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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.

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November 18, 2015 Off

Anti-Refugee Sentiment Reaches New High After Paris Attacks

Since the ter­ror­ist attacks in Paris on Novem­ber 13, the coun­try has wit­nessed anti-refugee sen­ti­ment com­ing from var­i­ous cor­ners, includ­ing state gov­ern­ments and the anti-immigrant move­ment. Over 30 gov­er­nors across the coun­try have said they will not accept Syr­ian refugees and have asked Pres­i­dent Obama to halt or sus­pend the country’s refugee program.

Many of the gov­er­nors appealed to fear in the wake of the ter­ror­ist attacks, assert­ing that they could not pro­tect the res­i­dents of their states from poten­tial ter­ror­ists. Later, some Con­gres­sional lead­ers also drove home this fear by advo­cat­ing for the sus­pen­sion of the U.S. government’s refugee program.

Ann Corcoran

Ann Cor­co­ran

The notion that ter­ror­ists can enter the United States through U.S. refugee pro­grams is not new. In Octo­ber of this year, a num­ber of pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates said they would not allow Syr­ian refugees into the coun­try and would send back those who have been allowed to set­tle in the U.S.

But the events in Paris have ratch­eted up the anti-refugee rhetoric, equat­ing refugees with ter­ror­ists and ques­tion­ing their abil­ity to assim­i­late into “West­ern cul­ture.” Anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tions such as the Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), the Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) and Num­ber­sUSA have all released arti­cles or state­ments declar­ing that the U.S. gov­ern­ment should sus­pend its refugee program.

Dan Stein, the pres­i­dent of FAIR, wrote a col­umn on Novem­ber 16 extolling the pro­gram estab­lished by the Eisen­hower admin­is­tra­tion in the 1950s to deport thou­sands of Mex­i­can immi­grants. After talk­ing about the alleged mer­its of the pro­gram, Stein turned his atten­tion to Mus­lim immi­grants in the wake of the Paris attacks. He wrote, “A dulling ortho­doxy within cer­tain Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties has degen­er­ated [sic] a fanat­i­cal strain that promises an epi­curean par­adise for mass mur­der on earth.”

In a col­umn for National Review, Mark Kriko­rian, head of CIS wrote, “Relo­cat­ing refugees from the Mid­dle East to the U.S. is morally wrong.” He goes on to say that the U.S. should assist refugees by car­ing for them in their “native region”—despite the ter­ror and war that refugees are expe­ri­enc­ing. Num­ber­sUSA released a sim­i­lar state­ments say­ing that the U.S. should help refugees in their home region rather than allow­ing them to come to the U.S.

Ann Cor­co­ran, who runs Refugee Reset­tle­ment Watch, writes daily about the alleged dan­gers of let­ting refugees into this coun­try by appeal­ing to anti-Muslim sen­ti­ment. On Novem­ber 17, she wrote, “All the vet­ting in the world isn’t going to save us from the tod­dlers com­ing in with Mom and Dad from Africa and the Mid­dle East who thumb their noses at the ‘good life’ and become rad­i­cal­ized 20 years down the road.  The only true solu­tion is a com­plete mora­to­rium on Mus­lim immigration.”

The fear-mongering appears to be hav­ing an influ­ence. The media reported on Novem­ber 18 that two refugee fam­i­lies from Syria that had been approved and sched­uled to arrive in Indi­anapo­lis have been told that they are no longer wel­come in the state.

 

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October 24, 2014 4

Images Reveal Extreme Anti-Immigrant Activists At PFIR Conference

An inde­pen­dent pho­tog­ra­pher pub­lished images from the Octo­ber 13, 2014 con­fer­ence of the anti-immigrant group Pro­gres­sives for Immi­gra­tion Reform (PFIR) reveal­ing anti-immigrant extrem­ists and activists with a his­tory of mak­ing big­oted state­ments in atten­dance. The annual con­fer­ence takes place around the same week­end as other anti-immigrant gath­er­ings, namely the advi­sory board meet­ing of the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) and the Social Con­tract Press Writ­ers Work­shop.progressives-for-immigration-reform

The images reveal that racist Wayne Lut­ton attended the PFIR con­fer­ence. Lut­ton is edi­tor of the anti-immigrant jour­nal The Social Con­tract (TSC), pub­lished by racist John Tan­ton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant move­ment. In one image from the con­fer­ence, Lut­ton is speak­ing to Roy Beck, founder of the anti-immigrant group Num­ber­sUSA. 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 a 2010 issue of TSC, Lut­ton wrote an edi­to­r­ial call­ing for a ban on all Mus­lim immi­gra­tion to the United States. Lut­ton has spo­ken at white suprema­cist gath­er­ings in the past, such as Amer­i­can Renais­sance and Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens conferences.

The Montana-based anti-immigrant activist Paul Nach­man also attended the PFIR con­fer­ence. Nach­man is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to the racist web­site VDARE, founded by white suprema­cist Peter Brimelow. Nach­man has con­tributed hun­dreds of arti­cles for VDARE, dat­ing back to 2006. In one VDARE col­umn, Nach­man pro­moted the work of extrem­ist John Vin­son. In the same col­umn, Nach­man called the burn­ing of Korans by anti-Muslim activist Terry Jones an “edu­ca­tional demonstration.”

Cana­dian Made­line Weld also attended the con­fer­ence. Weld is an advi­sory board mem­ber with Sci­en­tists and Envi­ron­men­tal­ists for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion (SEPS) an anti-immigrant group attempt­ing to coax envi­ron­men­tal­ists and oth­ers into tak­ing an anti-immigrant stance. In the autumn 2013 issue of the jour­nal Human Per­spec­tives, Weld wrote, “Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism may be an invi­ta­tion to abuse, but none have been more dili­gent in mak­ing the most of this invi­ta­tion than Mus­lims, because Islam alone among the reli­gions and cul­tures brought to the West has a suprema­cist politico-religious agenda whose ulti­mate goal is world dom­i­na­tion.”  In June of 2013, Weld pur­port­edly signed a peti­tion call­ing for anti-Muslim big­ots Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer to be allowed entry into the UK after the British gov­ern­ment banned the pair for mak­ing state­ments which could “fos­ter hatred” and cause “inter-community violence.

Anti-immigrant activists with a his­tory of mak­ing big­oted state­ments and racists have also attended PFIR’s con­fer­ence in pre­vi­ous years, includ­ing Peter Brimelow and K.C. McAlpin, John Tanton’s right– hand man.

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