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Video: The John Tanton Network


Jessica Acee • Apr 28, 2010

Imagine2050 has received a lot of questions about FAIR and The Tanton Network the last couple of days so we’ve made a video that will give you all the facts on The Tanton Network and its anti-immigrant and white nationalist agenda.

The anti-immigrant law just signed into effect in Arizona was introduced by Arizona republican Russell Pearce (shown here hugging a neo-nazi) and written by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (a designated hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center).  With this winning combination, it’s no wonder that the law has garnered national attention.

On a recent episode of the Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow blasts the writers of the law and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for signing it.  The law gives sweeping power to local law enforcement to racially profile residents and makes it a misdemeanor to lack proper paperwork in Arizona. It also requires police officers to attempt to determine a person’s immigration status if they form a “reasonable suspicion” that someone is undocumented.

Click here to watch the clip and see Gov. Brewer try to answer the impossible question, “What does an illegal alien look like?”

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) wrote the draconian law.  IRLI is the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, better known by its acronym FAIR, which was founded in 1979 by retired Michigan ophthalmologist John Tanton.  As the litigation arm of the John Tanton Network, IRLI’s primary purpose is to push legal causes that unfairly target immigrant communities. Click here to read IRLI gloat about writing the language for the law.

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