The Center for New Community has released three short, easy-to-use documents to support those interested in countering the leading national anti-immigrant groups in the media.
At CNC, we refer to these leading anti-immigrant groups as the Beltway Big Three because of their significant impact on national immigration policy: the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies, and NumbersUSA. These three extremist organizations all have roots in white nationalism and rely on bigoted and inflammatory rhetoric to promote anti-immigrant policies.
The following guides contain accessible talking points to label, discredit, and marginalize the Beltway Big Three based on their true goals and extremist positions. We have also included a series of quotes from each group’s spokespeople that demonstrate how far from reasonable, respectful debate these organizations truly are.
Guides to the Anti-Immigrant Movement’s Racist Agenda–And How to Expose It
- Federation for American Immigration Reform (English) (Español)
- Center for Immigration Studies (English) (Español)
- NumbersUSA (English) (Español)
How to Use these Guides
We hope you will use these guides to counter the Beltway Big Three in local media outlets and in national press. Representatives from the Beltway Big Three are regularly quoted in press across the country, on the local and national level, because reporters don’t know or don’t care about their extremist and racist positions. We need each and every supporter of immigrant rights to to push back against the irresponsible inclusion of the Beltway Big Three in the immigration debate.
Please use these guides to write letters to the editor every time a Beltway Big Three spokesperson is quoted in your local newspaper; to write op-eds opposing hate in the immigration debate; to guide editorial conversations with the media; to communicate with Congress when a Beltway Big Three spokesperson is named as a witness for a Congressional hearing; to call out anti-immigrant racism from the Beltway Big Three in social media; and more.
Letter to the Editor Resources
Since letters to the editor can be so effective in pushing reporters to do the right thing, we are including some links to additional guidance here. Be sure to make your letter concise, direct, strong, and timely! Don’t be afraid to make your letter personal, or to make it funny–compelling letters are more likely to be published.
- Training Guide: How to Write a Letter to the Editor (from Generation Opportunity)
- Worksheet: Letters to the Editor (from Center for Media Justice)
- Tips on Writing Effective Letters to the Editor (from Reclaim Democracy)
Here are a few examples of effective letters to the editor:
- Speech was harmful in wake of murders
- An organization like CAPS doesn’t deserve to be defended
- Root cause of our drought: foreign-born immigrants