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January 10, 2014

Racism In The Anti-immigrant Movement in 2013

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Jason Richwine

As the established anti-immigrant movement in the United States attempted to derail a push for immigration reform last year, a number of racist incidents revealed the bigotry that too often comes into play with immigration-related issues.

ADL has compiled a list of the most egregious examples of racist incidents in the anti-immigrant movement in 2013.

In 2013, both national and local anti-immigrant groups espoused racist and nativist rhetoric, allowed known white supremacists to attend their events and disseminated articles by extremists. Anti-immigrant politicians also expressed nativism and one scholar resigned from an organization after civil rights groups exposed his racist past after he co-authored an anti-immigrant study.

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November 25, 2013

Anti-immigrant And Anti-Muslim Groups Join Forces To Host Event In North Carolina

On Friday, November 22, the Fayetteville, North Carolina chapter of ACT! for America, an orga­ni­za­tion pro­mot­ing the idea that Islam is a back­ward and sedi­tious polit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy, hosted a screening of the anti-immigrant film, “They Come to America.” After the screening, organizers have scheduled a panel discussion about immigration with James Johnson, head of the North Carolina-based anti-immigrant group NC FIRE and Ron Woodard, the founder of another North Carolina-based anti-immigrant group, NC Listen.act-for-america-they-come-to-america-poster

The Fayetteville chapter of ACT! for America regularly posts extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric on its Facebook page, claiming Islam is in a war with the world and promoting a video titled “Islam and Nazism, the Unholy Alliance.” Both Johnson and Woodard are anti-immigrant activists with ties to extremism. Earlier this year, Woodard received the “We the People Leadership Award” from the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) a group founded by racist John Tanton. FAIR helped to found and buttress Woodard’s group, NC Listen.

James Johnson of NC Listen has circulated articles from racist websites such as VDARE and American Renaissance in the past. In 2011, Johnson posted a picture of himself with Roan Garcia-Quintana, a director of the white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) on Facebook. Both men were attending FAIR’s Hold Their Feet to the Fire event. 

The screening and panel discussion is just one recent example of collaboration between the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim movements, both at the national and local level. Both movements see immigration as problematic and promote xenophobia. Nationally, both anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups promote anti-immigrant legislation and both movements worked to derail immigration reform in 2013. At the local level, activists attend and speak at each other’s events and support each other’s campaigns.

Events such as the Boston Marathon bombings, as well as stories about “terrorists” entering the United States through Mexico serve as fuel for both the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim movements and indicate that further collaboration between groups both at the local and national level will not only continue, but increase.

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October 24, 2013

Anti-Immigrant Group CAPS Appoints Extremist As A Writing Fellow

The Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) now lists anti-immigrant extremist and racist John Vinson as a “senior writing fellow” on its website.  On October 18, 2013, CAPS published a blog by Vinson, who is the president of the extreme anti-immigrant group American Immigration Control Foundation (AICF). john-vinson

Vinson’s AICF reportedly received funding from the Pioneer Fund. The New York Times has described the Pioneer Fund as having been established for the express purpose of promoting research into eugenics and as having sponsored projects based on the notion that blacks are genetically less intelligent than whites. CAPS also received a grant from Pioneer in 2002.

Vinson has a history of extremist ties and statements.  He is a founding member of the League of the South (LOS), a racist neo-Confederate organization currently run by racist Michael Hill. While with the LOS, Vinson was credited with drafting the “Kinism Statement,” a set of guiding principles for a modern white supremacist interpretation of Christianity called “Kinism.” While accepting many standard Christian beliefs and declaring Jesus as their Savior, Kinists assert that whites have a “God-given right” to preserve their “own kind” and live separately from other races.

In 1999, Vinson spoke on an immigration panel at a Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) conference alongside other anti-immigrant extremists, including Virginia Abernethy of the white supremacist political party American Freedom Party (AFP) and Glenn Spencer of the anti-Hispanic hate group American Border Patrol.

In 1998, Vinson was the guest-editor of one of the most notorious issues of The Social Contract (TSC), an anti-immigrant journal published by racist John Tanton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement. The issue, titled “Europhobia: The Hostility Toward European-Descended Americans,” featured articles from a number of white supremacists, including Jared Taylor and Sam Francis. In his editorial for the Europhobia issue, Vinson wrote, “Multiculturalism, which subordinates successful Euro-American culture to dysfunctional Third World cultures, keeps gaining ground against surprisingly weak opposition.”

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