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Students protest anti-immigrant group FAIR for attacks on Constitution


Cloee Cooper • Jan 24, 2011

On January 20, 2011, university students in Washington DC gathered outside of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) headquarters to protest attacks on the U.S. Constitution.

Earlier this month, FAIR and its legal arm, Immigration Reform Law Institute, announced plans to challenge the 14th Amendment through state-level legislation.  The cornerstone of equal rights in this country, the 14th Amendment laid the foundation for advancements in human and civil rights such as Roe v Wade.

The student protesters stood outside of FAIR’s headquarters in D.C. holding signs that read “Hands off our 14th Amendment” and “2000 Border Deaths… Is that FAIR?”

One student held a sign comparing FAIR’s policies to Jim Crow.

The students passed out fliers that read “Our Constitution Under Attack. Federation for American Immigration Reform is attempting to dismantle the 14th Amendment, our cornerstone of Civil Rights. Citizens have a right to be informed.”

When the students were approached by passersby, they report receiving mostly positive responses.  According to the student protesters, one woman from the building remarked “Thank you so much.  I have to share a building with FAIR, but believe me I know what they are up to.”

Another man told the students, “I used to work in an office directly across from FAIR. I am an immigrant myself and I knew the kind of racist policies they promoted. Thank you for being out here.”

Apparently FAIR staffers came out of the building twice to look at the protesters. One commented, “You call this civility?”

The Tanton Network, through FAIR and the Immigration Reform Law Institute, continues its assault on the U.S. Constitution.

Students who reside in the nation’s capital have vowed not to stay quiet when it comes to anti-immigrant bigotry.

Their message: it is time to expose the anti-immigrant movement for its underhanded attacks on the 14th Amendment.

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