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February 19, 2013 1

New Images Reveal Racists Attended Progressives for Immigration Reform Conference

New images from the Octo­ber 1, 2012 con­fer­ence of the anti-immigrant group Pro­gres­sives for Immi­gra­tion Reform (PFIR) emerged recently, show­ing many extrem­ists in atten­dance.   For exam­ple, one attendee was racist Peter Brimelow, the founder of VDARE. After the tragic shoot­ing at a Sikh tem­ple in the sum­mer of 2012 by white suprema­cist Wade Michael Page, Brimelow wrote an arti­cle for VDARE ask­ing what Sikhs were doing in Wis­con­sin in the first place. VDARE also fre­quently pub­lishes arti­cles from white suprema­cists such as Jared Tay­lor and anti-Semites such as Cal­i­for­nia pro­fes­sor Kevin Mac­Don­ald.  

Wayne Lut­ton, edi­tor of the anti-immigrant jour­nal The Social Con­tract (TSC), pub­lished by racist John Tan­ton, also was present at the PFIR con­fer­ence. 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 2010, TSC pub­lished an issue enti­tled “The Men­ace of Islam” which was filled with anti-Muslim rhetoric.  In the “let­ter from the edi­tor,” Lut­ton called for a ban on all Mus­lim immi­gra­tion to the United States, argu­ing “what ben­e­fit do Amer­i­cans derive from hav­ing Mus­lims set­tle here? The costs have far out­weighed any ben­e­fits in terms of ter­ror­ism, vio­lent crime, and other social costs. What evi­dence is there that Mus­lim inte­gra­tion is pos­si­ble? It seems clear to us that it is (past) time to halt Mus­lim immi­gra­tion to the United States.”

K.C. McAlpin, the pres­i­dent of an anti-immigrant umbrella group called U.S., Inc. was another con­tro­ver­sial attendee.  After the TSC jour­nal called for a ban on all Mus­lim immi­gra­tion, McAlpin attempted to jus­tify the ban.  He claimed that ban­ning Mus­lims would be the same as ban­ning com­mu­nists or Nazis in the past. Accord­ing to McAlpin, “Con­gress has used that power in the past to ban the immi­gra­tion of Com­mu­nist Party and National Social­ist (Nazi) party mem­bers who were deemed to be threats to our national secu­rity. This case is no different.”

PFIR claims to be a “pro­gres­sive” orga­ni­za­tion, but allow­ing racists such as Peter Brimelow and Wayne Lut­ton to attend its con­fer­ences fur­ther under­mines its credibility.

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November 20, 2012 1

Anti-Immigrant Group Circulates Blog From White Supremacist In Weekly Email

On Novem­ber 16, 2012, the DC-based anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS) cir­cu­lated a blog post writ­ten by white suprema­cist Vir­ginia Aber­nethy to the group’s sup­port­ers as part of its weekly email con­tain­ing immi­gra­tion opin­ion pieces. The source of the Aber­nethy arti­cle was VDARE, a racist web­site known for pub­lish­ing the works of anti-Semites and white suprema­cists.  CIS reg­u­larly cir­cu­lates arti­cles from VDARE in its weekly email, but includ­ing an arti­cle from a well-known white suprema­cist is new for the group.

Abernethy’s arti­cle crit­i­cized GOP strate­gist Karl Rove for his views on immi­gra­tion, with Aber­nethy argu­ing that Rove and “those who advo­cate con­tin­ued mass immi­gra­tion choose the path of national suicide.”

Aber­nethy is closely tied to the anti-immigrant move­ment in the United States. She sits on the board of the anti-immigrant groups Population-Environment Bal­ance and the Car­ry­ing Capac­ity Net­work. In 2004 Aber­nethy became the chair of the national advi­sory board of the group Pro­tect Ari­zona Now (PAN), a group set up to help pass Propo­si­tion 200, an anti-immigrant bal­lot ini­tia­tive seek­ing to limit undoc­u­mented immi­grants’ access to pub­lic ben­e­fits and to require proof of cit­i­zen­ship to reg­is­ter to vote. Aber­nethy also pub­lished an arti­cle in the spring 1998 edi­tion of The Social Con­tract (TSC), an anti-immigrant jour­nal founded by racist John Tan­ton.

Abernethy’s white suprema­cist views and ties to white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tions are well known. In the 2012 Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, Aber­nethy ran as a vice-presidential can­di­date for the white suprema­cist polit­i­cal party, Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion (A3P). Aber­nethy serves on the edi­to­r­ial advi­sory board of the white suprema­cist pub­li­ca­tion Occi­den­tal Quar­terly, edited by anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor Kevin Mac­Don­ald.  Aber­nethy has also addressed a white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion, the Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC), on a num­ber of occa­sions. She has referred to her­self as an “eth­nic sep­a­ratist.” In a 2012 inter­view with The Ten­nessean, Aber­nethy stated, “Sep­a­ratism says, ‘Birds of a feather flock together.’ I say, ‘Let them.’ What I see is ram­pant racial dis­crim­i­na­tion against European-Americans. And I am not in favor of discrimination.”

CIS attempts to dis­tance itself from accu­sa­tions of racism and big­otry.  This week, how­ever, it pro­moted the writ­ings of a white supremacist.

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