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ACTION: Anti-Immigrant Lobby Exposed, Help us Fight the Hate

FAIR (the Federation for American Immigration Reform), the Center for Immigration Studies and NumbersUSA.  I have mentioned these anti-immigrant groups before – they purport to be “think tanks” or “grass roots orgs” and have a “common sense” approach to immigration policy, but are really espousing the type of hateful and inhumane immigration policies that have been responsible for the last 8 years of rising hate crimes and enforcement-only tactics.

For more information, check out my previous posts on these guys: here, here and here.

Some have dubbed these guys the “anti-immigrant lobby”, seeing as how they can turn every single issue in American politics into a soapbox for their xenophobic and radical anti-immigrant beliefs. Just recently they tried to deny immigrant children healthcare and burden businesses with mandatory use of the fatally flawed E-verify program. Last summer, they went as far as blaming immigrants for Global Warming. No, really.

Well now, more than ever, these guys are being exposed for what they really are “wolves in sheep’s clothing”. last week, the New York Times featured an editorial on these extremists groups – here’s an excerpt:

The relentlessly harsh Republican campaign against immigrants has always hidden a streak of racialist extremism. Now after several high-water years, the Republican tide has gone out, leaving exposed the nativism of fringe right-wingers clinging to what they hope will be a wedge issue.

Today, the Southern Povery Law Center released a report that proves undoubtedly just how extreme these groups really are. And America’s Voice has built a website where people can take action to help stop the hate in the immigration debate.

Click here to visit the site and vote on the “Top Anti-Immigrant Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”. You can also download the full report from the SPLC.

We know that organizations like the Center for Immigration Studies, Numbers USA, and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) are not mainstream voices on immigration, but our politicians and media need to know it, too. Visit America’s Voice to take action against the extreme in the mainstream.

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