Next time you log onto the Huffington Post be aware that it is hosting anti-immigrant nativists posing as “Progressives for Immigration Reform” (PFIR), a front group spun out by the white nationalist Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the very hub of the infamous John Tanton Network. The first PFIR column by its executive director, Leah Durant, appeared last week; more are said to be coming, twice weekly. Hosting PFIR puts Huff Post up there—almost—with The Nation magazine, which has unashamedly taken significant paid advertising from other FAIR fronts, the “Coalition for the Future American Worker” and related “America’s Leadership Team for Long-Range Population-Resource-Immigration Planning.”
Expressing faux-concern about the undercounting of undocumented immigrants in last week’s column, Durant feigned that “the incomplete census format is diluting the voting power of millions of American citizens,” an indication that she has conveniently forgotten her friendly photo with white nationalists at the 33rd Writers Workshop put on by The Social Contract Press, founded by anti-immigrant guru John Tanton. Durant was formerly a staff attorney for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, as if her PFIR “credentials” were not enough to expose her politics.
FAIR has long been adept at forging front groups to hide its anti-immigrant subterfuge, ranking, as Imagine2050 has previously stated, second only to Lyndon LaRouche and his many, confounding political fronts. PFIR is one of the more recent—and slicker models—and its web site may cunningly make a liberal swoon, what with its express concern for workers, the environment, and “the lives of people worldwide.” Farmers are known to use such barnyard clatter trap for fertilizer.
So, Huff Post, where now? PFIR is yet another face of white nationalism, dressed up and set to sidle up to “progressives.” Better vetting of columnists might help in the days ahead. For now, a touch of Dobbing will do. Let them exercise their free speech elsewhere.