Anti-immigrant groups Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA have a lot in common. Both were founded with the help of white nationalist John Tanton and both groups also have a long list of state contacts on their websites.
The list of state contacts is designed to help anti-immigrant activists hook up with local groups or individuals in their state or region. If you look at the state of Massachusetts, both FAIR and NumbersUSA list the Massachusetts Coalition for Immigration Reform. NumbersUSA includes another contact on its list for Massachusetts, a man by the name of Jim Rizoli who heads the anti-immigrant group Concerned Citizens and Friends of Illegal Immigration Law Enforcement (CCFILE).
At first glance, CCFILE’s website seems like the typical anti-immigrant website, until you click on the “Holocaust” page. The videos page reveals that Rizoli is not only an anti-immigrant activist, he is also a Holocaust denier. The page contains videos from many infamous Holocaust deniers such as David Irving and Ernest Zundel. Rizoli also displays a video of former Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.
The Anti-Defamation League has this to say about Rizoli:
Jim Rizoli, an anti-immigrant activist and anti-Semite based in Framingham, Massachusetts, delivered a lengthy diatribe promoting Holocaust denial during the October 20, 2009 segment of his public access television show. Along with his twin brother Joe, Rizoli runs Concerned Citizens and Friends of Illegal Immigration Law Enforcement (CCFIILE), a group founded in 2003.
Mainly known for demonizing Brazilian immigrants in Framingham, Rizoli took more than ten minutes of his hour-long show to defend Iranian President and Holocaust denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and to promote his own anti-Semitic views. Before launching into his diatribe, Rizoli spent the vast majority of his show discussing undocumented immigrants as “crimaliens” who “God doesn’t really care much about.”
NumbersUSA claims that it does not promote hostility towards immigrants or has any ties to extremists. Listing a known Holocaust denier as a state contact on its website it totally unacceptable and flies in the face of NumbersUSA’s claims of neutrality.
Speaking of innocence, many readers who know FAIR ‘s history will find it hard to believe that it did not have Rizoli listed as a state contact on its website. FAIR did in fact list Rizoli’s organization as a state contact but removed it after being exposed by Imagine 2050 last year.
Holocaust denial is a crime in many countries and should not be tolerated. Instead of denouncing and distancing themselves from anti-Semitism, groups like NumbersUSA and FAIR seem to embrace it.