on the show to discuss a widely disputed new CIS report blaming the Obama administration for the release of over 36,000 “criminal aliens” by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2013.

The report, authored by Vaughan, provides a skewed analysis of the numbers compiled by ICE.  Her apparent intention in the report was not only to promote the narrative that immigrants are criminals but also to attack the Obama administration for its alleged failure to enforce immigration laws currently on the books, both common tactics of the anti-immigrant movement. In response to the CIS report, ICE spokespersons noted that immigrants who have committed crimes are only sent to ICE after they have served their sentences and that in some cases, the agency was required by law to release some of the immigrants.

After a few minutes of allowing Vaughan to explain the major takeaways from the report, Wiles offered a suggestion as to what to do with the undocumented population currently residing in the United States. Wiles stated, “Hey, um, you put them on a C130 cargo plane and strap a parachute to them and you fly over the home country and you push them out the door!” Vaughan responded with a laugh and stated, “Some people have suggested that!”

Vaughan’s appearance on “Trunews” is another recent example of the anti-immigrant movement using far-right and extreme media to promote their cause. In April of this year, Vaughan granted an interview to reporter from the anti-Semitic newspaper American Free Press (AFP), founded by Holocaust denier Willis Carto. In March of 2014, Chris Chmielenski of the anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA, provided an interview to AFP.

In 2014, Frosty Wooldridge, an advisory board member with the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) appeared on more than one occasion on “The Jeff Rense Pro­gram.”  The program is a conspiracy-oriented Inter­net radio show broadcast on Rense’s noto­ri­ously anti-Semitic web­site. In Decem­ber 2013, David North, a fel­low with CIS appeared on “The Real­ist Report,” an Inter­net radio show hosted by the vir­u­lent anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, John Friend.

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May 21, 2014

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 3, 2014

FAIR Advisory Board Member Does Radio Interview on Anti-Semitic Website

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Frosty Wooldrige

On Tuesday, March 25, Frosty Wooldridge, an anti-immigrant activist and advisory board member for the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), appeared on “The Jeff Rense Program,” a conspiracy-oriented Internet radio show. Rense broadcasts his show on his notoriously anti-Semitic website, which promotes a wide variety of conspiracy theories, from UFO reports to supposed environmental threats to alleged Jewish control of the world.

The March appearance is Wooldridge’s latest on the show, with Rense welcoming him back and describing him as a “friend” and “great patriot.” Though Rense and Wooldridge were scheduled to speak about the issue of growing greenhouse gasses, both men also voiced anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Early in the program Rense blamed immigration for “the degradation of the identity of the American people.” Wooldridge claimed Muslims are “destroying” London and called Belgium “Belgistan.” He also predicted “at some point Detroit is going to go Shariah Law” and said Muslims are “literally taking over” the state of Michigan. Wooldridge also asserted, “There are twenty-two known jihad training camps in America.”

Rense’s website contains a large archive with hundreds of articles penned by Wooldridge. The website also contains archives for the radio shows of anti-Semite David Duke and extremist Don Black, the founder of Stormfront, the most popular Internet forum for anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists. The Rense website also links to the writings of a number of other anti-Semites such as Ted Pike, founder of the National Prayer Network and Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel.

Wooldridge, who is also a senior writing fellow for the Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), is the latest anti-immigrant figure to appear on  “The Jeff Rense Program.” According to the show’s, archives, Roy Beck, the founder of the anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA and Glenn Spencer, founder of the anti-Hispanic hate group Amer­i­can Bor­der Patrol also appeared on the show in the past.

These are not the only examples of anti-immigrant activists appearing on extremist venues. In December 2013, David North,  a fellow with the anti-immigrant group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) appeared on “The Realist Report,” an Internet radio show hosted by the virulent anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, John Friend.

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