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March 4, 2013 0

Anti-Immigrant Activist Writes Vicious Anti-Muslim Screed

Frosty Wooldridge, a Colorado-based anti-immigrant activist and radio show host, wrote an arti­cle for the right-wing news site, News With Views,  that con­tained a num­ber of vehe­mently anti-Muslim com­ments. The arti­cle, “Islamic Butch­ery Man­i­fests in Amer­ica with Mus­lim Immi­grants,” which appeared on the site on Feb­ru­ary 22, 2013, attacked and dis­torted mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, pro­moted anti-Muslim stereo­types and fea­tured other big­oted remarks.

Wooldridge began the arti­cle by crit­i­ciz­ing mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and focus­ing on a num­ber of stereo­types of Mus­lims by assert­ing, “Amer­i­cans must ask them­selves if Muslim-style ‘mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism’ fits into the United States of Amer­ica. Can our coun­try tol­er­ate behead­ings, be-handings, female gen­i­tal muti­la­tion, arranged mar­riages of 12 year old girls and mur­ders of gays?” Wooldridge went on to claim that Mus­lim immi­grants “advo­cate for Sharia Law within Amer­ica” and “as their num­bers grow, they will imple­ment it with the power of the vote.”

Wooldridge con­tin­ued his dia­tribe by focus­ing on the city of Detroit, declar­ing, “Detroit, Michi­gan har­bors mas­sive Islamic cover-up of Mus­lim rit­u­als. It’s become so iso­lated that no Amer­i­can law can be adju­di­cated. Detroit has become an Islamic coun­try within our coun­try.” Wooldridge fol­lowed this by voic­ing a con­spir­acy the­ory often reserved for Jews but in this case directed towards Mus­lims, claim­ing, “Wher­ever their num­bers grow, Mus­lims slowly and method­i­cally over­whelm the host nation.”

Wooldridge also voiced his fears about increases in pop­u­la­tion, some­thing that attracted him to the anti-immigrant move­ment.  Wooldridge, like John Tan­ton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant move­ment, and oth­ers see immi­gra­tion as the biggest cause of pop­u­la­tion growth. Wooldridge asserted that “smaller coun­tries like Bel­gium and Hol­land suf­fer com­plete dis­place­ment of their cul­tures, lan­guages and peo­ple because Mus­lims out-breed them at an astound­ing rate of speed.”

In 2011, the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), one of the largest and most estab­lished anti-immigrant groups in the coun­try, appointed Wooldridge to its advi­sory board. Today he sits on that board along with John Tan­ton, FAIR’s founder. Another group Tan­ton helped found, the Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS), cir­cu­lated Wooldridge’s anti-Muslim rant in its weekly roundup of immi­gra­tion opin­ion pieces.

Wooldridge’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is just the lat­est exam­ple of groups and indi­vid­u­als within the anti-immigrant move­ment tar­get­ing Mus­lims. Wooldridge’s posi­tion on FAIR’s advi­sory board and CIS’s pro­mo­tion of his racist dia­tribe fur­ther demon­strate that the anti-immigrant move­ment rou­tinely accepts big­ots into its ranks.

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February 13, 2013 1

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) Named Head of House Immigration Reform Caucus

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ted Poe (R-TX) announced on Feb­ru­ary 7, 2013, that he will chair the House Immi­gra­tion Reform Cau­cus (IRC). The immi­gra­tion restric­tion­ist replaces out­go­ing chair­man Brian Bil­bray, who lost his seat in Cal­i­for­nia in Novem­ber 2012. Founded in 1999 by for­mer Col­orado Rep. Tom Tan­credo, IRC is the main block of immi­gra­tion restric­tion­ists in the House.  It is very closely aligned with the anti-immigrant movement.

Poe’s views closely align with the anti-immigrant move­ment. The Beltway-based anti-immigrant group Num­ber­sUSA give Poe an “A” grade for his vot­ing record on immi­gra­tion, which indi­cates that his record is in line with their ide­ol­ogy. In 2010, Poe signed onto an ami­cus brief in sup­port of Arizona’s SB1070 law, drafted by the Immi­gra­tion Reform Law Insti­tute (IRLI), the legal arm of the DC-based anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR).  Poe has attended FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” radio event in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. The event brings radio hosts to Wash­ing­ton to broad­cast live and inter­view anti-immigrant activists and restric­tion­ist politi­cians. On Novem­ber 19, 2009, Poe par­tic­i­pated in a forum with other mem­bers of the House Judi­ciary Com­mit­tee enti­tled “Amer­i­can Jobs in Peril: The Impact of Uncon­trolled Immi­gra­tion.” Speak­ers included Roy Beck, pres­i­dent of Num­ber­sUSA, and Jerry Kam­mer and Steven Camarota of the anti-immigrant think-tank Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS).

The Feb­ru­ary 7, 2013 press release also announced the mem­bers of the IRC Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee: Diane Black (R-TN), Bill Flo­res (R-TX), Phil Gin­grey (R-GA) and Lamar Smith (R-TX). All four Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­bers have “A” grades from Num­ber­sUSA.  Lamar Smith and Phil Gin­grey have close ties to the anti-immigrant move­ment. Dur­ing his tenure as chair of the House Judi­ciary Com­mit­tee, Smith invited many promi­nent mem­bers of the anti-immigrant move­ment to tes­tify on immi­gra­tion issues. Gin­grey and Smith are also reg­u­lars at FAIR’s “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event. Both men received dona­tions from the U.S. Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC in the past. Mary Lou Tan­ton, the wife of racist John Tan­ton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant move­ment, runs the PAC.

The Poe press release stated that IRC cur­rently has 58 mem­bers, although 77 peo­ple who were pre­vi­ously IRC mem­bers won re-election in 2012. It is unclear why so many IRC mem­bers decided to leave the Cau­cus, but some may want to dis­tance them­selves from the anti-immigrant move­ment now that immi­gra­tion reform has become more accept­able to both polit­i­cal par­ties. IRC’s pre­vi­ous two chairs, Bil­bray and Tom Tan­credo, a for­mer rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Col­orado, both lost elec­tions, per­haps in part due to their restric­tion­ist views on immi­gra­tion. It remains to be seen how Poe’s new posi­tion will impact vot­ers in his district.

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November 20, 2012 1

Anti-Immigrant Group Circulates Blog From White Supremacist In Weekly Email

On Novem­ber 16, 2012, the DC-based anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) cir­cu­lated a blog post writ­ten by white suprema­cist Vir­ginia Aber­nethy to the group’s sup­port­ers as part of its weekly email con­tain­ing immi­gra­tion opin­ion pieces. The source of the Aber­nethy arti­cle was VDARE, a racist web­site known for pub­lish­ing the works of anti-Semites and white suprema­cists.  CIS reg­u­larly cir­cu­lates arti­cles from VDARE in its weekly email, but includ­ing an arti­cle from a well-known white suprema­cist is new for the group.

Abernethy’s arti­cle crit­i­cized GOP strate­gist Karl Rove for his views on immi­gra­tion, with Aber­nethy argu­ing that Rove and “those who advo­cate con­tin­ued mass immi­gra­tion choose the path of national suicide.”

Aber­nethy is closely tied to the anti-immigrant move­ment in the United States. She sits on the board of the anti-immigrant groups Population-Environment Bal­ance and the Car­ry­ing Capac­ity Net­work. In 2004 Aber­nethy became the chair of the national advi­sory board of the group Pro­tect Ari­zona Now (PAN), a group set up to help pass Propo­si­tion 200, an anti-immigrant bal­lot ini­tia­tive seek­ing to limit undoc­u­mented immi­grants’ access to pub­lic ben­e­fits and to require proof of cit­i­zen­ship to reg­is­ter to vote. Aber­nethy also pub­lished an arti­cle in the spring 1998 edi­tion of The Social Con­tract (TSC), an anti-immigrant jour­nal founded by racist John Tan­ton.

Abernethy’s white suprema­cist views and ties to white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tions are well known. In the 2012 Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, Aber­nethy ran as a vice-presidential can­di­date for the white suprema­cist polit­i­cal party, Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion (A3P). Aber­nethy serves on the edi­to­r­ial advi­sory board of the white suprema­cist pub­li­ca­tion Occi­den­tal Quar­terly, edited by anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor Kevin Mac­Don­ald.  Aber­nethy has also addressed a white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion, the Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC), on a num­ber of occa­sions. She has referred to her­self as an “eth­nic sep­a­ratist.” In a 2012 inter­view with The Ten­nessean, Aber­nethy stated, “Sep­a­ratism says, ‘Birds of a feather flock together.’ I say, ‘Let them.’ What I see is ram­pant racial dis­crim­i­na­tion against European-Americans. And I am not in favor of discrimination.”

CIS attempts to dis­tance itself from accu­sa­tions of racism and big­otry.  This week, how­ever, it pro­moted the writ­ings of a white supremacist.

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