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February 21, 2013

Anti-Immigrant Umbrella Group U.S., Inc.’s New Website Reveals Organization’s Influence

The anti-immigrant umbrella organization, U.S., Inc., founded and run by racist John Tanton, the primary architect of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement, recently established a website for the first time in its 31-year history. The website provides further insight into how the organization works and the “projects” it runs.

In an in-depth interview about founding the anti-immigrant movement, Tanton discussed why he created U.S., Inc.: Since I had been involved over the years in starting a number of organizations, each of them a separate group which required separate accounting and separate filings with the IRS, I got the idea in about 1979 of setting up an umbrella foundation, out of which a number of projects could be run.”

Many of these “projects” founded or nurtured by Tanton developed into some of the leading anti-immigrant groups in the country today, the most notable example being NumbersUSA. NumbersUSA’s founder Roy Beck worked for Tanton for years as the Washington editor of Tanton’s anti-immigrant journal The Social Contract (TSC). Beck founded NumbersUSA in 1996/1997 and the group remained under U.S. Inc.’s umbrella until 2002, when it broke off and became an independent organization.

Another “project” formerly under the U.S., Inc. umbrella was U.S. English, a group devoted to making English the official language of the United States. Tanton resigned as chairman from U.S. English after a newspaper revealed a racially charged memo penned by Tanton asking questions like “will blacks be able to improve (or even maintain) their position on the face of the Latin onslaught?” and “will Latin American migrants bring with them the tradition of the mordida (bribe)?”

U.S., Inc.’s website highlights its current “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.  Another U.S., Inc. project is the anti-immigrant group ProEnglish. Bob Vandervoort, ProEnglish’s executive director, 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.

In addition, U.S., Inc.’s website reveals the organization’s financial documents. Each year, it grants funds to anti-immigrant organizations around the country. According to its financial statements, U.S., Inc. provided funding for Floridians for Immigration Enforcement, Californians for Population Stabilization and 9/11 Families for a Secure America in 2011.

U.S. Inc.’s new site provides further evidence of its importance to the anti-immigrant movement. In the past, the umbrella organization developed bourgeoning anti-immigrant groups and helped them get on their feet; today it continues to fund and support well-established anti-immigrant groups around the country.

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October 17, 2012

Progressives for Immigration Reform Conference Attracts Major Anti-Immigrant Figures

Despite claims by Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR) to be a “progressive” and “environmental” organization, the appearance of several anti-immigrant activists at PFIR’s third annual conference in Washington, DC, earlier this month, further confirms that the group is firmly entrenched in the anti-immigrant movement.

Photos of the conference on the group Facebook page show Roy Beck, head of the Virginia-based anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA, in the audience. Beck is the former Washington editor of The Social Contract (TSC), an anti-immigrant journal published by racist John Tanton. During the years Beck was working as the Washington editor of TSC, the journal published the writings of known white supremacists such as Sam Francis and Jared Taylor. Beck also spoke at the 1997 national conference of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization.

Another picture taken at the PFIR conference shows John Rohe, vice-president of philanthropy and secretary at the Colcom Foundation, in attendance. Rohe is reportedly a close friend of Tanton, and worked with him at Tanton’s U.S., Inc. organization in Michigan for a number of years.  Rohe even authored Tanton’s biography. The Colcom foundation is the premier funder of the anti-immigrant movement in the United States, and has donated millions of dollars a year to anti-immigrant groups such as PFIR, U.S., Inc., NumbersUSA and many others.

A third key anti-immigrant figure identified at the PFIR conference is Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung, the chair of the Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS). CAPS reportedly received money from the Pioneer Fund, a foundation that promotes the study of eugenics, in 2002. DeYoung is behind a push this year to get more recognition for CAPS. The group aired ads during the Democratic and Republican conventions and launched a number of new projects in 2012.

PFIR’s claim to legitimacy in the environmental movement continues to unravel. Its website states, “Indeed, it is hard to think of a single environmental problem that is not made significantly worse by population growth, or that could not be more effectively met if we could stabilize or reduce our population.” As this quote indicates, the group’s real agenda is to cite immigration as the major source of environmental problems in the United States.

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September 28, 2012

Numbers USA donates $100,000 to help defend anti-immigrant ordinance in Famers Branch, Texas

The anti-immigrant group, NumbersUSA, recently donated $100,000 to the Farmers Branch legal defense fund in an effort to help an anti-immigrant ordinance in the Texas town pass its latest round of legal challenges.

If upheld, the ordinance would ban all undocumented immigrants from renting properties in the town.  Banning undocumented immigrants from renting properties is a small part of the “attrition through enforcement” platform created by the anti-immigrant movement. The platform’s goal is to make life so difficult for immigrants that they will “self deport” back to their country of origin.

According to financial records, NumbersUSA donated $10,000 to the Farmers Branch Legal Defense Fund in 2009, so this most recent contribution of $100,000 is a ten-fold increase. Last week the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the case. If the Fifth Circuit upholds the law, a key piece of the anti-immigrant movement’s “attrition through enforcement” policy would be given the green light and similar ordinances may spring up in towns across the country.

Another anti-immigrant group, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), is also heavily involved in the Farmers Branch case. IRLI drafted the ordinance and is also defending the case in court. The IRLI lawyer in the case is Kris Kobach, the Secretary of State of Kansas and author of some of the harshest anti-immigrant legislation passed in the country, including Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56.

Kobach and NumbersUSA have worked together previously. Just last month, Kobach filed a lawsuit on behalf of ten disgruntled Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents against ICE and the Department of Homeland Security, stating that the directives both organizations received from the Obama administration’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy violates federal law.  The policy allows some eligible children of undocumented workers who were not born in the U.S. to apply for temporary work authorizations, and calls for ICE agents to refrain from detaining them. After the case was filed, NumbersUSA announced that it will be funding the lawsuit.

IRLI and NumbersUSA’s connections run even deeper than just collaborating on court cases. IRLI is the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), founded by racist John Tanton in 1979. It was under Tanton’s leadership that IRLI formed a few years later. Tanton also worked closely with NumbersUSA founder, Roy Beck for many years. Beck served as the Washington editor for Tanton’s anti-immigrant journal, The Social Contract, for a decade and internal memos from Tanton indicate that he thought of Beck as his “heir apparent.”

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