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January 14, 2015

After Terrorist Attacks, Anti-immigrant Activists Attack Muslim Immigration

In the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo Paris office and a kosher market in Paris, anti-immigrant activists in the U.S. are urging the United States to stop all Muslim immigration to this country. They also claim that anyone who practices Islam is inclined towards extremism.

Tom Tancredo

Tom Tancredo

In a January 12, 2015 column for World Net Daily (WND) titled, “Yes, It is Islam!” former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo writes, “So, here we are again, being told that we can’t blame Islam for the murderous acts that have cost thousands of lives since 9/11 and millions of lives since the 14th century! Well, then let me ask a simple question: If Islam did not exist, how many of these events would have occurred?”

Although Tancredo acknowledges that radical Islam is the problem, he does not make a distinction between terrorists and people of the Muslim faith.. He asserts “that the jihadists do not represent all Muslims is irrelevant.” He continues, “We have spent tens of billions hunting down and killing terrorist leaders with drones and other tools of high-tech warfare, while accepting and permitting the growth of the cancer of Shariah law in our own communities.” Tancredo then suggests that “we stop all immigration of Muslims into the United States and then deport those already here who adhere to Shariah law.” He also calls for sealing all our borders against illegal entry to prevent jihadists from using “our open borders to infiltrate our communities.”

Frosty Wooldridge, who is an advisory board member of the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform, often denigrates immigrants and Muslims in his columns for in the right-wing online publication, “News with Views.” He has written a series of columns titled, “Impregnating America with Muslims,” in which he attacks Muslim immigrants. In his latest column on January 12, titled, “Islam Forces Western Ideals into Extinction,” he reprints a number of anti-Muslim quotes from the late writer and bigot Lawrence Auster, including: “It is important to understand that what makes Islam dangerous to non-Muslims is not that Muslims are morally bad people. The problem is not that Muslims are bad people, the problem is that they are good Muslims. Our concern is with the religion and the political ideology of Islam, which makes all Muslims dangerous to us, since all Muslims, even if they personally have no aggressive intentions, even if they are personally fine and lovely people, are part of the Islamic community and owe their highest loyalty to Islam.”

Wooldridge ends his column by warning, “The illiterate, barbaric, killing-machine warlord Mohammed continues his carnage into the 21st century with the hands of 1.5 billion of his followers. If we fail to stop mass immigration, France’s nightmare becomes our future.”

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March 21, 2014

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

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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