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March 21, 2014 0

Anti-Immigrant Think Tank Appoints Bay Buchanan To Board

bay buchananThe Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS), an anti-immigrant think tank founded by racist John Tan­ton, recently appointed Bay Buchanan, an anti-immigrant fig­ure with ties to extrem­ists, to its board of directors.

Buchanan is the pres­i­dent of The Amer­i­can Cause, a group founded by her brother, Pat Buchanan, a racist and anti-Semite. Though the orga­ni­za­tion is cur­rently dor­mant, it hosted a num­ber of anti-immigrant gath­er­ings in the past fea­tur­ing racist speakers.

For exam­ple, in Jan­u­ary 2009 the orga­ni­za­tion held an event when it released a report on the impact of can­di­dates’ views on immi­gra­tion dur­ing the 2008 elec­tion. Pan­elists included Bay Buchanan, Peter Brimelow, a white suprema­cist and founder of the racist anti-immigrant web­site VDARE, and Mar­cus Epstein, founder of the now-defunct far-right Robert Taft Club. The Taft Club often invited racist speak­ers to address its gath­er­ings, includ­ing white suprema­cist Jared Tay­lor, founder of The New Cen­tury Foun­da­tion, a self –styled think tank known pri­mar­ily for Amer­i­can Renais­sance , a white suprema­cist jour­nal and com­pan­ion website.

After Mar­cus Epstein was arrested and pleaded guilty to sim­ple assault for attack­ing an African Amer­i­can woman in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Buchanan defended him in a col­umn pub­lished by VDARE titled “The Inter­net Lynch­ing of Mar­cus Epstein.” Buchanan also con­tributed an arti­cle to The Social Con­tract (TSC) an anti-immigrant jour­nal edited by white suprema­cist Wayne Lut­ton. At the 2011 Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence (CPAC), Buchanan spoke on a panel spon­sored by the now-defunct racist stu­dent group Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC) titled “Will Immi­gra­tion Kill the GOP?”  Kevin DeAnna, the founder of YWC, was also on the panel. In 2005, Buchanan was a guest on the racist radio pro­gram The Polit­i­cal Cesspool, hosted by white suprema­cist James Edwards.

Buchanan also served as chair for her brother’s three pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns and in 2008, was a senior advi­sor to for­mer Col­orado con­gress­man Tom Tan­credo, who is known for his anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric.  Buchanan also ran the now-defunct Team Amer­ica Polit­i­cal Action Com­mit­tee (PAC) founded by Tancredo.

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February 13, 2013 1

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) Named Head of House Immigration Reform Caucus

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ted Poe (R-TX) announced on Feb­ru­ary 7, 2013, that he will chair the House Immi­gra­tion Reform Cau­cus (IRC). The immi­gra­tion restric­tion­ist replaces out­go­ing chair­man Brian Bil­bray, who lost his seat in Cal­i­for­nia in Novem­ber 2012. Founded in 1999 by for­mer Col­orado Rep. Tom Tan­credo, IRC is the main block of immi­gra­tion restric­tion­ists in the House.  It is very closely aligned with the anti-immigrant movement.

Poe’s views closely align with the anti-immigrant move­ment. The Beltway-based anti-immigrant group Num­ber­sUSA give Poe an “A” grade for his vot­ing record on immi­gra­tion, which indi­cates that his record is in line with their ide­ol­ogy. In 2010, Poe signed onto an ami­cus brief in sup­port of Arizona’s SB1070 law, drafted by the Immi­gra­tion Reform Law Insti­tute (IRLI), the legal arm of the DC-based anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR).  Poe has attended FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” radio event in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. The event brings radio hosts to Wash­ing­ton to broad­cast live and inter­view anti-immigrant activists and restric­tion­ist politi­cians. On Novem­ber 19, 2009, Poe par­tic­i­pated in a forum with other mem­bers of the House Judi­ciary Com­mit­tee enti­tled “Amer­i­can Jobs in Peril: The Impact of Uncon­trolled Immi­gra­tion.” Speak­ers included Roy Beck, pres­i­dent of Num­ber­sUSA, and Jerry Kam­mer and Steven Camarota of the anti-immigrant think-tank Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS).

The Feb­ru­ary 7, 2013 press release also announced the mem­bers of the IRC Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee: Diane Black (R-TN), Bill Flo­res (R-TX), Phil Gin­grey (R-GA) and Lamar Smith (R-TX). All four Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­bers have “A” grades from Num­ber­sUSA.  Lamar Smith and Phil Gin­grey have close ties to the anti-immigrant move­ment. Dur­ing his tenure as chair of the House Judi­ciary Com­mit­tee, Smith invited many promi­nent mem­bers of the anti-immigrant move­ment to tes­tify on immi­gra­tion issues. Gin­grey and Smith are also reg­u­lars at FAIR’s “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event. Both men received dona­tions from the U.S. Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC in the past. Mary Lou Tan­ton, the wife of racist John Tan­ton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant move­ment, runs the PAC.

The Poe press release stated that IRC cur­rently has 58 mem­bers, although 77 peo­ple who were pre­vi­ously IRC mem­bers won re-election in 2012. It is unclear why so many IRC mem­bers decided to leave the Cau­cus, but some may want to dis­tance them­selves from the anti-immigrant move­ment now that immi­gra­tion reform has become more accept­able to both polit­i­cal par­ties. IRC’s pre­vi­ous two chairs, Bil­bray and Tom Tan­credo, a for­mer rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Col­orado, both lost elec­tions, per­haps in part due to their restric­tion­ist views on immi­gra­tion. It remains to be seen how Poe’s new posi­tion will impact vot­ers in his district.

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June 19, 2012 1

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo to Speak at White Supremacist Conference

For­mer Con­gress­man Tom Tan­credo (R-CO) is sched­uled to speak at the national con­fer­ence of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC), accord­ing to a recent newslet­ter dis­trib­uted by the group. The con­fer­ence is sched­uled to take place July 6–7, 2012, in Nashville, Ten­nessee. Tancredo’s topic will be “Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism — the Death of America.”

If this announce­ment is cor­rect, Tan­credo, who is known for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and attacks on mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, has shown his true col­ors by agree­ing to appear before a group that pro­motes racism and white sep­a­ratism. The CofCC traces its roots directly to the racist, anti-integrationist White Cit­i­zens’ Coun­cils of the 1950s and 1960s. The group exploits hot-button issues such as immi­gra­tion and black-on-white crime to inflame fears about minori­ties and the destruc­tion of white cul­ture in America. 

Among the sched­uled speak­ers at the CofCC con­fer­ence are Don Black who runs Storm­front, the largest and most pop­u­lar white suprema­cist Inter­net forum; Derek Black, Don Black’s son, who runs a radio show with his father on Storm­front, and James Edwards, whose radio show, The Polit­i­cal Cesspool, reg­u­larly fea­tures racists and anti-Semites. 

In the last few years, Tan­credo has become increas­ingly stri­dent in his view that the influx of both legal and undoc­u­mented immi­grants is destroy­ing Amer­i­can cul­ture. At the Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Con­fer­ence (CPAC) in Feb­ru­ary 2011, at a panel titled, “Will Immi­gra­tion Kill the GOP?” Tan­credo alleged that the “cult of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism” had hurt the United States and the rest of the world, par­tic­u­larly West­ern Europe. He asserted that mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism was “the dag­ger point into the heart of west­ern civilization.”

The CPAC panel was spon­sored by Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC), a far-right stu­dent group, which made Tan­credo its hon­orary chair­man. YWC has also decried mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism for “destroy­ing and dis­pos­sess­ing the peo­ple and cul­ture of the West.” The term “West­ern civ­i­liza­tion” has become a euphemism in far-right and racist cir­cles to sig­nify white Euro­pean cul­ture. Dur­ing a Feb­ru­ary 2009 lec­ture at Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity that YWC orga­nized, Tan­credo sug­gested that “through­out his­tory, peo­ple who are not white Anglo-Saxon have become Amer­i­can by adopt­ing a white Anglo-Saxon culture.”

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