u.s. » ADL Blogs
Posts Tagged ‘u.s.’
July 9, 2014

Michigan Anti-Immigrant Activist Behind Central American Child Protest

tamyra-murray-immigration

Tamyra Murray

On Monday, July 7, anti-immigrant activists took to the streets in the small town of Vassar, Michigan, to protest the proposal to transfer children and mothers fleeing violence in Central America to their town. The protest resembled the ones in Murrieta, California, which received national attention due to the ugly climate and extreme rhetoric generated by the protesters.

The organizer of the protest in Vassar was Tamyra Murray, a long-time anti-immigrant activist with numerous extreme anti-immigrant ties. Murray announced her plans to hold a protest on her Facebook page and encouraged activists to join her. Her protest announcement also contained the same extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric voiced by Patrice Lynes, the organizer of the Murrieta protests. Murray wrote, “What diseases are being imported into the US that have already been eradicated here? Many of these ‘children’ belong to dangerous gangs and drug cartels.”

Before the protest, Murray announced that anti-immigrant activists from across the state of Michigan would be in attendance. The same was the case in Murrieta, where a number of anti-immigrant activists flocked to join the protests from all over Southern California.

Murray is a state advisor for the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). She is a regular attendee at FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Murray spoke at an anti-immigrant “Protect American Jobs Rally” in her home state of Michigan. Anti-immigrant politicians with ties to FAIR also spoke at the event. In September 2013, Murray, along with FAIR field representative Robert Najmulski, was listed as a speaker at a “Citizens Rising Against Illegal Immigration” event in Chester, Ohio.

Murray is also a liaison/public speaker for U.S., Inc., a Michigan-based extreme anti-immigrant umbrella organization founded by racist John Tanton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement. Tanton also founded FAIR in 1979. U.S., Inc. runs a number of “projects” includ­ing Tanton’s pub­lish­ing house, the Social Con­tract Press, which pub­lishes racist books, such as Jean Raspail’s Camp of the Saints, and sells books by racists such as Sam Fran­cis, Wayne Lut­ton and Peter Brimelow.

Despite efforts by the anti-immigrant movement to portray the protests in Michigan and California as spontaneous responses by residents, the evidence suggests that in both cases, longtime anti-immigrant activists with close ties to the movement played a major role in both events.

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

February 5, 2014

ProEnglish Attacks Super Bowl Ad Promoting America’s Diversity

The anti-immigrant group ProEnglish is asking its activists to contact Coca-Cola about an ad the corporation aired during the Super Bowl depicting people of different ethnicities singing “America, the Beautiful” in a number of different languages.  ProEnglish claims the ad “directly undermined the spirit of national unity ‘America, the Beautiful’ was intended to foster.” The group went one step further, claiming Coke should “promote civic unity, not disunity.”pro-english-liberty-bell-adl

ProEnglish’s attacks on the Coca-Cola Corporation should be seen in light of its nativist agenda and xenophobic origins and ties. John Tanton, the racist architect of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement, founded ProEnglish in 1994. Tanton once wrote, “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” Tanton remains on the ProEnglish board to this day and though the organization is based in DC, it remains a “self-governing project” of Tanton’s Michigan-based umbrella anti-immigrant organization, U.S., Inc.

The goals of ProEnglish are to pass English-only bills at the local and state level as well as to make English the official language of the United States. These laws are often divisive. They limit access to the full range of government rights and benefits for immigrants residing in the United States. These laws also do not include steps to establish programs where immigrants can learn English. ProEnglish’s agenda divides communities in the United States over the issue of immigration.

The organization’s staff and activities are also problematic.  ProEnglish’s executive director, Robert Vandervoort, is report­edly the for­mer head of the white suprema­cist group Chicagoland Friends of Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a local chap­ter of the white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion Amer­i­can Renais­sance. ProEnglish sponsored a panel at the 2012 CPAC conference in Washington, D.C., featuring a number of racist speakers including Peter Brimelow, founder of the racist anti-immigrant website VDARE and John Derbyshire, a racist former National Review contributor who spoke at the 2013 American Renaissance conference. Later in 2012, ProEnglish sent a letter to House and Senate leaders in opposition of the issue of Puerto Rican statehood. A number of racists signed the letter including John Vinson, a found­ing mem­ber of the League of the South (LOS), a racist neo-Confederate orga­ni­za­tion. Vin­son was cred­ited with draft­ing the “Kin­ism State­ment,” a set of guid­ing prin­ci­ples for a mod­ern white suprema­cist inter­pre­ta­tion of Chris­tian­ity called “Kin­ism.”

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

February 21, 2013

Anti-Immigrant Umbrella Group U.S., Inc.’s New Website Reveals Organization’s Influence

The anti-immigrant umbrella organization, U.S., Inc., founded and run by racist John Tanton, the primary architect of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement, recently established a website for the first time in its 31-year history. The website provides further insight into how the organization works and the “projects” it runs.

In an in-depth interview about founding the anti-immigrant movement, Tanton discussed why he created U.S., Inc.: Since I had been involved over the years in starting a number of organizations, each of them a separate group which required separate accounting and separate filings with the IRS, I got the idea in about 1979 of setting up an umbrella foundation, out of which a number of projects could be run.”

Many of these “projects” founded or nurtured by Tanton developed into some of the leading anti-immigrant groups in the country today, the most notable example being NumbersUSA. NumbersUSA’s founder Roy Beck worked for Tanton for years as the Washington editor of Tanton’s anti-immigrant journal The Social Contract (TSC). Beck founded NumbersUSA in 1996/1997 and the group remained under U.S. Inc.’s umbrella until 2002, when it broke off and became an independent organization.

Another “project” formerly under the U.S., Inc. umbrella was U.S. English, a group devoted to making English the official language of the United States. Tanton resigned as chairman from U.S. English after a newspaper revealed a racially charged memo penned by Tanton asking questions like “will blacks be able to improve (or even maintain) their position on the face of the Latin onslaught?” and “will Latin American migrants bring with them the tradition of the mordida (bribe)?”

U.S., Inc.’s website highlights its current “projects,” including Tanton’s publishing house, the Social Contract Press, which publishes racist books, such as Jean Raspail’s Camp of the Saints, and sells books by racists such as Sam Francis, Wayne Lutton and Peter Brimelow.  Another U.S., Inc. project is the anti-immigrant group ProEnglish. Bob Vandervoort, ProEnglish’s executive director, is reportedly the former head of the white supremacist group Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance, a local chapter of the white supremacist organization American Renaissance.

In addition, U.S., Inc.’s website reveals the organization’s financial documents. Each year, it grants funds to anti-immigrant organizations around the country. According to its financial statements, U.S., Inc. provided funding for Floridians for Immigration Enforcement, Californians for Population Stabilization and 9/11 Families for a Secure America in 2011.

U.S. Inc.’s new site provides further evidence of its importance to the anti-immigrant movement. In the past, the umbrella organization developed bourgeoning anti-immigrant groups and helped them get on their feet; today it continues to fund and support well-established anti-immigrant groups around the country.

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