John Tanton, 77 years old, Republican, helped start national groups fighting to cut down immigration rates in the United States. The Numbers USA, Federation for American Immigration (FAIR, 1979), Center for Immigration Studies, and U.S. English are the four groups that Dr. Tanton has being working with to stop immigrants from progressing. Tanton fights against immigration with racial bias comments in FAIRS website, yet denies it. FAIR is a strong supporter of anti-immigration laws. Though they deny any claim of being anti-immigrants or racist, their actions speak otherwise.
They helped Arizona with their draft of the SB1070. They do not believe in legalization for undocumented immigrants. Tanton is not only against undocumented immigrants, he is also against legal immigrants. He opposes bilingual education, which is the reason he started studying U.S. English. See how they contradict themselves? FAIR is now being criticized for being a racist which its members deny and say that is not what they stand for.
Tanton and FAIR are both denying to be racists and claim they are “doing things to better this country.” In reality they know they are racist when the head of the organization, Tanton, is against bilingual education and immigration reforms. It is difficult to deny any racist connect when they receive grants from someone who believes that “blacks are inferior to whites”.
The “whites” of today were “swarthy races” of yesterday. Catholics, Irish, Italians, and Jews (to name a few) were discriminated under anti-immigrants laws and de facto racist practices. They struggled to receive the rights they have today. They did so by defending themselves against the Tantons of this country. The immigrants of today, along with all allies, should do the same. Immigrants should be protected, not seen as economic rivals. they work hard for a living. they are not here competing for housing, jobs, or schools; they are only trying to progress hust like anyone who lives in the United States.
The Anti-Immigration Crusader by: Jason DeParle Publish: April 17, 2011