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October 7, 2014 2

Anti-Immigrant Groups Call For Immigration Bans Following Ebola Scare

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Jes­sica Vaughan

As news broke of the first per­son inside the U.S. diag­nosed with the deadly Ebola virus, anti-immigrant groups seized the oppor­tu­nity to use this infor­ma­tion as a way to speak out against “mass immi­gra­tion.” Over the past month, anti-immigrant groups used the same tac­tic when attempt­ing to bring the ter­ror­ist group ISIS into the immi­gra­tion debate.

In an inter­view with the Daily Caller, Jes­sica Vaughan, the pol­icy direc­tor of the anti-immigrant think tank Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) argued that Africans will try to come to the United States for treat­ment. She attempted to back up this claim by equat­ing Ebola patients with unac­com­pa­nied minors flee­ing vio­lence in Cen­tral Amer­i­can and seek­ing refuge in the United States, claim­ing both are try­ing “to take advan­tage” of U.S. bor­der pol­icy. Vaughan has made prior big­oted state­ments about immi­grants. In 2008 Vaughan claimed, “One legacy of TPS (Tem­po­rary Pro­tected Sta­tus for refugees) has been its con­tri­bu­tion to the bur­geon­ing street gang prob­lem in the United States.”

Vaughan’s col­league, Mark Kriko­rian, con­tin­ued the argu­ment in a col­umn for National Review Online, titled, “Ban Travel from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea—Now.” In the col­umn, Kriko­rian again voiced his oppo­si­tion to Mus­lim immi­gra­tion to the United States, stat­ing, “Why has the gov­ern­ment per­mit­ted the num­ber of Saudi immi­grants in the U.S. to dou­ble in just three years?… Why are we going to ‘greatly expand reset­tle­ment for Syr­ian refugees’?”

Anti-immigrant extrem­ists also used the Ebola news as an oppor­tu­nity to call for a reduc­tion to immi­gra­tion. In an Octo­ber 1 arti­cle, Patrick Cle­burne, a writer for the racist web­site VDARE founded by white suprema­cist Peter Brimelow, stated, “My own ques­tion: why does Amer­ica need immi­gra­tion from this famously unhealthy part of the world any­way?” Cle­burne ended his arti­cle by claim­ing the U.S. needs to revisit the Immi­gra­tion and Nation­al­ity Act of 1965, which abol­ished racial quo­tas con­tained in pre­vi­ous immi­gra­tion laws. Also on Octo­ber 1, the Tea Party Immi­gra­tion Coali­tion headed by racist Rick Olt­man posted an arti­cle on its Face­book page about Ebola ask­ing, “Is this how Obama will kill us?”

The anti-immigrant move­ment often paints immi­grants as dis­ease car­ri­ers in an attempt to cre­ate a cli­mate of fear around the issue and call for a restric­tion on immi­gra­tion. Attempt­ing to cap­i­tal­ize of the recent Ebola diag­no­sis is the lat­est exam­ple of this trend.

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May 23, 2014 0

CIS Promotes Widely Disputed Report on Far-Right Radio Show

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Jes­sica Vaughan

On May 20, Jes­sica Vaughan of the anti-immigrant think tank Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) appeared as a guest on “Trunews,” a radio show hosted by far-right con­spir­acy the­o­rist Rick Wiles. Vaughan was on the show to dis­cuss a widely dis­puted new CIS report blam­ing the Obama admin­is­tra­tion for the release of over 36,000 “crim­i­nal aliens” by Immi­gra­tion and Cus­toms Enforce­ment (ICE) in 2013.

The report, authored by Vaughan, pro­vides a skewed analy­sis of the num­bers com­piled by ICE.  Her appar­ent inten­tion in the report was not only to pro­mote the nar­ra­tive that immi­grants are crim­i­nals but also to attack the Obama admin­is­tra­tion for its alleged fail­ure to enforce immi­gra­tion laws cur­rently on the books, both com­mon tac­tics of the anti-immigrant move­ment. In response to the CIS report, ICE spokesper­sons noted that immi­grants who have com­mit­ted crimes are only sent to ICE after they have served their sen­tences and that in some cases, the agency was required by law to release some of the immigrants.

After a few min­utes of allow­ing Vaughan to explain the major take­aways from the report, Wiles offered a sug­ges­tion as to what to do with the undoc­u­mented pop­u­la­tion cur­rently resid­ing in the United States. Wiles stated, “Hey, um, you put them on a C130 cargo plane and strap a para­chute to them and you fly over the home coun­try and you push them out the door!” Vaughan responded with a laugh and stated, “Some peo­ple have sug­gested that!”

Vaughan’s appear­ance on “Trunews” is another recent exam­ple of the anti-immigrant move­ment using far-right and extreme media to pro­mote their cause. In April of this year, Vaughan granted an inter­view to reporter from the anti-Semitic news­pa­per Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP), founded by Holo­caust denier Willis Carto. In March of 2014, Chris Chmie­len­ski of the anti-immigrant group Num­ber­sUSA, pro­vided an inter­view to AFP.

In 2014, Frosty Wooldridge, an advi­sory board mem­ber with the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) appeared on more than one occa­sion on “The Jeff Rense Pro­gram.”  The pro­gram is a conspiracy-oriented Inter­net radio show broad­cast on Rense’s noto­ri­ously anti-Semitic web­site. In Decem­ber 2013, David North, a fel­low with 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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