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Hate Groups, Politicians Reportedly Pushing California Nativist Measure

Posted in Anti-Immigrant by Heidi Beirich on January 18, 2009

A coalition of hate groups, nativist extremists, the California American Legion, Christian Right organizations and prominent members of Congress, including the head of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, have endorsed a punishing anti-immigrant ballot initiative now gathering signatures for California’s June 2010 ballot, according to the website of Taxpayer Revolution. The initiative aims to “bring […]

Glenn Spencer, More Hateful by the Day, Drones On

Posted in Anti-Immigrant by Casey Sanchez on January 14, 2009

Glenn Spencer, who heads the hate groups American Patrol and American Border Patrol, loves showing off the high-tech gizmos he uses to track “illegal aliens.” Last April, Spencer set up remote control Internet cameras controlled from his home along the Mexican border in southeastern Arizona — “Operation Virtual Vigilance,” in the paramilitary parlance Spencer favors. […]

Nativist Haters to Hold National Press Club Event

Posted in Anti-Immigrant by Heidi Beirich on January 8, 2009

Next Tuesday, the National Press Club will again host a press conference by The Social Contract Press (TSCP), which has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center since 2002. The press conference is being held to announce the release of a new TSCP report, “The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure,” […]

FAIR Claims Demonizing Rhetoric Unrelated to Anti-Latino Violence

Posted in Anti-Immigrant by Mark Potok on December 5, 2008

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the most important anti-immigration group in America, recently issued an angry press release denouncing those who suggest that demonizing nativist rhetoric leads to hate violence. FAIR said that this “outrageous behavior” was part of “a calculated strategy” aimed at “silenc[ing] legitimate immigration policy debate” and added that those […]

John Tanton’s Long History of Racism Exposed

Posted in Anti-Immigrant,Podcasts by David Holthouse on September 26, 2008

On this week’s podcast, Heidi Beirich and I discuss her story “The Tanton Files,” which was posted last week on Hatewatch. Heidi’s story takes a look at what she discovered while researching the papers of John Tanton, who founded the modern anti-immigration movement and is still on the board of the anti-immigrant hate group, the […]

The Tanton Files: FAIR Founder’s Racism Revealed

Posted in Academic Racism,Anti-Immigrant,Hate Groups by Heidi Beirich on September 19, 2008

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan is an unassuming place, more like a small-town library than a research institute. But hidden away in 17 cardboard boxes deep inside the simple facility are the papers of John Tanton, the retired Michigan ophthalmologist who has been the most important figure […]

FAIR Leaders Have 20-Year Track Record of Denigrating Immigrants

Posted in Anti-Immigrant by Heidi Beirich on September 19, 2008

Principals of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), including FAIR founder John Tanton and FAIR President Dan Stein, have been attacking immigrants for 20 years. The quotations below of statements made by FAIR officials reveal their anti-immigrant views.

‘Historian’ James Joseph Sanchez Finds 42,732 Reasons to Denounce the Mythical Aztlan Conspiracy

Posted in Anti-Immigrant,Conspiracies by David Holthouse on August 20, 2008

Question: What do the National Chicken Council, AT&T Corp., the Seattle Police Department, the Petroleum Club of Houston and the Korean Acupuncture Association of Illinois have in common with the infamous Middle Eastern terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi? Answer: They’re all key players in the Aztlan conspiracy, a secret plot to reconquer the seven Southwestern states […]

CAPS Board Member Responds Angrily to Request for Comment

Posted in Anti-Immigrant by Heidi Beirich on August 1, 2008

I thought our readers might be interested in the email I received from CAPS board member Stuart Hurlbert after I wrote to him, CAPS President Diana Hull, and CAPS board member Ben Zuckerman, seeking comment for my blog post “Lou Dobbs Citing Extremists, Again.” I asked them about the Pioneer Fund grant they received and […]

Lou Dobbs Citing Extremists, Again

Posted in Anti-Immigrant,Conspiracies,Media Extremism by Heidi Beirich on July 31, 2008

Lou Dobbs, the CNN host who has been frequently criticized for turning his program, “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” into a forum for anti-immigrant extremists, is at it again. In the past few months, Dobbs has aired six different reports featuring anti-immigrant activist Rick Oltman of Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS). The reports, all narrated by CNN […]