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NYT Exposes Ties Between John Tanton and Anti-Immigrant Groups: FAIR, CIS and NumbersUSA

by Matt Hildreth on 04/18/2011 at 5:32pm

An extensive article in this Sunday’s New York Times, confirms what the pro-Migrant community has been saying all along: anti-immigrant groups Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), and NumbersUSA are all fruits of John Tanton’s poisonous tree:

From the resort town of Petoskey, Mich., Dr. Tanton helped start all three major national groups fighting to reduce immigration, legal and illegal, and molded one of the most powerful grass-roots forces in politics. The immigration-control movement surged to new influence in last fall’s elections and now holds near veto power over efforts to legalize any of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

One group that Dr. Tanton nurtured, Numbers USA, doomed President George W. Bush’s legalization plan four years ago by overwhelming Congress with protest calls. Another, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, helped draft the Arizona law last year to give the police new power to identify and detain illegal immigrants.

A third organization, the Center for Immigration Studies, joined the others in December in defeating the Dream Act, which sought to legalize some people brought to the United States illegally as children.

As we’ve written in the past, FAIR, CIS and NumbersUSA (all started by Tanton) stand at the nexus of the American nativist movement.  We even produced a video about the Tanton groups:

  • Gregory

    That video seems like propaganda in the opposite direction. No real information was provided with respect to how NumbersUSA or CIS have anything to do with antisemitism or the “white supremacy movement.”Cute graphics and pointed accusations of extremism were peripheral tactics also used by the Nazi propaganda films to rally the ignorant.  By demonizing these groups because of obscure ties with Tantun commits the logical fallacy of association. CIS has multiple Jewish Fellows as well as multiple minority staff members. Mark Krikorian is a product of Armenian decent and with a staff full of diversity as aforementioned, it would be contradictory to assume that such a group of people were in the business of perpetuating white supremacist ideals. the immigration debate is not about racism and should not be about racism. Illegal immigration is about economics and cheap labor, its about enforcing and/or changing the law, and its about the well being of everyone involved for the posterity of America. None of these concepts were addressed in your video. Even Sotamayor agrees… This childish game of calling those who disagree with you as xenophobic nativist has to stop.

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