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Anti-Immigrant Group Humiliated When Protesters Respond to Biggest Event of the Year


Cloee Cooper • Apr 08, 2011

Washington DC activists shamed anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) on April 6 during its annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event in Washington D.C.

FAIR’s event brings in its members from around the country to lobby Congress and also gathers conservative radio talk show hosts for two days to promote its anti-immigrant agenda.  This year, the event was held at the Phoenix Park Hotel, only minutes from FAIR’s national headquarters.

D.C.-area community members were there too with large signs, chants and literature calling attention to FAIR’s unsavory history. Their main message:  a group that promotes anti-immigrant bigotry and attacks on the Constitution isn’t a credible voice in the immigration debate.

The protesters held a banner reading “FAIR was founded by a white nationalist” and passed out literature on FAIR founder John Tanton that included some of the following information:

  • FAIR founder John Tanton has a long history of supporting and working closely with well-known white nationalist leaders and organizations across the nation.
  • In a 1993 letter to Garret Hardin, a committed eugenicist who promoted pseudo-scientific ideas of racial purity, Tanton wrote: “I’ve come to the point of view that for European American Society and culture to persist requires a European American majority, and a clear one at that.”
  • In 1997 Tanton received 1.2 million from the Pioneer Fund to financially support FAIR. The Pioneer Fund was founded to promote the genes of white European Americans and funds groups that promote “race betterment” intelligence and genetics.

Protesters reported that various members of Federation for American Immigration Reform responded sharply to the accusations.  Ira Mehlman, Susan Tully and Dan Stein were among FAIR staff members who tried to kick the protesters off the street.

This isn’t the first time FAIR has been humiliated on its home turf.  This week comes amid a new wave of communities taking a stand against anti-immigrant bigotry.

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