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April 25, 2013

Director of White Supremacist Organization Tied to Anti-immigrant Groups


Roan Garcia Quintana

Roan Garcia-Quintana, a director of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), is closely tied to anti-immigrant organizations in the United States. Garcia-Quintana is a well-known leader in the CofCC, a group descended from the White Citizens Councils, which opposed desegregation of schools during the Civil Rights era.

He is a frequent speaker at CofCC regional events and national conferences. The CofCC has called mixed-race marriage “the mongrelization of the races” and is openly hostile to immigration. The CofCC statement of principles says, “We therefore oppose the massive immigration of non-European and non-Western peoples into the United States that threatens to transform our nation into a non-European majority in our lifetime.”

In a recent post on his Facebook wall, Garcia-Quintana wrote about attending an event sponsored by the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).  The event, “Hold Their Feet to the Fire,” which took place April 17 and 18 in Washington, DC, brought together anti-immigrant activists, figures, radio hosts and immigration restrictionist members of Congress in an effort to influence the immigration debate. This year’s event focused on trying to derail immigration reform by discussing what FAIR sees as problems with the new immigration reform bill proposed by a bipartisan group of senators.

Participants in the event presented their views on conservative talk radio and lobbied members of Congress to vote against the bill.  On his Facebook page Garcia-Quintana said, “Attended the Federation for American Reform’s annual Hold Their Feet to the Fire to lobby our SC Congressional Delegation to stop the Rubio-McCain-Schumer Amnesty bill.” A photo on FAIR’s Facebook wall indicates that Garcia-Quintana also attended FAIR’s 2011 “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event.

Garcia-Quintana’s relationship with anti-immigrant organizations dates back a number of years. He is the founder of the South Carolina-based anti-immigrant group Americans Have Had Enough Coalition. He also appeared in a 2009 video titled “Immigration 103—American Trauma: Jobs and the Economy,” produced by the anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA.

There are well-documented ties between the anti-immigrant movement and the CofCC beyond Garcia-Quintana. Roy Beck, the founder of NumbersUSA and Rick Oltman, a former FAIR field organizer, both addressed CofCC national conferences in the past. In addition, other well-known figures in the anti-immigrant movement, such as Wayne Lutton, the editor of the anti-immigrant journal The Social Contract, have also spoken at CofCC events.

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November 9, 2012

ProEnglish Recruits Controversial Signatories for Letter to House and Senate Leadership

The Virginia-based anti-immigrant group ProEnglish, founded by racist John Tanton, recently sent a letter to the leadership of the U.S. House and Senate on the issue of Puerto Rican statehood, which  featured a number of controversial anti-immigrant activists as signatories. The coalition of 21 signatories included John Vinson, of the Virginia-based anti-immigrant group Americans for Immigration Control (AIC), Rick Oltman, formerly of the DC-based anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), and Phil Kent, a ProEnglish board member. The letter they signed calls on the House and Senate leadership to “include specific English language requirements in any legislation to admit Puerto Rico as the 51st State.” Voters in Puerto Rico voted on November 6 in favor of becoming a U.S. state, in a non-binding referendum.

Phil Kent is a longtime anti-immigrant activist based in Georgia who once suggested that citizens should be wary of multiculturalism, stating, “What will be the values and ideas of a multicultural America? What will it mean to be white after ‘whiteness’ no longer defines the cultural mainstream?” Kent also spoke at the 2009 Social Contract Press Writers Workshop, a group founded by Tanton. The workshop is held annually and often features racist speakers, including Peter Brimelow, the founder of the anti-immigrant website VDARE.

Rick Oltman, a former FAIR employee, addressed the 1997 conference of the white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC). When Oltman spoke at an anti-immigrant rally in 1998 in Cullman, Alabama, an ad for the rally published in the Spring 1998 edition of CofCC’s newsletter, the Council Reporter, described Oltman as a “member” of the organization. Oltman also has had six articles published in The Social Contract (TSC), an anti-immigrant journal, published by Tanton’s Social Contract Press.

John Vinson, the president of AIC, also has ties to CofCC.  Like Oltman, Vinson spoke at a CofCC conference (in 1999) and has had many articles published in TSC. In fact, Vinson guest edited the summer 1998 edition of TSC titled, “Europhobia: The Hostility Toward European-Descended Americans.” The issue featured a number of articles written by white supremacists, such as Jared Taylor and Sam Francis.

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