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October 24, 2014

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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October 7, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Groups Call For Immigration Bans Following Ebola Scare

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Jessica Vaughan

As news broke of the first person inside the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus, anti-immigrant groups seized the opportunity to use this information as a way to speak out against “mass immigration.” Over the past month, anti-immigrant groups used the same tactic when attempting to bring the terrorist group ISIS into the immigration debate.

In an interview with the Daily Caller, Jessica Vaughan, the policy director of the anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) argued that Africans will try to come to the United States for treatment. She attempted to back up this claim by equating Ebola patients with unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central American and seeking refuge in the United States, claiming both are trying “to take advantage” of U.S. border policy. Vaughan has made prior bigoted statements about immigrants. In 2008 Vaughan claimed, “One legacy of TPS (Temporary Protected Status for refugees) has been its contribution to the burgeoning street gang problem in the United States.”

Vaughan’s colleague, Mark Krikorian, continued the argument in a column for National Review Online, titled, “Ban Travel from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea—Now.” In the column, Krikorian again voiced his opposition to Muslim immigration to the United States, stating, “Why has the government permitted the number of Saudi immigrants in the U.S. to double in just three years?… Why are we going to ‘greatly expand resettlement for Syrian refugees’?”

Anti-immigrant extremists also used the Ebola news as an opportunity to call for a reduction to immigration. In an October 1 article, Patrick Cleburne, a writer for the racist website VDARE founded by white supremacist Peter Brimelow, stated, “My own question: why does America need immigration from this famously unhealthy part of the world anyway?” Cleburne ended his article by claiming the U.S. needs to revisit the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which abolished racial quotas contained in previous immigration laws. Also on October 1, the Tea Party Immi­gra­tion Coali­tion headed by racist Rick Olt­man posted an article on its Facebook page about Ebola asking, “Is this how Obama will kill us?”

The anti-immigrant movement often paints immigrants as disease carriers in an attempt to create a climate of fear around the issue and call for a restriction on immigration. Attempting to capitalize of the recent Ebola diagnosis is the latest example of this trend.

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July 9, 2014

Michigan Anti-Immigrant Activist Behind Central American Child Protest

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Tamyra Murray

On Monday, July 7, anti-immigrant activists took to the streets in the small town of Vassar, Michigan, to protest the proposal to transfer children and mothers fleeing violence in Central America to their town. The protest resembled the ones in Murrieta, California, which received national attention due to the ugly climate and extreme rhetoric generated by the protesters.

The organizer of the protest in Vassar was Tamyra Murray, a long-time anti-immigrant activist with numerous extreme anti-immigrant ties. Murray announced her plans to hold a protest on her Facebook page and encouraged activists to join her. Her protest announcement also contained the same extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric voiced by Patrice Lynes, the organizer of the Murrieta protests. Murray wrote, “What diseases are being imported into the US that have already been eradicated here? Many of these ‘children’ belong to dangerous gangs and drug cartels.”

Before the protest, Murray announced that anti-immigrant activists from across the state of Michigan would be in attendance. The same was the case in Murrieta, where a number of anti-immigrant activists flocked to join the protests from all over Southern California.

Murray is a state advisor for the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). She is a regular attendee at FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Murray spoke at an anti-immigrant “Protect American Jobs Rally” in her home state of Michigan. Anti-immigrant politicians with ties to FAIR also spoke at the event. In September 2013, Murray, along with FAIR field representative Robert Najmulski, was listed as a speaker at a “Citizens Rising Against Illegal Immigration” event in Chester, Ohio.

Murray is also a liaison/public speaker for U.S., Inc., a Michigan-based extreme anti-immigrant umbrella organization founded by racist John Tanton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement. Tanton also founded FAIR in 1979. U.S., Inc. runs a number of “projects” includ­ing Tanton’s pub­lish­ing house, the Social Con­tract Press, which pub­lishes racist books, such as Jean Raspail’s Camp of the Saints, and sells books by racists such as Sam Fran­cis, Wayne Lut­ton and Peter Brimelow.

Despite efforts by the anti-immigrant movement to portray the protests in Michigan and California as spontaneous responses by residents, the evidence suggests that in both cases, longtime anti-immigrant activists with close ties to the movement played a major role in both events.

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