Hate Groups Hijack Immigration Debate – New American Media

FAIR’s founder, John Tanton, is featured on the scary quotes portion of this blog so it’s no surprise to me they’ve been deemed a hate group. John Tanton is also responsible for starting You Don’t Speak For Me, a Hispanic anti-illegal immigration group, which claims that they speak for all legal Hispanics – which of course they don’t.

Hate Groups Hijack Immigration Debate
New America Media, Commentary, Mark Potok, Posted: Dec 13, 2007

Editor’s Note: This week the Southern Poverty Law Center classified the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) as a hate group. With the number of hate groups up by 40 percent since 2000, the immigration debate has proven to be a fertile ground for hate groups looking to spread their racist beliefs under the guise of immigration reform, writes Mark Potok, who monitors hate groups for the SPLC. IMMIGRATION MATTERS regularly features the views of the nation’s leading immigrant rights advocates.

When it comes to debating immigration, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has a knack for finding a place at the table to pitch its position.

In the past six years, FAIR officials have testified at least 30 times before Congress, and they have been quoted by the mainstream media more than 500 times so far in 2007. Earlier this year, the group played a key role in defeating bipartisan immigration reform legislation in Congress. In short, FAIR is taken seriously as a legitimate commentator.

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