The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) certainly doesn’t seem like a hate group when you look at the name. Maybe some hardline right wingers bent on keeping immigrants from seeking a better life but certainly not a racist hate group.
Well, as it turns out, many of their members have ties to white supremacist groups and many of their ads have been rejected for containing racist propaganda. They have also been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
But don’t take our word for it, here is a FAIR founder in his own words:
“As Whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night? Or will there be an explosion?” — FAIR founder and board member John Tanton, Oct. 10, 1986
It also appears that at least six of Trump’s advisers have either worked directly for the bigoted hate group or have supported FAIR in numerous ways. Let’s start at the top of the trash pile and work our way down, shall we?
“Immigrants don’t come all church-loving, freedom-loving, God-fearing … Many of them hate America, hate everything that the United States stands for. Talk to some of these Central Americans.” — FAIR President Dan Stein, interviewed by Tucker Carlson, Oct. 2, 1997
Of course, historically noted racist Jeff Sessions would find himself on this list.
Jeff Sessions, now the Attorney General of the United States, was a keynote speaker in 2007 at a FAIR advisory board meeting and also enjoys attending the hate group’s annual “Hold Their Feet To The Fire” event where heels like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levine like to gather and bash immigrants.
Sessions has received campaign contributions from at least one PAC associated with FAIR for the paltry sum of $2000 USD according to Vice.
In his role as Attorney General, Sessions has vast oversight. He oversees the Executive Office for Immigration Review which includes all immigration courts in the U.S. and the Board of Immigration Appeals. FAIR would consider this a massive win for their ideal nation of a “European-American majority.”
Just when you think Kellyanne Conway is gone for good, she crawls her way back into the news.
Kellyanne Conway, the queen of alternative facts and Trump spin master, is also associated with the group having helped them to “shape their message.”
According to a report from Mother Jones:
“On the immigration front, Conway’s polling firm has worked for years for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that seeks to dramatically reduce immigration into the United States and deport undocumented immigrants.”
“We employed her polling company for many, many years, and as a result of that, we felt confident that she brought to the Trump campaign a great deal of hands-on experience on the issue,” FAIR President Dan Stein said.
Conway’s polling firm is also associated with a right-wing think tank run by Frank Gaffney, a right-wing extremist who pushes wild conspiracy theories about Islam.
Remember Stephen Miller? The guy that said Trump’s authority should not be questioned when he was trying to pass his Muslim ban? Yeah, him too.
Stephen Miller had his 15 minutes of fame when he took to the Sunday television circuit back in February pushing Trump’s Muslim ban. He famously proclaimed “that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”
According to a report from Vice:
“In 2009, Miller joined Jeff Sessions’ staff and rose through the ranks to become the Alabama senator’s communications director in 2012. During that time, he reportedly cultivated a close relationship with Robert Law, the director of government relations at FAIR, who joined the group in 2013. ‘I would not be surprised if Miller played a large role in crafting Trump’s platform,’ Law told Roll Call in February. ‘Every single component of it is basically what we have fought for, for a very long time.'”
Meet new Trump appointee Julie Kirchner, ombudsman in the Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
This one is a bit more direct. Julie here was the former Executive Director of FAIR for a decade before leaving the racist hate group to work on Trump’s campaign as his immigration policy adviser. Now she is in charge of helping immigrants navigate legalities in the brutal gauntlet of the American immigration system. That’s like trusting your cat not to eat your fish. Cats eat fish. This woman hates immigrants.
A former lawyer for the Immigration Law Institute, FAIR’s legal team, also enjoys a position in the Trump administration.
Kris Kobach is the guy in Trump’s ear whispering sweet nothings of “voter fraud” that have Trump believing he only lost the popular vote because of 3-5 million illegal ballots, some cast by undocumented immigrants, for Clinton during the 2016 General election.
“I’ve advised [Trump] on the issue of voter fraud in multiple forms,” Kobach said in January. “I’m not the only one, but he’s been very interested in finding ways to reduce voter fraud.”
I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
“I know that he is interested in investigating the issue on a national scale, but I also know that he would like to see the Justice Department launch specific investigations where there is real serious, specific evidence of voter fraud,” Kobach said.
Trump blaming voter fraud on undocumented immigrants makes quite a bit more sense when you look at the adviser’s position on immigration itself. This is also very revealing of how easily manipulated Trump is by the people around him.
Then there is Trump transition team member Representative Lou Barletta, a Republican from Pennsylvania’s 11th district.
Lou was also a FAIR national adviser and has been a longstanding immigration hardliner. When he was mayor of Hazelton, he cracked down on where undocumented immigrants could live by imposing penalties on landlords that were caught leasing to them. The policies he used to attack immigrants in this way were drafted by Kris Kobach.
So there you have it, a storm of racist and anti-immigration nationalists now have the seat of power in the United States. People with ties to the KKK and who have worked for years swaying conservative opinion. This is a rebirth of fascism in government. Resist.
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