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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.

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 […]

Anti-Immigrant Hate Groups Place Ads in The New York Times

Posted in Anti-Immigrant by Sonia Scherr on June 27, 2008

Next time you find yourself stuck in traffic miles from work—or school or home or daycare—don’t blame poor urban planning, low carpooling rates or inadequate public transportation. Blame immigrants. That’s right, according to high-profile ads placed this month in The New York Times and The Nation by a new front group for the Federation for […]

Immigration Report Being Released Today Linked to White Supremacists

Posted in Anti-Immigrant,Media Extremism by Mark Potok on April 8, 2008

Last Friday, a highly conservative publication called Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) published an editorial on its website called “The Real Cost of Immigration” that previewed a report to be released today at the National Press Club — an analysis, as IBD noted, by one Edwin S. Rubenstein that is being published by The Social Contract […]

FAIR: Crossing the Rubicon of Hate

Posted in Anti-Immigrant,Hate Groups by Mark Potok on December 11, 2007

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is almost certainly the most-quoted immigration restriction organization in America. In just the last few weeks, its leaders have enlightened cable viewers with their views on such topics as “American ‘Intifada’ in Our Future?” “Driving While Illegal,” “Should ALL Illegal Aliens Be Deported?” and “Economic Impact of Migration.” […]

VDARE Hate Site Pushing Tanton Special Issue

Posted in Anti-Immigrant by Heidi Beirich on October 24, 2007

An anti-immigration website is advertising a special edition of the hate journal The Social Contract entitled “Mass Immigration and the ‘National Question,” boasting that the issue is entirely devoted to reprinting articles from the site., which is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate site, is apparently raising money from the […]