Cross-Posted from Imagine 2050, by Stephen Piggott:
Reflecting on the past year, the John Tanton Network’s anti-immigrant organizations performed an embarrassing number of gaffes that further exposed their extreme views and ties to white nationalism. Here is a list of the top 10 gaffes made by the John Tanton Network in 2010:
10. House Immigration Reform Caucus member Steve King (R-Iowa) attended the 2010 CPAC conference in Washington DC. During a panel session with Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, King said that he empathized with the man who crashed into the IRS building in Texas. King clarified his comments by saying that he would hold a fundraiser to help others “implode” IRS offices.
9. The bodyguard of Roy Beck, the leader of Tanton group NumbersUSA, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a female mime who was protesting NumbersUSA’s attempts to harass immigrants during an immigration rally in DC earlier this year. In the ensuing weeks, Roy Beck used the incident as a fundraising tool for his organization.
8. Patrick J. Charles, a lawyer for the Immigration Reform Law Institute – the legal arm of the anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform, wrote a report earlier this year endorsing “armed militias.”