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May 23, 2014

CIS Promotes Widely Disputed Report on Far-Right Radio Show

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Jessica Vaughan

On May 20, Jessica Vaughan of the anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) appeared as a guest on “Trunews,” a radio show hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles. Vaughan was on the show to discuss a widely disputed new CIS report blaming the Obama administration for the release of over 36,000 “criminal aliens” by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2013.

The report, authored by Vaughan, provides a skewed analysis of the numbers compiled by ICE.  Her apparent intention in the report was not only to promote the narrative that immigrants are criminals but also to attack the Obama administration for its alleged failure to enforce immigration laws currently on the books, both common tactics of the anti-immigrant movement. In response to the CIS report, ICE spokespersons noted that immigrants who have committed crimes are only sent to ICE after they have served their sentences and that in some cases, the agency was required by law to release some of the immigrants.

After a few minutes of allowing Vaughan to explain the major takeaways from the report, Wiles offered a suggestion as to what to do with the undocumented population currently residing in the United States. Wiles stated, “Hey, um, you put them on a C130 cargo plane and strap a parachute to them and you fly over the home country and you push them out the door!” Vaughan responded with a laugh and stated, “Some people have suggested that!”

Vaughan’s appearance on “Trunews” is another recent example of the anti-immigrant movement using far-right and extreme media to promote their cause. In April of this year, Vaughan granted an interview to reporter from the anti-Semitic newspaper American Free Press (AFP), founded by Holocaust denier Willis Carto. In March of 2014, Chris Chmielenski of the anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA, provided an interview to AFP.

In 2014, Frosty Wooldridge, an advisory board member with the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) appeared on more than one occasion on “The Jeff Rense Pro­gram.”  The program is a conspiracy-oriented Inter­net radio show broadcast on Rense’s noto­ri­ously anti-Semitic web­site. In Decem­ber 2013, David North, a fel­low with CIS appeared on “The Real­ist Report,” an Inter­net radio show hosted by the vir­u­lent anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier, John Friend.

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April 3, 2014

FAIR Advisory Board Member Does Radio Interview on Anti-Semitic Website

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Frosty Wooldrige

On Tuesday, March 25, Frosty Wooldridge, an anti-immigrant activist and advisory board member for the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), appeared on “The Jeff Rense Program,” a conspiracy-oriented Internet radio show. Rense broadcasts his show on his notoriously anti-Semitic website, which promotes a wide variety of conspiracy theories, from UFO reports to supposed environmental threats to alleged Jewish control of the world.

The March appearance is Wooldridge’s latest on the show, with Rense welcoming him back and describing him as a “friend” and “great patriot.” Though Rense and Wooldridge were scheduled to speak about the issue of growing greenhouse gasses, both men also voiced anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Early in the program Rense blamed immigration for “the degradation of the identity of the American people.” Wooldridge claimed Muslims are “destroying” London and called Belgium “Belgistan.” He also predicted “at some point Detroit is going to go Shariah Law” and said Muslims are “literally taking over” the state of Michigan. Wooldridge also asserted, “There are twenty-two known jihad training camps in America.”

Rense’s website contains a large archive with hundreds of articles penned by Wooldridge. The website also contains archives for the radio shows of anti-Semite David Duke and extremist Don Black, the founder of Stormfront, the most popular Internet forum for anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists. The Rense website also links to the writings of a number of other anti-Semites such as Ted Pike, founder of the National Prayer Network and Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel.

Wooldridge, who is also a senior writing fellow for the Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), is the latest anti-immigrant figure to appear on  “The Jeff Rense Program.” According to the show’s, archives, Roy Beck, the founder of the anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA and Glenn Spencer, founder of the anti-Hispanic hate group Amer­i­can Bor­der Patrol also appeared on the show in the past.

These are not the only examples of anti-immigrant activists appearing on extremist venues. In December 2013, David North,  a fellow with the anti-immigrant group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) appeared on “The Realist Report,” an Internet radio show hosted by the virulent anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, John Friend.

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December 24, 2013

Anti-Semite John Friend Interviews Center for Immigration Fellow on His Radio Show

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John Friend, host of “The Realist Report”

David North, a fellow with the anti-immigrant group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) appeared on “The Realist Report,” a radio show hosted by the virulent anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, John Friend. The show focused on immigration.

After the interview with North, Friend also promoted his white supremacist views regarding immigration. He wrote in the comments section of his website that he wished he asked North the following question: “In your view, do traditionally White Western European countries have the right to maintain and protect their traditional racial, ethnic, and cultural heritage?” Also in the comments section, Friend promoted the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews are responsible for non-white immigration to the United States.

Though CIS claims to be a mainstream organization that is against illegal immigration, this is not the first example of CIS associating itself with anti-Semites. In November of 2012, CIS circulated an article to its members authored by Virginia Abernethy. Abernethy serves on the editorial board of the Occidental Quarterly, an anti-Semitic publication edited by anti-Semitic professor Kevin MacDonald. In May 2012, CIS legal policy analyst, Jon Feere, provided quotes for  article titled, “‘Big Ag’ Favors Illegal Immigration” in American Free Press (AFP), a conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic newspaper run by long-time anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, Willis Carto.

It is not clear if North knew about Friend’s anti-Semitism but even a cursory look at Friend’s work would have revealed his extreme views. Friend has written numerous anti-Semitic articles for AFP and on his personal website. His homepage contains quotes from Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels. In a May 2013 article on his website, Friend wrote, “The arrogance, deceit, and treachery of the organized Jewish community knows no bounds.  Adolf Hitler was quite correct when he described the Jews as having an ‘unqualified capacity for falsehood.’” In a March 2013, article, Friend called the Holocaust a “fake narrative.”

In March 2013, Friend also announced the creation of the American Nationalist Association (ANA), a group which “aims to develop and advance the interests of traditional White America.” ANA’s statement of principles also reveals Friend’s anti-Semitism. The statement urges peoples of European ancestry to “Expose and reject all forms of Communism, Cultural Marxism, International Zionism, Globalism, Multi-Culturalism, and all Un-American rackets, frauds and organizations, including Usury and International Finance Capitalism.”

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