Anti-Immigrant Group’s Comments Following Arizona Tragedy Are Shockingly Insensitive
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But these are not just a few recent slip-ups on the part of FAIR leaders. The group’s founder and current board member John Tanton has quite a history of expressing politically extreme opinions about immigrants, Jews, and people of color.
In 1997, John Tanton told the Detroit Free Press that America will soon be overrun by illegal immigrants “defecating and creating garbage and looking for jobs.”
In a 1995 memo, Tanton wrote about his thoughts on European hate crimes laws, stating, “These have generally been pushed by Jewish interests who are offended by those who have challenged the received version of the Holocaust.”
In his publication The Case for Passive Eugenics, Tanton wrote, “Hitler’s reign in Nazi Germany did little to advance the discussion of eugenics among sensitive persons.”
In 1990, Tanton wrote a letter to Jared Taylor of the white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens: “Thanks for sending me the first five pages of the rough typeset of your newsletter. You are saying a lot of things that need to be said, but I anticipate it will be very tough sledding”
It’s clear that anti-immigrant groups, no matter how extreme or divisive their agenda, will continue to position themselves as mainstream voices.
And they apparently have no shame in doing so on the backs of communities made vulnerable by political violence.