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March 21, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Think Tank Appoints Bay Buchanan To Board

bay buchananThe Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), an anti-immigrant think tank founded by racist John Tanton, recently appointed Bay Buchanan, an anti-immigrant figure with ties to extremists, to its board of directors.

Buchanan is the president of The American Cause, a group founded by her brother, Pat Buchanan, a racist and anti-Semite. Though the organization is currently dormant, it hosted a number of anti-immigrant gatherings in the past featuring racist speakers.

For example, in January 2009 the organization held an event when it released a report on the impact of candidates’ views on immigration during the 2008 election. Panelists included Bay Buchanan, Peter Brimelow, a white supremacist and founder of the racist anti-immigrant website VDARE, and Marcus Epstein, founder of the now-defunct far-right Robert Taft Club. The Taft Club often invited racist speakers to address its gatherings, including white supremacist Jared Taylor, founder of The New Century Foundation, a self -styled think tank known primarily for American Renaissance , a white supremacist journal and companion website.

After Marcus Epstein was arrested and pleaded guilty to simple assault for attacking an African American woman in Washington, D.C., Buchanan defended him in a column published by VDARE titled “The Internet Lynching of Marcus Epstein.” Buchanan also contributed an article to The Social Contract (TSC) an anti-immigrant journal edited by white supremacist Wayne Lutton. At the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Buchanan spoke on a panel sponsored by the now-defunct racist student group Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) titled “Will Immigration Kill the GOP?”  Kevin DeAnna, the founder of YWC, was also on the panel. In 2005, Buchanan was a guest on the racist radio program The Political Cesspool, hosted by white supremacist James Edwards.

Buchanan also served as chair for her brother’s three presidential campaigns and in 2008, was a senior advisor to former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo, who is known for his anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric.  Buchanan also ran the now-defunct Team America Political Action Committee (PAC) founded by Tancredo.

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February 5, 2014

ProEnglish Attacks Super Bowl Ad Promoting America’s Diversity

The anti-immigrant group ProEnglish is asking its activists to contact Coca-Cola about an ad the corporation aired during the Super Bowl depicting people of different ethnicities singing “America, the Beautiful” in a number of different languages.  ProEnglish claims the ad “directly undermined the spirit of national unity ‘America, the Beautiful’ was intended to foster.” The group went one step further, claiming Coke should “promote civic unity, not disunity.”pro-english-liberty-bell-adl

ProEnglish’s attacks on the Coca-Cola Corporation should be seen in light of its nativist agenda and xenophobic origins and ties. John Tanton, the racist architect of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement, founded ProEnglish in 1994. Tanton once wrote, “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” Tanton remains on the ProEnglish board to this day and though the organization is based in DC, it remains a “self-governing project” of Tanton’s Michigan-based umbrella anti-immigrant organization, U.S., Inc.

The goals of ProEnglish are to pass English-only bills at the local and state level as well as to make English the official language of the United States. These laws are often divisive. They limit access to the full range of government rights and benefits for immigrants residing in the United States. These laws also do not include steps to establish programs where immigrants can learn English. ProEnglish’s agenda divides communities in the United States over the issue of immigration.

The organization’s staff and activities are also problematic.  ProEnglish’s executive director, Robert Vandervoort, is report­edly the for­mer head of the white suprema­cist group Chicagoland Friends of Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a local chap­ter of the white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion Amer­i­can Renais­sance. ProEnglish sponsored a panel at the 2012 CPAC conference in Washington, D.C., featuring a number of racist speakers including Peter Brimelow, founder of the racist anti-immigrant website VDARE and John Derbyshire, a racist former National Review contributor who spoke at the 2013 American Renaissance conference. Later in 2012, ProEnglish sent a letter to House and Senate leaders in opposition of the issue of Puerto Rican statehood. A number of racists signed the letter including John Vinson, a found­ing mem­ber of the League of the South (LOS), a racist neo-Confederate orga­ni­za­tion. Vin­son was cred­ited with draft­ing the “Kin­ism State­ment,” a set of guid­ing prin­ci­ples for a mod­ern white suprema­cist inter­pre­ta­tion of Chris­tian­ity called “Kin­ism.”

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September 13, 2013

Anti-Immigrant Activists And Extremists React To Barbara Coe’s Death

On August 31 racist anti-immigrant activist Barbara Coe, the founder of the anti-Hispanic hate group California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR), passed away. Following her death, a number of anti-immigrant activists and extremists responded with messages praising her work.barbara-coe

Coe spent much of her later life demonizing immigrants in California and working with a number of extremists in an effort to advance her nativist cause. Coe was credited with leading the grassroots effort to pass California’s anti-immigrant legislation Proposition 187 in 1994. According to a 2005 article in the American Prospect, Coe described undocumented immigrant workers as “illegal barbarians who are cutting off heads and appendages of blind, white, disabled gringos.”

Coe also described immigrants as a “malignancy destroying the host.” A member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization, Coe spoke at a number of events featuring extremists. On January 17, 1998, Coe spoke at an anti-immigrant rally in Alabama featuring a number of racists, including Sam Dickson and Rick Oltman. On September 7, 2002 Coe spoke at another anti-immigrant gathering in New York featuring white supremacist Jared Taylor.

After news broke of her death, numerous anti-immigrant activists and extremists responded by painting Coe as a positive figure and promoting their own anti-immigrant views.

Racist Peter Brimelow, founder of the anti-immigrant site VDARE, described her passing as “very sad news,” and went on to state, “Barbara Coe was one of a group of California patriots who came together in the early 1990s because they saw the danger posed by mass illegal and legal immigration—and realized that the political Establishment, liberal and ‘conservative,’ intended to do absolutely nothing about it.”

Glenn Spencer, head of the anti-Hispanic hate group American Border Patrol, described Coe as “fire and brimstone” before stating, “She understood the issues and was a fighter.”

Anti-immigrant activist Ted Hayes claimed, “But before the Minute Men, indeed their [sic] was the California For Immigration Reform, and the partnership of Coe and Ron Prince who launched the successful Proposition 187, which as we know was overturned by a socialist, activist federal court giving cover to the non-military, foreign national, civilian, invasion-occupation of our country.”

William Gheen of the anti-immigrant group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) wrote, “All of Barbara’s friends and family have much to be proud of because of the great fight she put up against the diseases of cancer and illegal immigration!”

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