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"It's almost like [Asians and Hispanics] are getting into competitive breeding."

Dan Stein

"In the bacteriology lab, we have culture plates. You put a bug in there and it starts growing and gets bigger and bigger and bigger. And it grows until it finally fills the whole plate. And it crashes and dies." — John Tanton, 1997, comparing immigrants to bacteria.

John Tanton

'Even illegal aliens deserve humane treatment as they are detected, detained and deported.' –Roy Beck, in "Little-Known Group Claims a Win on Immigration" from the New York Times.

Roy Beck

"The effects of illegal immigration aren't that different from those of legal immigration —an illiterate Central American farmer with a green card is just as unsuited for a 21st-century economy as an illiterate Central American farmer without a green card." – Mark Krikorian, National Review Online.

Mark Krikorian




Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

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The Nativist Lobby:

Three Washington, D.C.-based immigration-restriction organizations stand at the nexus of the American nativist movement: the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), and NumbersUSA. Although on the surface they appear quite different — the first, the country's best-known anti-immigrant lobbying group; the second, an "independent" think tank; and the third, a powerful grassroots organizer — they are fruits of the same poisonous tree.

FAIR, CIS and NumbersUSA are all part of a network of restrictionist organizations conceived and created by John Tanton, the "puppeteer" of the nativist movement and a man with deep racist roots. As the first article in this report shows, Tanton has for decades been at the heart of the white nationalist scene. He has met with leading white supremacists, promoted anti-Semitic ideas, and associated closely with the leaders of a eugenicist foundation once described by a leading newspaper as a "neo-Nazi organization." He has made a series of racist statements about Latinos and worried that they were outbreeding whites. At one point, he wrote candidly that to maintain American culture, "a European-American majority" is required.

Key Quotes from the Report:

"Three Washington, D.C. – based immigration-restriction organizations stand at the nexus of the American nativist movement: the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), and NumbersUSA. Although on the surface thy appear quite different – the first, the country's best-known anti-immigrant lobbying group; the second, an "independent" think tank; and the third, a powerful grassroots organization – they are fruits of the same poisonous tree."

"CIS' creation was part of a carefully thought-out strategy aimed at creating a set of complementary institutions to cultivate the nativist cause – groups including the Federation for American immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA."

"…these organizations are frequently treated as if they were legitimate, mainstream commentators on immigration. But the truth is that they were all conceived and birthed by a man who sees America under threat by non-white immigrants."

On FAIR: "The nativist lobby's action arm has an ugly record of promoting racist ideas, conspiracy theories and anti-immigrant hatred."

On CIS: "The nativist lobby's supposedly ‘independent' think tank has never found any aspect of immigration it likes."

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