the social contract » ADL Blogs
Posts Tagged ‘the social contract’
August 17, 2012 1

Progressives for Immigration Reform Announces Conference and New Project

The pres­i­dent of Pro­gres­sives for Immi­gra­tion Reform, Phil Cafaro

The anti-immigrant group Pro­gres­sives for Immi­gra­tion Reform (PFIR) has announced its third annual con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. sched­uled for Octo­ber 2012. In addi­tion, the group is pro­mot­ing their new project–a state­ment on the envi­ron­men­tal impact of U.S. immi­gra­tion policy.

PFIR was founded in 2009 claim­ing to “edu­cate the pub­lic about the unin­tended con­se­quences of mass migra­tion.” In real­ity, PFIR is made up of a host of anti-immigrant fig­ures, many of whom approach the issue of immi­gra­tion from an envi­ron­men­tal stand­point. PFIR’s use of the term “pro­gres­sives” is an attempt to attract envi­ron­men­tal­ists and to coax them to view immi­gra­tion as the cause of envi­ron­men­tal problems.

Though the group has not yet announced the speak­ers at this year’s event, speak­ers in the past have included a host of fig­ures from anti-immigrant groups , includ­ing Roy Beck from Num­ber­sUSA and Steven Camarota from the Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS). Also in atten­dance last year was Mike Heth­mon from the Immi­gra­tion Reform Law Insti­tute (IRLI), the legal arm of the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR).

The aim of PFIR’s new project is to deter­mine the num­ber of immi­grants Con­gress should allow into the United States. For years, anti-immigrant groups have argued that not only should all undoc­u­mented immi­gra­tion be pre­vented but that Con­gress should also dra­mat­i­cally decrease the num­ber of legal immi­grants enter­ing the coun­try each year. Extreme anti-immigrant groups such as FAIR have gone as far as to call for a tem­po­rary mora­to­rium on all immi­gra­tion to the United States.

The two prin­ci­pal inves­ti­ga­tors of PFIR’s new project are PFIR pres­i­dent Phil Cafaro and advi­sory board mem­ber Leon Kolankiewicz. Both have ties to other anti-immigrant groups.

Kolankiewicz has writ­ten reports for CIS pri­mar­ily address­ing the alleged envi­ron­men­tal impact of immi­gra­tion. He also co-authored a report with Beck, which blamed immi­grants for America’s envi­ron­men­tal prob­lems. Kolankiewicz is a senior writ­ing fel­low for the California-based anti-immigrant group Cal­i­for­ni­ans for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion (CAPS).  In addi­tion, he has writ­ten over a half dozen arti­cles for The Social Con­tract, an anti-immigrant jour­nal pub­lished by racist John Tan­ton.

Cafaro was for­merly a fel­low at CIS and wrote a num­ber of reports for the orga­ni­za­tion that attempted to blame immi­grants for envi­ron­men­tal degradation.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

July 13, 2012 0

Anti-Immigrant Political Action Committee Sees Rise in Contributions for 2012 Election Cycle

US Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC, a polit­i­cal action com­mit­tee whose pur­pose is to “reduce immi­gra­tion” and “secure our nation’s bor­ders,” has seen a sharp increase in con­tri­bu­tions for the 2012 elec­tion cycle. The PAC’s pres­i­dent is Mary Lou Tan­ton, the spouse of John Tan­ton, the archi­tect of the mod­ern day anti-immigrant move­ment in the United States. 

Accord­ing to the web­site Open Secrets, which tracks fed­eral cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions, US Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC’s total receipts for 2012 to date are over $14,500 with almost four months to go before Elec­tion Day. While this fig­ure is rel­a­tively low, it is up almost ten-fold from the last elec­tion cycle, where the PAC only received a lit­tle over $1500 in total receipts. In the 2012 cycle, US Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC has donated $2500 to con­gres­sional can­di­dates, so far.
 
Open Secrets also lists indi­vid­ual donors who have given $200 or more to the PAC. Among the donors for 2012 is Sharon Barnes, a long­time board mem­ber of the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), an extreme anti-immigration group that was founded by John Tan­ton in 1979. Barnes, who has donated $300 to date, for­merly sat on the edi­to­r­ial advi­sory board of Tanton’s anti-immigrant jour­nal, The Social Con­tract. Another con­trib­u­tor of over $200 is John Rohe, who, along with his wife, donated a com­bined $500 to the PAC for the 2012 elec­tion cycle. Rohe is a good friend of John and Mary Lou Tan­ton, even pen­ning the couple’s biog­ra­phy, which was pub­lished in 2002. Rohe is also the Vice Pres­i­dent of Phil­an­thropy at the Col­com Foun­da­tion, an orga­ni­za­tion that donates mil­lions of dol­lars to anti-immigrant groups each year.
 
It is no sur­prise that US Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC’s con­tri­bu­tions are up since immi­gra­tion is a hot-button issue in the 2012 elec­tion cycle. The four con­gres­sional can­di­dates that the PAC has donated to thus far in 2012 are Lou Bar­letta (R-PA), Paul Broun (R-GA), Steve King (R-IA) and Allen West (R-FL). 

 

As a 501©(3) non-profit char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tion, ADL does not endorse or oppose any can­di­dates for polit­i­cal office.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,