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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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March 17, 2015 1

CAPS Provides Platform for Anti-Immigrant Extremists

Cal­i­for­ni­ans for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion (CAPS), a Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tion, claims that its mis­sion is to sta­bi­lize the pop­u­la­tion of Cal­i­for­nia and pre­serve the envi­ron­ment but it actu­ally pro­vides a plat­form for a num­ber of anti-immigrant extrem­ists. CAPS senior writ­ing fel­lows Joe Guz­zardi and John Vin­son have ties to racist groups. In addi­tion, CAPS fea­tures columns from anti-immigrant extrem­ist Frosty Wooldridge, also a CAPS senior writ­ing fel­low, as well as anti-immigrant activist D. A. King.

John Vinson

John Vin­son

Joe Guz­zardi, who is also CAPS’s national media direc­tor, was an edi­tor and writer at the racist, anti-immigrant web­site VDARE until 2010. In 2012, he pre­sented at The Social Con­tract Press (TSCP) Writ­ers Work­shop, which often fea­tures racist speak­ers. White suprema­cist Wayne Lut­ton runs the Writer’s Work­shop and also edits TSCP’s jour­nal, The Social Con­tract. Racist John Tan­ton, the archi­tect of the mod­ern anti-immigrant move­ment, is the founder of TSCP.

John Vin­son is the pres­i­dent of the extreme anti-immigrant group Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Con­trol Foun­da­tion (AICF). He is also a found­ing mem­ber of the League of the South (LOS), a white South­ern nation­al­ist group.. Vin­son has been cred­ited with draft­ing the “Kin­ism State­ment,” a set of guid­ing prin­ci­ples for a mod­ern white suprema­cist inter­pre­ta­tion of Chris­tian­ity called “Kin­ism,” which pro­motes the idea that whites should live sep­a­rately from other races. In addi­tion, in 1999, Vin­son spoke at a meet­ing of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens, along with other anti-immigrant extremists.

Frosty Wooldridge, is well-known for his extreme state­ments about immi­grants. His cur­rent focus is on Mus­lim immi­gra­tion. He has writ­ten a multi-part series called “Impreg­nat­ing Amer­ica with Mus­lims,” in the right-wing online pub­li­ca­tion NewsWith­Views from Decem­ber 2014 through this month. In the series, Wooldridge demo­nizes Mus­lims and equates all Mus­lims with ter­ror­ists. In Decem­ber 2014, he wrote, “In order to be faith­ful to the Islamic reli­gion, Mus­lims ulti­mately must degrade and kill all other peo­ple who fol­low any other reli­gions.” Wooldridge has also given inter­views over the last year to anti-Semitic venues, includ­ing the Amer­i­can Free Press, a conspiracy-oriented news­pa­per and “The Jeff Rense Pro­gram,” a conspiracy-oriented Inter­net radio show.

D.A King, the founder of the Georgia-based anti-immigrant group Dus­tan Inman Soci­ety, has a his­tory of mak­ing big­oted state­ments about immi­grants and of work­ing with the more extreme ele­ments of the anti-immigrant move­ment. For a num­ber of years, King wrote arti­cles for VDARE. In 2007, he report­edly claimed that undoc­u­mented immi­grants are “not here to mow your lawn—they’re here to blow up your build­ings and kill your chil­dren, and you and me.” This past sum­mer, in response to the chil­dren seek­ing refuge in the U.S after flee­ing from vio­lence in Cen­tral Amer­ica, he asserted that the chil­dren were “swarm­ing the bor­der and bring­ing dis­ease.” In addi­tion, King has been a con­trib­u­tor to The Social Con­tract.

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January 15, 2015 4

Anti-Immigrant Group Exploits MLK to Rail Against Immigration Reform

Cal­i­for­ni­ans for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion (CAPS), a Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group, launched a TV ad cam­paign that manip­u­lates Mar­tin Luther King, Jr.’s words in order to rail against Pres­i­dent Obama’s exec­u­tive action on immi­gra­tion. The Santa Barbara-based group began air­ing the ads on Jan­u­ary 13 on national cable net­works and local TV sta­tions in Los Angeles.

Joe Guzzardi

Joe Guz­zardi

In the press release announc­ing the 2015 ads, Joe Guz­zardi, CAPS national media direc­tor, claims that Pres­i­dent Obama’s poli­cies dis­pro­por­tion­ately harm minor­ity Amer­i­cans. Guzzardi’s expressed con­cern for minori­ties is ques­tion­able. Guz­zardi was an edi­tor and writer at the racist, anti-immigrant web­site VDARE until 2010. In addi­tion, in 2012, Guz­zardi pre­sented at The Social Con­tract Press (TSCP) Writ­ers Work­shop, which often fea­tures racist speak­ers. Racist John Tan­ton, the archi­tect of the mod­ern anti-immigrant move­ment founded TSCP and white suprema­cist Wayne Lut­ton edits TSCP’s jour­nal, The Social Con­tract. In addi­tion, CAPS appointed another racist, John Vin­son, as a senior writ­ing fel­low in 2013.

The CAPS ads imply that Pres­i­dent Obama’s efforts to pro­vide some undoc­u­mented immi­grants with work per­mits runs counter to Dr. King’s vision of racial equal­ity in Amer­ica. In real­ity, CAPS is exploit­ing the occa­sion of King’s birth­day to pro­mote intol­er­ance towards immi­grants who work and live in this coun­try. The ads stress that undoc­u­mented immi­grants are tak­ing away jobs from African-Americans and His­pan­ics in the United States. CAPS ran sim­i­lar ads around Mar­tin Luther King Day last year, as well.

Since 2013, CAPS has gone beyond pro­mot­ing its anti-immigrant agenda in Cal­i­for­nia and has moved on to the national stage. It has been one of the most active orga­ni­za­tions attempt­ing to derail immi­gra­tion reform. In addi­tion to ads men­tioned ear­lier, the group has run ads tar­get­ing politi­cians for their sup­port of immi­gra­tion reform.

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