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February 22, 2016

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.

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March 17, 2015

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

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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