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February 22, 2016 4

Anti-Immigrant Groups Ratchet Up TV Ad Campaigns

Two anti-immigrant groups, the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) and Num­ber­sUSA, have been run­ning tele­vi­sion ads dur­ing the cur­rent pres­i­den­tial debates and pri­maries attack­ing immi­gra­tion poli­cies. Both orga­ni­za­tions want to impose lim­its on legal immi­gra­tion and halt undoc­u­mented immigration.

FAIR’s new ad, which began run­ning in Feb­ru­ary in South Car­olina where a pri­mary was held on Feb­ru­ary 20, blames undoc­u­mented immi­grants for tak­ing away jobs and col­lege place­ments from Amer­i­can cit­i­zens. The ad also claims that undoc­u­mented immi­grants are using resources like health­care and wel­fare ben­e­fits “at Amer­i­can tax­payer expense.” In addi­tion, the ad alleges that undoc­u­mented immi­grants are com­mit­ting crimes against Amer­i­cans due to “bro­ken borders.”

Dan Stein, president of FAIR

Dan Stein, pres­i­dent of FAIR

Undoc­u­mented immi­grants, many of whom have resided in the U.S. for decades, live in the shad­ows of Amer­i­can soci­ety as they are afraid that reveal­ing their sta­tus may result in depor­ta­tion. In the ad, Dan Stein, the pres­i­dent of FAIR co-opts the idea that undoc­u­mented immi­grants live in the shad­ows by claim­ing that Amer­i­can cit­i­zens are the ones that need to come out of the shad­ows and speak out against undoc­u­mented immigration.

The Num­ber­sUSA ad is more explicit in attack­ing both legal and undoc­u­mented immi­gra­tion. The ad fea­tures the late Bar­bara Jor­dan, a for­mer Texas rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and the chair of the U.S. Com­mis­sion on Immi­gra­tion Reform in the mid-1990s. Jor­dan has become a much touted hero of the anti-immigrant move­ment for her stance on lim­it­ing legal immi­gra­tion and stop­ping undoc­u­mented immi­gra­tion when she was on the commission.

In the ad, while Jor­dan speaks about the alleged impact of immi­gra­tion on job prospects for Amer­i­can work­ers, Num­ber­sUSA sug­gests that legal immi­gra­tion should be cut dras­ti­cally. It also sug­gests that undoc­u­mented immi­gra­tion is caus­ing wide­spread unemployment.

FAIR and Num­ber­sUSA are two of the most active anti-immigrant groups in the nation. Both have ties to racist John Tan­ton, the archi­tect of the mod­ern anti-immigrant move­ment. Tan­ton founded FAIR in 1979 and had a hand in cre­at­ing Num­ber­sUSA, as well.

Roy Beck, who founded Num­ber­sUSA in the mid-90s, worked closely with Tan­ton and Num­ber­sUSA was under the umbrella of Tanton’s orga­ni­za­tion, U.S. Inc, until 2002. Beck was the Wash­ing­ton edi­tor of Tanton’s anti-immigrant jour­nal, The Social Con­tract dur­ing the 1990s. Dur­ing Beck’s tenure as edi­tor, white suprema­cists such as Jared Tay­lor and Sam Fran­cis pub­lished arti­cles in the jour­nal. Beck him­self addressed the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens in 1997.

Both FAIR and Num­ber­sUSA are try­ing to use immi­gra­tion to drive a wedge between vot­ers who sup­port immi­gra­tion reform and those who do not and tend to blame immi­grants for a vari­ety of soci­etal problems.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit orga­ni­za­tion, the Anti-Defamation League does not sup­port or oppose can­di­dates for polit­i­cal office.

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November 18, 2015 0

Anti-Refugee Sentiment Reaches New High After Paris Attacks

Since the ter­ror­ist attacks in Paris on Novem­ber 13, the coun­try has wit­nessed anti-refugee sen­ti­ment com­ing from var­i­ous cor­ners, includ­ing state gov­ern­ments and the anti-immigrant move­ment. Over 30 gov­er­nors across the coun­try have said they will not accept Syr­ian refugees and have asked Pres­i­dent Obama to halt or sus­pend the country’s refugee program.

Many of the gov­er­nors appealed to fear in the wake of the ter­ror­ist attacks, assert­ing that they could not pro­tect the res­i­dents of their states from poten­tial ter­ror­ists. Later, some Con­gres­sional lead­ers also drove home this fear by advo­cat­ing for the sus­pen­sion of the U.S. government’s refugee program.

Ann Corcoran

Ann Cor­co­ran

The notion that ter­ror­ists can enter the United States through U.S. refugee pro­grams is not new. In Octo­ber of this year, a num­ber of pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates said they would not allow Syr­ian refugees into the coun­try and would send back those who have been allowed to set­tle in the U.S.

But the events in Paris have ratch­eted up the anti-refugee rhetoric, equat­ing refugees with ter­ror­ists and ques­tion­ing their abil­ity to assim­i­late into “West­ern cul­ture.” Anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tions such as the Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), the Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) and Num­ber­sUSA have all released arti­cles or state­ments declar­ing that the U.S. gov­ern­ment should sus­pend its refugee program.

Dan Stein, the pres­i­dent of FAIR, wrote a col­umn on Novem­ber 16 extolling the pro­gram estab­lished by the Eisen­hower admin­is­tra­tion in the 1950s to deport thou­sands of Mex­i­can immi­grants. After talk­ing about the alleged mer­its of the pro­gram, Stein turned his atten­tion to Mus­lim immi­grants in the wake of the Paris attacks. He wrote, “A dulling ortho­doxy within cer­tain Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties has degen­er­ated [sic] a fanat­i­cal strain that promises an epi­curean par­adise for mass mur­der on earth.”

In a col­umn for National Review, Mark Kriko­rian, head of CIS wrote, “Relo­cat­ing refugees from the Mid­dle East to the U.S. is morally wrong.” He goes on to say that the U.S. should assist refugees by car­ing for them in their “native region”—despite the ter­ror and war that refugees are expe­ri­enc­ing. Num­ber­sUSA released a sim­i­lar state­ments say­ing that the U.S. should help refugees in their home region rather than allow­ing them to come to the U.S.

Ann Cor­co­ran, who runs Refugee Reset­tle­ment Watch, writes daily about the alleged dan­gers of let­ting refugees into this coun­try by appeal­ing to anti-Muslim sen­ti­ment. On Novem­ber 17, she wrote, “All the vet­ting in the world isn’t going to save us from the tod­dlers com­ing in with Mom and Dad from Africa and the Mid­dle East who thumb their noses at the ‘good life’ and become rad­i­cal­ized 20 years down the road.  The only true solu­tion is a com­plete mora­to­rium on Mus­lim immigration.”

The fear-mongering appears to be hav­ing an influ­ence. The media reported on Novem­ber 18 that two refugee fam­i­lies from Syria that had been approved and sched­uled to arrive in Indi­anapo­lis have been told that they are no longer wel­come in the state.

 

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January 14, 2015 1

After Terrorist Attacks, Anti-immigrant Activists Attack Muslim Immigration

In the wake of the deadly ter­ror­ist attacks on the Char­lie Hebdo Paris office and a kosher mar­ket in Paris, anti-immigrant activists in the U.S. are urg­ing the United States to stop all Mus­lim immi­gra­tion to this coun­try. They also claim that any­one who prac­tices Islam is inclined towards extremism.

Tom Tancredo

Tom Tan­credo

In a Jan­u­ary 12, 2015 col­umn for World Net Daily (WND) titled, “Yes, It is Islam!” for­mer Col­orado Con­gress­man Tom Tan­credo writes, “So, here we are again, being told that we can’t blame Islam for the mur­der­ous acts that have cost thou­sands of lives since 9/11 and mil­lions of lives since the 14th cen­tury! Well, then let me ask a sim­ple ques­tion: If Islam did not exist, how many of these events would have occurred?”

Although Tan­credo acknowl­edges that rad­i­cal Islam is the prob­lem, he does not make a dis­tinc­tion between ter­ror­ists and peo­ple of the Mus­lim faith.. He asserts “that the jihadists do not rep­re­sent all Mus­lims is irrel­e­vant.” He con­tin­ues, “We have spent tens of bil­lions hunt­ing down and killing ter­ror­ist lead­ers with drones and other tools of high-tech war­fare, while accept­ing and per­mit­ting the growth of the can­cer of Shariah law in our own com­mu­ni­ties.” Tan­credo then sug­gests that “we stop all immi­gra­tion of Mus­lims into the United States and then deport those already here who adhere to Shariah law.” He also calls for seal­ing all our bor­ders against ille­gal entry to pre­vent jihadists from using “our open bor­ders to infil­trate our communities.”

Frosty Wooldridge, who is an advi­sory board mem­ber of the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform, often den­i­grates immi­grants and Mus­lims in his columns for in the right-wing online pub­li­ca­tion, “News with Views.” He has writ­ten a series of columns titled, “Impreg­nat­ing Amer­ica with Mus­lims,” in which he attacks Mus­lim immi­grants. In his lat­est col­umn on Jan­u­ary 12, titled, “Islam Forces West­ern Ideals into Extinc­tion,” he reprints a num­ber of anti-Muslim quotes from the late writer and bigot Lawrence Auster, includ­ing: “It is impor­tant to under­stand that what makes Islam dan­ger­ous to non-Muslims is not that Mus­lims are morally bad peo­ple. The prob­lem is not that Mus­lims are bad peo­ple, the prob­lem is that they are good Mus­lims. Our con­cern is with the reli­gion and the polit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy of Islam, which makes all Mus­lims dan­ger­ous to us, since all Mus­lims, even if they per­son­ally have no aggres­sive inten­tions, even if they are per­son­ally fine and lovely peo­ple, are part of the Islamic com­mu­nity and owe their high­est loy­alty to Islam.”

Wooldridge ends his col­umn by warn­ing, “The illit­er­ate, bar­baric, killing-machine war­lord Mohammed con­tin­ues his car­nage into the 21st cen­tury with the hands of 1.5 bil­lion of his fol­low­ers. If we fail to stop mass immi­gra­tion, France’s night­mare becomes our future.”

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