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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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August 21, 2012 5

Anti-Immigrant Movement Dealt Blow by U.S. Appeals Court

On August 20, the U.S. 11th Cir­cuit Court of Appeals handed down a mixed rul­ing for recent anti-immigrant laws passed in Alabama and Geor­gia. For both laws, HB 56 and HB 87, the court fol­lowed the deci­sion of the U.S.  Supreme Court ear­lier this sum­mer regard­ing a sim­i­lar Ari­zona law (Ari­zona et al v. United States). The appeals court thus upheld pro­vi­sions in the two state laws that allowed police to check the immi­gra­tion sta­tus of peo­ple sus­pected of com­mit­ting a crime.

Mike Heth­mon

The court, how­ever, struck down other pro­vi­sions of both states’ laws, includ­ing one of the major fea­tures of the Alabama law, a pro­vi­sion that required pub­lic schools to check the cit­i­zen­ship sta­tus of new stu­dents. This is a major blow to the anti-immigrant move­ment, which saw the pro­vi­sion as a sig­nif­i­cant step towards over­turn­ing the Supreme Court’s land­mark 1982 Plyler v. Doe deci­sion, which ruled that all chil­dren, regard­less of their immi­gra­tion sta­tus, are per­mit­ted to attend K-12 pub­lic schools in the United States.

Over­turn­ing Plyler v. Doe has been one of the anti-immigrant movement’s key long-term goals; many major anti-immigrant groups have spo­ken openly about over­turn­ing the deci­sion. In Novem­ber 2011, for exam­ple, the anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) wrote hope­fully about what Alabama’s HB 56 might accom­plish: “Thus, the col­lec­tion of immi­gra­tion data regard­ing K-12 stu­dents in Alabama (and indeed in other states) could pro­vide con­crete evi­dence needed to revise the Supreme Court’s hold­ing in Plyler v. Doe.” FAIR’s legal arm, the Immi­gra­tion Reform Law Insti­tute (IRLI), actu­ally helped draft HB 56. In a 2011 inter­view with the New York Times, Mike Heth­mon of IRLI said that the even­tual goal was to chal­lenge Plyler v. Doe.

Sim­i­larly, the Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies, a major anti-immigration think tank, pub­lished a report in 2005 by Mark Levin that claimed that the Pyler v. Doe deci­sion “is per­haps the most egre­gious of the Court’s immi­gra­tion rul­ings.” For­mer Ari­zona State Sen­a­tor Rus­sell Pearce, for many years the lead­ing anti-immigrant voice in Ari­zona, also floated the idea of forc­ing undoc­u­mented chil­dren to pay tuition to attend pub­lic schools in his state. This, of course, would have been in direct vio­la­tion of the Plyler v. Doe ruling.

The court’s deci­sion on the school pro­vi­sion is thus not only a sig­nif­i­cant civil rights deci­sion that pro­tects chil­dren.  It also thwarts one of the key planks of the anti-immigrant movement’s agenda.

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August 3, 2012 0

New Documentary Portrays Negative View of Immigration in the U.S.

Den­nis Lynch

A new doc­u­men­tary, “They Come to Amer­ica,” writ­ten and directed by Den­nis Lynch, a for­mer entre­pre­neur turned film­maker, has caused quite a stir in anti-immigrant cir­cles over the past cou­ple of months. In the doc­u­men­tary, Lynch trav­els the coun­try inter­view­ing peo­ple about undoc­u­mented immi­gra­tion. Lynch talks to fig­ures from anti-immigrant groups such as Num­ber­sUSA and the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR). Lynch also inter­views Glenn Spencer of the anti-Hispanic hate group Amer­i­can Bor­der Patrol.

Lynch attempts to por­tray both sides of the immi­gra­tion debate by inter­view­ing peo­ple on the “pro-immigrant” side of the spec­trum, as well as undoc­u­mented immi­grants, but the film’s con­clu­sions are clear: undoc­u­mented immi­gra­tion has no pos­i­tive impact on the United States. In sub­se­quent inter­views, Lynch fur­thers his argu­ment by claim­ing that the United States needs to lower the amount of legal immi­grants it admits per year – a posi­tion taken by many anti-immigrant groups.

Lynch spends a lot of time on cam­era with Roy Beck, founder of the anti-immigrant group, Num­ber­sUSA. Beck pre­vi­ously worked as the Wash­ing­ton Edi­tor of The Social Con­tract, an anti-immigrant jour­nal pub­lished by racist John Tan­ton. Beck also spoke at the 1996 national con­fer­ence of the Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens, a white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion. Jack Mar­tin from FAIR is also inter­viewed at length. FAIR, which pro­motes extreme anti-immigration views, was founded by Tanton.

In the film, Lynch also speaks with Michael Cut­ler, a for­mer fel­low for the anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS), another group that Tan­ton helped to cre­ate. Cut­ler cur­rently is a Senior Writ­ing Fel­low for the anti-immigrant group Cal­i­for­ni­ans for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion (CAPS).

Lynch has begun a tour to screen the film. Not unex­pect­edly, local anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tions are host­ing the screen­ings. On July 17, two groups that FAIR lists as local affil­i­ates, Tex­ans for Immi­gra­tion Reduc­tion and Enforce­ment (TFIRE) and Immi­gra­tion Reform Coali­tion of Texas (IRCOT), along with Stop the Mag­net, a Houston-based group ded­i­cated to get­ting anti-immigrant mea­sures on the bal­lot in Hous­ton, screened Lynch’s film.

On July 12, Lynch was on “The Ruthie Report,” a radio show hosted by Ruthie Hendrycks who runs the anti-immigrant group, Min­nesotans Seek­ing Immi­gra­tion Reform (MINNSIR). MINNSIR is also listed on FAIR’s web­site as a local affil­i­ate for Minnesota.

In Mary­land, Lynch’s film will be jointly hosted on August 8 by the anti-immigrant group Help Save Mary­land (HSM). HSM is listed on FAIR’s Web site as a local affil­i­ate for Mary­land. HSM has also worked closely with FAIR’s legal arm, the Immi­gra­tion Reform Law Insti­tute (IRLI).

On August 10, the film will be shown at an anti-immigrant con­fer­ence in North Car­olina.

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