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April 3, 2014

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


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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April 1, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Movement Pushes State Strategies In 2014

While the push for immigration reform at the federal level is currently at a standstill, the immigration debate at the state and local level is in high gear. Continuing the trend of the past few years, lawmakers are introducing large numbers of pro-immigrant legislation in states around the country.dc-march-for-jobs-380

In response, the anti-immigrant movement is implementing a multi-pronged strategy at the state and local level with several key goals in mind.  These include attempts to block legislation at the state level granting in-state tuition to qualified students, as well as driver’s licenses and other public benefits to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. In June 2012, President Obama issued the DACA executive order, which allows some eli­gi­ble undocumented youth who were not born in the U.S. but who were brought to the country at a young age to apply for tem­po­rary work autho­riza­tion, and calls for ICE agents to refrain from deporting them.

The anti-immigrant movement is also going beyond trying to prevent pro-immigrant legislation. Activists in the movement are attempting to get restrictive laws and policies on the books such as greater voter registration restrictions in the form of voter ID requirements and English-only laws at the state and local level.

Please see “Anti-Immigrant Movement Implements Nativist State Strategies in 2014” for more information.


El movimiento anti-inmigrante promueve las estrategias estatales en 2014

Mientras que el impulso a la reforma migratoria a nivel federal está actualmente frenado, el debate sobre la inmigración en el nivel local y estatal está en plena marcha. Continuando la tendencia de los últimos años, los legisladores están introduciendo numerosas leyes en favor de los inmigrantes en estados de  todo el país.

En respuesta, el movimiento anti-inmigrante está implementando una estrategia multifacética a nivel estatal y local con varios objetivos en mente.  Estos incluyen intentos para bloquear leyes a nivel estatal concediendo tarifas de matrícula estatal a estudiantes calificados, así como licencias de conducir y otros beneficios públicos a quienes cumplen los requisitos del Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Aplazamiento de Acciones contra Menores)(DACA). En junio de 2012, el Presidente Obama emitió la orden ejecutiva DACA que permite a algunos jóvenes indocumentados que no nacieron en Estados Unidos pero llegaron al país a una edad temprana solicitar permiso de trabajo temporal  y pide a los agentes del ICE  que se abstengan de deportarlos .

El movimiento anti-inmigrante también va más allá al tratar de evitar la legislación pro-inmigrantes. Los activistas del movimiento intentan implementar leyes y políticas restrictivas tales como mayores restricciones en la inscripción de votantes en forma de requisitos de identificación de votantes y leyes para que se utilice únicamente el inglés a nivel local y estatal.

Para mayor información, por favor consulte “Anti-Immigrant Movement Implements Nativist State Strategies in 2014”.


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February 5, 2014

Funders Of The Anti-Immigrant Movement

The major anti-immigrant groups in the United States receive the bulk of their donations from foundations with close ties to the movement itself as well as foundations with a history of funding right-wing organizations. The extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and NumbersUSA benefit the most from these donations.  They boast annual budgets in the millions of dollars, which are used to promote their anti-immigrant agenda of blocking pro-immigrant legislation, drafting and promoting anti-immigrant legislation and demonizing immigrants.colcom-foundation-weeden-foundation

With continued support from the Pittsburg-based Colcom Foundation, the Pennsylvania and Florida-based Scaife Foundations and the New York-based Weeden Foundation, anti-immigrant groups can sustain and promote their nativist agenda. Despite the many examples of bigotry and nativism stemming from the anti-immigrant groups they fund, these foundations show no signs of curtailing their funding.

Please see “Funders of the Anti-immigrant Movement” for more information.

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