Today, Executive Director Mark Krikorian of the anti-immigrant group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) will moderate a panel at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. titled “Built to Fail: Deception and Disorder in Immigration Court.”
Not surprisingly, one of the panelists who will be speaking on today’s panel is an author of several books that promote Islamophobia.
The panel will discuss the release of a report titled “Deception and Disorder in Immigration Court”, authored by Mark H. Metcalf, a former immigration judge and former Special Counsel at the Domestic Security Section within the Justice Department.
According to CIS’s website, “Metcalf’s report finds that there are inherent flaws in the immigration courts that lead to widespread disregard of its rulings by the aliens who appear before them.”
Center for Immigration, a self-proclaimed “think tank” founded by white nationalist John Tanton, has a bad track record. From proclaiming that Haiti was “not colonized long enough,” to collaborations with controversial vigilante groups, Center for Immigration Studies has a hard time appearing mainstream. It shouldn’t be surprising that today’s panel includes an array of controversial speakers – including Andrew McCarthy, author of several books purporting to prove an anti-Islam conspiracy.
According to an article in Religion Dispatches, “The National Review’s Andrew McCarthy is a leading proponent of the conspiracy theory that shari’ah poses a threat to America and that the left, and President Obama in particular, are part of a fifth column that promote, or at the very least, enable it.”
McCarthy follows a conspiracy theory which “draws parallels between the red scare of the Cold War era and the current shari’ah scare.”
His two books The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America and How Obama Embraces Islam’s Sharia Agenda, link both President Obama and the American left to a plot to collectivize the US, claiming that they share totalitarian goals with Islam Sharia laws.
In addition to McCarthy, panelists include the aforementioned Mark Metcalf; Grisel Ibarra, immigration attorney and activist; and Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow from the Heritage Foundation.
As CIS moderates its panel today on a report regarding “inherent flaws in the immigration courts,” one must wonder, how can the American public trust this organization?
Hosting a panel with the author of an anti-Islamic book does not bode well for CIS’s attempts to appear credible in the eyes of Americans.