Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Progressives for Immigration Reform, Just Another Extreme Group?


John Tanton YikesYikes.

Eric Ward at has the story about the latest, well-disguised but extreme front group called Progressives for Immigration Reform:

Real progressives would do well to prepare in the coming months. The civil rights organization Center for New Community announced in the most recent edition of its e-bulletin, FAIR Exposed, that the Tanton Network has launched a front group called Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR). PFIR is simply another addition to a growing list of anti-immigrant groups being set up under the Tanton Network to give the illusion that the anti-immigrant movement is broader than it really is.

This network of organizations is named after white nationalist John Tanton the founder and key leader in a network of anti-immigrant organizations, spin-offs and front groups. Key entities include Center for Immigration Studies, Social Contract Press, and the Coalition for the Future American Worker.

John Tanton is a controversial figure. The founder and a current board member of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Tanton helped secure over a million dollars in funding from a foundation known as the Pioneer Fund, a racist foundation that peddles pseudo-science claiming that blacks are intellectually inferior to whites based on cultural and biological factors. In the 1930s the Pioneer Fund distributed propaganda films developed by the Nazi Germany to public schools.

John Tanton, pictured above, is indeed the mastermind of the anti-immigrant movement in the United States. If you haven't yet, check out this video, called "Wolves," that talks about the organizations that have shifted our immigration debate toward the ugly, irrational, and xenophobic:

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