But just as frightening are the additions of former staffers from two anti-immigrant hate groups to two federal immigration agencies (because of course): the Center for Immigration Studies’ Jon Feere to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s Julie Kirchner to Customs and Border Protection. Both CIS and FAIR, founded by white nationalist, eugenicist, and retired eye doctor John Tanton, have been designated hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center:
Papers from Tanton’s library show he “has for decades been at the heart of the white nationalist scene. He has corresponded with Holocaust deniers, former Klan lawyers and the leading white nationalist thinkers of the era.” And according to Think Progress, “Tanton is a strict nativist who once wrote a paper titled ‘The Case for Passive Eugenics.’” Charming.
Both CIS and FAIR disown SPLC’s fact-finding and claim they just want to reform the legal immigration system, but the truth is they want to stop brown people from coming to the U.S. And the ones that are already here, they want out. “We’ve worked closely with lots of people, who are now very well placed in his administration, for a long time,” FAIR’s president, Dan Stein, admitted about the allies he and other anti-immigrant extremists now have in the White House. With an unshackled ICE sweeping up hardworking, undocumented immigrants with no criminal history and deep ties to this nation, that’s been very clear so far.
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