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February 19, 2013

New Images Reveal Racists Attended Progressives for Immigration Reform Conference

New images from the October 1, 2012 conference of the anti-immigrant group Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR) emerged recently, showing many extremists in attendance.   For example, one attendee was racist Peter Brimelow, the founder of VDARE. After the tragic shooting at a Sikh temple in the summer of 2012 by white supremacist Wade Michael Page, Brimelow wrote an article for VDARE asking what Sikhs were doing in Wisconsin in the first place. VDARE also frequently publishes articles from white supremacists such as Jared Taylor and anti-Semites such as California professor Kevin MacDonald.  

Wayne Lutton, editor of the anti-immigrant journal The Social Contract (TSC), published by racist John Tanton, also was present at the PFIR conference. 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 2010, TSC published an issue entitled “The Menace of Islam” which was filled with anti-Muslim rhetoric.  In the “letter from the editor,” Lutton called for a ban on all Muslim immigration to the United States, arguing “what benefit do Americans derive from having Muslims settle here? The costs have far outweighed any benefits in terms of terrorism, violent crime, and other social costs. What evidence is there that Muslim integration is possible? It seems clear to us that it is (past) time to halt Muslim immigration to the United States.”

K.C. McAlpin, the president of an anti-immigrant umbrella group called U.S., Inc. was another controversial attendee.  After the TSC journal called for a ban on all Muslim immigration, McAlpin attempted to justify the ban.  He claimed that banning Muslims would be the same as banning communists or Nazis in the past. According to McAlpin, “Congress has used that power in the past to ban the immigration of Communist Party and National Socialist (Nazi) party members who were deemed to be threats to our national security. This case is no different.”

PFIR claims to be a “progressive” organization, but allowing racists such as Peter Brimelow and Wayne Lutton to attend its conferences further undermines its credibility.

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November 20, 2012

Anti-Immigrant Group Circulates Blog From White Supremacist In Weekly Email

On November 16, 2012, the DC-based anti-immigrant group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) circulated a blog post written by white supremacist Virginia Abernethy to the group’s supporters as part of its weekly email containing immigration opinion pieces. The source of the Abernethy article was VDARE, a racist website known for publishing the works of anti-Semites and white supremacists.  CIS regularly circulates articles from VDARE in its weekly email, but including an article from a well-known white supremacist is new for the group.

Abernethy’s article criticized GOP strategist Karl Rove for his views on immigration, with Abernethy arguing that Rove and “those who advocate continued mass immigration choose the path of national suicide.”

Abernethy is closely tied to the anti-immigrant movement in the United States. She sits on the board of the anti-immigrant groups Population-Environment Balance and the Carrying Capacity Network. In 2004 Abernethy became the chair of the national advisory board of the group Protect Arizona Now (PAN), a group set up to help pass Proposition 200, an anti-immigrant ballot initiative seeking to limit undocumented immigrants’ access to public benefits and to require proof of citizenship to register to vote. Abernethy also published an article in the spring 1998 edition of The Social Contract (TSC), an anti-immigrant journal founded by racist John Tanton.

Abernethy’s white supremacist views and ties to white supremacist organizations are well known. In the 2012 Presidential elections, Abernethy ran as a vice-presidential candidate for the white supremacist political party, American Third Position (A3P). Abernethy serves on the editorial advisory board of the white supremacist publication Occidental Quarterly, edited by anti-Semitic professor Kevin MacDonald.  Abernethy has also addressed a white supremacist organization, the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), on a number of occasions. She has referred to herself as an “ethnic separatist.” In a 2012 interview with The Tennessean, Abernethy stated, “Separatism says, ‘Birds of a feather flock together.’ I say, ‘Let them.’ What I see is rampant racial discrimination against European-Americans. And I am not in favor of discrimination.”

CIS attempts to distance itself from accusations of racism and bigotry.  This week, however, it promoted the writings of a white supremacist.

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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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