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“F.A.I.R. Hearings”: An Analysis of the Intimate Connections Between “Experts” Testifying Against the New State DMV Policy and the Anti-Immigrant, Nativist Group F.A.I.R

“F.A.I.R. Hearings”: An Analysis of the Intimate Connections Between “Experts” Testifying Against the New State DMV Policy and the Anti-Immigrant, Nativist Group F.A.I.R

Monday, October 15, 2007

Following an Assembly Minority hearing October 3rd on New York State Department of Motor Vehicle’s recent policy change, which featured notorious anti-immigrant Congressman Tom Tancredo, (R-CO), the Senate Majority held their own hearing on October 15th, which featured a similar bench of so-called “experts,” fronting for the most prominent anti-immigrant, nativist organization in America: the Federation for American Immigration Reform (“FAIR”).

The Senate Republicans’ three star witnesses, all of whom testified at the Assembly Republican hearing on October 3rd with other FAIR-backed organizations, are all intimately connected in a tight-knit web that leads back to one organization – FAIR – and one person – the father of the modern nativist movement John Tanton.

The Senate Republicans’ three star witnesses and their direct connections to FAIR and Tanton include:

Michael Cutler, Fellow, Center for Immigration Studies

  • Center for Immigration Studies (“CIS”) was founded and funded by FAIR founder John Tanton in 1985
  • 40% of CIS’s Board of Directors , including it’s President, are on FAIR’s Board of advisors
  • Cutler serves as an official “advisor” to the 9/11 Families for a Secure America
  • Roger Conner – former FAIR Executive Director – also served on CIS’s Board of Directors
  • Richard Lamm, a member of FAIR’s Board of Advisors and former Chairman of FAIR’s Board of Directors , is widely published on CIS’s website and is also an “advisor” to the 9/11 Families for a Secure America
  • According to Republican Congressman Chris Cannon (R-UT), “Tanton set up groups like Center for Immigration Studies and FAIR to take an analytical approach to immigration from a Republican point of view so that they can give cover to Republicans who oppose immigration for other reasons.”

Peter Gadiel, President, 9/11 Families for a Secure America

  • President of the organization, Peter Gadiel, served on FAIR’s Board of Directors
  • 3 out of 4 of their official “advisors” are either on FAIR’s Board of Directors (Alan Weeden) or Board of Advisors (Richard Lamm (former Chairman of the Board) and David Schippers). Michael Cutler is the fourth advisor, and is a fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies, which was founded by FAIR founder John Tanton.
  • Gadiel is well-known for his extreme, anti-immigrant rhetoric: “Americans must sleep with loaded pistols at their bedsides because so many of them have been attacked by illegal aliens [who were] ‘just going to America for a job.’”
  • The official website of the 9/11 Families for a Secure America links to a dozen anti-immigrant organizations : Links include: Rep. Tom Tancredo’s website, FAIR and Center for Immigration Studies, New Yorkers for Immigration Control and Enforcement, VDARE (designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center ).
  • The group is a coalition member of the anti-immigrant organization: Federal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Coalition.

Neil Berro, NYS Director, Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License

  • Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License (“CSDL”) was founded by two of FAIR’s current Directors of the Board
  • CSDL Advisory Board member , Jim Staudenraus, was FAIR’s Eastern Regional Director
  • Another of CSDL’s Advisory Board Member Marti Dinerstein, is a Fellow at Center for Immigration Studies
What is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)?

In 1979, John Tanton, the nation’s leading proponent of population control, who once compared immigrants to bacteria , founded the Federation for American Immigration Reform (“FAIR”), widely regarded as the most prolific anti-immigrant organization in the United States. As Dan Stein, FAIR’s executive director put it, “Immigrants don’t come all church-loving, freedom-loving, God-fearing… Many of them hate America, hate everything the United States stands for. Talk to some of these Central Americans.” Paul Gigot, editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal, has characterized FAIR as “a group of population-control zealots whose goal is no immigration at all.”

Known as “the mastermind of contemporary nativism,” FAIR’s founder John Tanton is the architect of the national anti-immigrant, nativist infrastructure, founding or funding the following anti-immigrant organizations after FAIR was created: U.S. Inc. (founded, 1982); U.S. English (founded and funded; 1983); American Immigration Control Foundation (funded, 1983); Center for Immigration Studies (founded and funded, 1985); The Social Contract Press (founded and funded, 1990); American Patrol/Voice of Citizens Together (funded, 1992); Pro English (founded and funded, 1994); California Coalition for Immigration Reform (funded, 1994); Californians for Population Stabilization (founded in 1986; funded 1996); NumbersUSA (founded and funded, 1996); ProjectUSA (funded,1999).

According to Congressman Chris Cannon (R- UT), “Tanton set up groups like Center for Immigration Studies and FAIR to take an analytical approach to immigration from a Republican point of view so that they can give cover to Republicans who oppose immigration for other reasons.”

Between 1985 and 1994, FAIR accepted $1.2 million from the Pioneer Fund , the controversial foundation that funds eugenics research and has been linked to white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups. The Fund was created in 1937 to finance research in eugenics and “race betterment.” According to its founding charter, its mission is: “To conduct or aid in conducting study and research into the problems of heredity and eugenics in the human race generally…and research and study into the problems of human race betterment with special reference to the people of the United States.” Harry Laughlin, the Fund’s first president, advocated the establishment of a uniform sterilization law that would allow the routine sterilization of those “unfit” for society such as the “feeble minded,” the insane, criminals, epileptics, alcoholics, blind persons, deaf persons, deformed persons, and indigent persons.

FAIR’s long-time advisor and “board member emeritus” (another Pioneer Fund grant recipient), Garrett Hardin is also linked to the eugenics movement. When asked by Tucker Carlson why he supported eugenics, Hardin exclaimed: “What is your problem with that? Should we be subsidizing people with low IQs to have as many children as possible, and not subsidizing those with high ones?” Hardin has opposed sending food aid to Africa because, he argues, that only encourages overpopulation. “Tragically, flights of food that save lives increase fertility — which increases the mistreatment of the environment.” He also told OMNI magazine, “Looking at history with an open mind, you’ll see that infanticide has been used as an effective population control.” Hardin thinks the forced abortion law in China is “not strict enough,” while FAIR executive director, Dan Stein, describes it as an “international family planning program.” Stein notes that: “Because widespread disease and famine no longer exist, we have to find another means to stop population increases...The quickest, easiest and most effective form of population control in the U.S., that I support wholeheartedly, is to end immigration.”

Another person in FAIR’s inner circle, Donald Mann, on FAIR’s Board of Advisors, Donald Mann, agreed with Stein and Hardin’s philosophy, saying: “We should give incentives to low-income people who agree to sterilization. We should make available free abortion to low-income people on demand. And companies should cut back or deny maternity leave to women who have more than two children.” Mann heads Negative Population Growth, a nativist organization once headquartered in FAIR’s Washington, DC office. FAIR’s executive director Dan Stein said of Mann’s group, “NPG is one of a few serious, courageous, meaningful population-control groups that’s seriously dealt with immigration.”

Along with a few other FAIR board members, FAIR’s founder John Tanton founded a nationalist organization called WITAN (WITAN is short for the Old English firm “witenagemot,” meaning “council of wise men.”), which used to convene annual strategy meetings for the anti-immigrant movement. A series of memos to WITAN members highlights the anti-immigrant and supremacist bent of Tanton and FAIR. One memo charged that Latin American immigrants brought a culture of political corruption with them to the United States. He raised the alarm that they could become the majority group in U.S. society, asking: “In this society, will the present majority peaceably hand over its political power to a group that is simply more fertile?...Can homo contraceptives compete with horno progenitivo if our borders aren’t controlled? ... Perhaps this is the first instance in which those with their pants up are going to get caught by those with their pants down...As whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night? Or will there be an explosion?”

Republican Assembly Minority Holds Their Own “FAIR Hearing”

Led by Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco (R-Saratoga), the Assembly Minority held its own hearing October 3rd on the DMV’s recent policy change. So-called “experts” included a similar stable of FAIR-backed groups:

  • Mike Cutler, Fellow, Center for Immigration Studies (see above for FAIR connections)
  • James Staudenraus, Advisor, Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License (see above for FAIR connections)
  • Peter Gadiel, Fellow, 9/11 Families for a Secure America (see above for FAIR connections)
  • Brian Zimmer, President, Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License (see above for FAIR connections)
  • Representative from You Don’t Speak For Me (Col. Al Rodriguez, the group’s chairman, is on FAIR’s Board of Advisors)
  • Congressman Tom Tancredo (whose campaigns have long been funded by FAIR’s U.S. Immigration Reform PAC and John Tanton )

Highlights of Tancredo’s “expert” advice include:

Tancredo warns that immigrants are “coming here to kill”

“[Immigrants] need to be found before it is too late. They're coming here to kill you, and you, and me, and my grandchildren.”

Tancredo calls Miami “Third World Country”

In a November 19, 2006 interview with WorldNetDaily, Tancredo referred to the city of Miami, Florida as a “Third World country.” “Look at what has happened to Miami. It has become a Third World country ... You just pick it up and take it and move it someplace. You would never know you're in the United States of America. You would certainly say you're in a Third World country.” His comments drew strong criticism from numerous political leaders and organizations, including Florida Governor Jeb Bush who, in a letter to the congressman, called Tancredo's remarks “naive.” Bush told reporters, “What a nut. I’m just disappointed. He's from my own my party.” Tancredo replied in a letter, “I certainly understand and appreciate your need and desire to try and create the illusion of Miami as a multiethnic ‘All American’ city,” he said. “I can also appreciate ... that the cultural and ethnic diversity of the city offers many advantages to its residents. However, it is neither naïve nor insulting to call attention to a real problem that cannot be easily dismissed through politically correct happy talk.”

Tancredo advocates bombing holy sites to curb terrorism

“If it is up to me, we are going to explain that an attack on this homeland of that nature would be followed by an attack on the holy sites in Mecca and Medina.”

Tancredo believes immigration will destroy our nation

“I have to tell you that we are facing a situation, where if we don't control immigration, legal and illegal, we will eventually reach the point where it won't be what kind of a nation we are, balkanized or united, we will actually have to face the fact that we are no longer a nation at all. That is the honest to God eventual outcome of this kind of massive immigration combined with the cult of multiculturalism that permeates our society. ...The fact is, that won't occur in a legal way, it will occur in a de facto way.”

“There are places right now in East LA & Southern Texas that you would not honestly – there is absolutely nothing that you would say makes them part of the United States of America.”

Tancredo criticizes public libraries for accommodating Spanish speakers

Tancredo criticized the Denver Public Library system for purchasing reading materials written in Spanish and for offering space for classes to be held for these library users.

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