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February 19, 2013 1

New Images Reveal Racists Attended Progressives for Immigration Reform Conference

New images from the Octo­ber 1, 2012 con­fer­ence of the anti-immigrant group Pro­gres­sives for Immi­gra­tion Reform (PFIR) emerged recently, show­ing many extrem­ists in atten­dance.   For exam­ple, one attendee was racist Peter Brimelow, the founder of VDARE. After the tragic shoot­ing at a Sikh tem­ple in the sum­mer of 2012 by white suprema­cist Wade Michael Page, Brimelow wrote an arti­cle for VDARE ask­ing what Sikhs were doing in Wis­con­sin in the first place. VDARE also fre­quently pub­lishes arti­cles from white suprema­cists such as Jared Tay­lor and anti-Semites such as Cal­i­for­nia pro­fes­sor Kevin Mac­Don­ald.  

Wayne Lut­ton, edi­tor of the anti-immigrant jour­nal The Social Con­tract (TSC), pub­lished by racist John Tan­ton, also was present at the PFIR con­fer­ence. In addi­tion to his edi­tor­ship of TSC, Lut­ton has been on the edi­to­r­ial advi­sory board of the Occi­den­tal Observer, which pub­lishes racist and anti-Semitic material.

In 2010, TSC pub­lished an issue enti­tled “The Men­ace of Islam” which was filled with anti-Muslim rhetoric.  In the “let­ter from the edi­tor,” Lut­ton called for a ban on all Mus­lim immi­gra­tion to the United States, argu­ing “what ben­e­fit do Amer­i­cans derive from hav­ing Mus­lims set­tle here? The costs have far out­weighed any ben­e­fits in terms of ter­ror­ism, vio­lent crime, and other social costs. What evi­dence is there that Mus­lim inte­gra­tion is pos­si­ble? It seems clear to us that it is (past) time to halt Mus­lim immi­gra­tion to the United States.”

K.C. McAlpin, the pres­i­dent of an anti-immigrant umbrella group called U.S., Inc. was another con­tro­ver­sial attendee.  After the TSC jour­nal called for a ban on all Mus­lim immi­gra­tion, McAlpin attempted to jus­tify the ban.  He claimed that ban­ning Mus­lims would be the same as ban­ning com­mu­nists or Nazis in the past. Accord­ing to McAlpin, “Con­gress has used that power in the past to ban the immi­gra­tion of Com­mu­nist Party and National Social­ist (Nazi) party mem­bers who were deemed to be threats to our national secu­rity. This case is no different.”

PFIR claims to be a “pro­gres­sive” orga­ni­za­tion, but allow­ing racists such as Peter Brimelow and Wayne Lut­ton to attend its con­fer­ences fur­ther under­mines its credibility.

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