Amnesty Myth Maker: Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) emboldens current broken immigration systemTuesday, April 16th, 2013
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has been lying to the American People about “amnesty” as it relates to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. Most Americans understand that the immigration system has been broken for decades and it is disingenuous for them to call the legal immigration plan by the Gang of 8 as “amnesty.”
FAIR has been classified by the SPLC as a known hate group and they state:
At the center of the Tanton web is the nonprofit Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the most important organization fueling the backlash against immigration.Founded by Tanton in 1979, FAIR has long been marked by anti-Latino and anti-Catholic attitudes. It has mixed this bigotry with a fondness for eugenics, the idea of breeding better humans discredited by its Nazi associations. It has accepted $1.2 million from an infamous, racist eugenics foundation. It has employed officials in key positions who are also members of white supremacist groups. Recently, it has promoted racist conspiracy theories about Mexico’s secret designs on the American Southwest and an alternative theory alleging secret plans to merge the United States, Mexico and Canada. … Tanton 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. He introduced key FAIR leaders to the president of the Pioneer Fund, a white supremacist group set up to encourage “race betterment,” at a 1997 meeting at a private club. He wrote a major funder to encourage her to read the work of a radical anti-Semitic professor — to “give you a new understanding of the Jewish outlook on life” — and suggested that the entire FAIR board discuss the professor’s theories on the Jews. He practically worshipped a principal architect of the Immigration Act of 1924 (instituting a national origin quota system and barring Asian immigration), a rabid anti-Semite whose pro-Nazi American Coalition of Patriotic Societies was indicted for sedition in 1942.
Since immigration is broken, it is imperative that we find reasonable legal solutions that garner bipartisanship support from both Republicans and Democrats.
As a former bomb dog handler and veteran of the United States Air Force, I want to underscore that the 2013 Legal immigration reform bill is a major step forward in securing our Nation because only after everyone is registered and documented will we know who is in our Nation and where we can find them. We know that once we fix the broken immigration system, and once we document all immigrants — then they can feel safe to help law enforcement agencies to target criminal activity without the fear of deportation when they report suspicious activity to the law enforcement authorities. Therefore, bringing the immigrants out of the shadows will only strengthen our Nation’s security.
The great and former Republican Ronald Reagan gave amnesty, while the 2013 bipartisanship Act does not. The 2013 immigration plan is a legal vehicle and a means to reform what has been broken. Furthermore, and more importantly … the only immigrants who are given privileged amnesty are the Cuban immigrants under the Cuban Adjustment Act where Cuban immigrants receive government benefits once their wet-foot reaches dry-land. Why hasn’t FAIR addressed the privileged Cuban amnesty if they are really against amnesty? Mexican immigrants do not receive government benefits that Cuban immigrants receive.
It is clear that the immigration system is broken and this is why a bipartisanship effort is needed in order to fix the immigration system via a legal immigration plan. It appears FAIR does not offer a reasonable policy solution to fixing what is broken because they really are xenophobes.