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November 9, 2012 0

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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July 19, 2012 0

Head of Anti-Hispanic Hate Group Interviewed by Anti-Semitic Publication

Glenn Spencer
The conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic pub­li­ca­tion, Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP) inter­viewed Glenn Spencer, who heads the anti-Hispanic hate group, Amer­i­can Bor­der Patrol(ABP), in an arti­cle pub­lished on July 16, 2012.  ABP reg­u­larly does video sur­veil­lance of the Mexican-American border. 

The arti­cle, “Obama Exec­u­tive Order Means Open Door Amnesty,” was writ­ten by reg­u­lar AFP con­trib­u­tor and con­spir­acy the­o­rist Vic­tor Thorn.  It focuses on Spencer’s views about Pres­i­dent Obama’s exec­u­tive order allow­ing many young undoc­u­mented immi­grants to legally remain in the United States. In the arti­cle, Spencer pro­motes anti-Hispanic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about Mex­i­cans tak­ing over the South­west and accuses Pres­i­dent Obama of try­ing to cre­ate a one-world gov­ern­ment under the ban­ner of “globalism.”

Spencer has been warn­ing of a plan by Mex­i­cans to “invade” and “con­quer” the South­west­ern U.S. for more than a decade. He has claimed that the Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment is “spon­sor­ing the inva­sion of the United States with hos­tile intent.”  Spencer has also attended white suprema­cist events and had a let­ter pub­lished on the racist web­site, VDARE.com.

Despite his views and activ­i­ties, Spencer has been given some degree of legit­i­macy by pre­sent­ing him­self as an author­ity on immi­gra­tion. In March 2012, he spoke to the Ari­zona State Senate’s Bor­der Secu­rity Committee.  

Thorn, who inter­views Spencer for AFP, is also very prob­lem­atic. In addi­tion to writ­ing con­spir­a­to­r­ial arti­cles for AFP, he has pub­lished books pro­mot­ing anti-government and anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries. His lat­est book, The Holo­caust Hoax Exposed: Debunk­ing the 20th Century’s Biggest Lie, clearly pro­motes Holo­caust denial. AFP itself focuses on anti-Semitic themes, from anti-Israel con­spir­acy the­o­ries to Holo­caust denial. AFP is pub­lished by long-time anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier Willis Carto.

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February 10, 2012 0

Panelists at CPAC Attack Multiculturalism

The 2012 Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence (CPAC) fea­tured a panel on mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism on Feb­ru­ary 9, which was hosted by Pro­Eng­lish, an orga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to make Eng­lish the offi­cial lan­guage of the United States. 

John Tan­ton, who has expressed racist views and is the archi­tect of the mod­ern anti-immigrant move­ment, founded Pro­Eng­lish and is still on the organization’s board. Robert Van­der­voort, the head of Pro­Eng­lish, hosted the panel.
One of the main speak­ers on the panel was Peter Brimelow, who runs the racist Web site VDARE that fea­tures the works of white suprema­cists, anti-Semites and anti-immigrant activists. Brimelow asserted that mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and bilin­gual­ism were exam­ples of “mod­ern polit­i­cal dis­eases.” He mostly focused on Canada as an exam­ple of how bilin­gual­ism has destroyed a soci­ety but claimed that Amer­ica could fol­low the same exam­ple if bilin­gual­ism was insti­tu­tion­al­ized in the United States. 
Peter Brimelow
Brimelow alleged that kids can­not get a job at MacDonald’s because they can’t speak Span­ish – a trend he described as a “fero­cious attack on liv­ing stan­dards of the Amer­i­can work­ing class…just as immi­gra­tion pol­icy in gen­eral is.” Later, in the Q&A sec­tion, Brimelow said that Democ­rats had given up on “the white work­ing class,” and that this was “treason.”
One of Brimelow’s co-panelists was John Der­byshire, a National Review con­trib­u­tor who strad­dles the line between the main­stream and the extrem­ist worlds. He has shared the stage with racist speak­ers at the H.L Mencken Club, a far-right orga­ni­za­tion. Der­byshire also agreed to speak at the 2010 white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence, which was later can­celled. At CPAC, Der­byshire warned that “racism will reemerge in a new and more vir­u­lent form” because the ten­sion between what the white elite is sup­posed to think and what it actu­ally thinks about race will reach a break­ing point of “cog­ni­tive dissonance.”
A sur­prise guest at the panel was Con­gress­man Steve King (R-IA), who has made a num­ber of vir­u­lently anti-immigrant state­ments over the years. King is try­ing to pass a bill which will make Eng­lish the offi­cial lan­guage of the United States.

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