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May 21, 2018 9 tweets 4 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
Want to see what the founder of the nation's anti-immigrant movement was thinking about when he decided to start it?

Ending birthright citizenship.
Building a wall.

Because otherwise, the future would be "undesirable."

Dr. John Tanton, in 1975:
Was Dr. Tanton a white nationalist? White supremacist?

This much we know: his ideas on immigration are certainly espoused by white nationalists.

He was once called the most influential unknown man in America.

He needs to be a lot more famous.
Here's a memo of when Tanton and his colleague Roger Connor met with the commissioner of the then-INS in 1981. Confirmed that his lack of familiarity with immigration was a strength.

White nationalist sympathies have been injected into immigration policy for decades.
This is why we're trying to unseal the #TantonPapers, 11 boxes sealed until 2035. There's something in there Tanton doesn't want America to see.

Tanton founded @FAIRImmigration and nurtured its offshoots @wwwCISorg, @IRLILaw and @NumbersUSA. Together they've stalled meaningful immigration reform for decades.

They're the reason were *debating* whether it's a good idea to protect Dreamers, which should be a no-brainer.
Kris Kobach is of counsel to @IRLILaw.

Kellyanne Conway used to poll for FAIR.

Steve Bannon's Breitbart news frequently quotes CIS and FAIR.

Former ED of FAIR Julie Kirshner is now the immigration agency ombudsman.

CIS fellow Andrew Arthur regularly testifies before Congress.
These groups apparently have gone to great lengths to distance themselves from Tanton, a man who loves the racist time #CampOfTheSaints so much he acquired the rights to republish it in1994.

Haven't heard of it? It's a Bannon and Miller fave. Oh, and an "alt-right" cult classic.
They'll tell you they're not racist. That they're patriots. They're protecting Americans. They're sacrificing for a cause.

Don't believe them and don't normalize their rhetoric.

Fight back. They are the source. They're why we see families ripped apart, asylees criminalized.
They profit off of bigotry and xenophobia.

They're tickled pink at their luck in having a dim-witted figurehead tweet their white papers into law.

We can keep putting out fires, or learn about where they come from.

Tell @UMich to release the #TantonPapers.

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Oct 4, 2018
@FAIRImmigration, founded by Dr. John Tanton, is a mouthpiece of white nationalist rhetoric. But it's more than that: it injects its foul ideology into actual policy.

One (latest) example: Temporary Protected Status, or TPS. Read what a federal judge found:

On p29 of the decision, the Court gives yet another example of Acting Secy Elaine Duke, who is supposed to make a dispassionate assessment of conditions on the ground in determining TPS eligibility, said "this conclusion [to end TPS] is the result of an America first view..."
Curious, because America was founded on ideals of welcoming the forcibly displaced. I'm not sure what "American first" has to do with terminating TPS.

If the White House is influencing the decision, we have a problem, because the White House has made A LOT of racist statements.
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Sep 28, 2018
Feeling drained after the #KavanaughHearings? I've been thinking about why. Objectively, there are far worse injustices going on even as Kavanaugh spoke.

Sure, there's the out of sight out of mind factor. Most injustice goes unreported; yesterday's hearing was not that.
But there was something distinctive about the hearing. It was a rare exposure of several different vectors of underreported injustice, concentrated into one episode.
We hear stories of sexual assault all the time. Or oppression. Abuser protection. Entitlement. Privilege. Character assassination. Lip service to the oppressed. Trauma. Legalized discrimination.

Rarely do we get to see it all in one day, before hundreds of millions of people
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Sep 25, 2018
This administration continues to target aspiring American communities, one by one. DACA revocation, TPS de-designation, changing asylum laws, the Muslim Ban...

What about Indians?... qz.com/india/1400398/…
Once again, the administration regurgitates rhetoric spewed by nativists, and with H-4 work permit revocation, they get an added "bonus" - getting to undo something Obama put in place. Yes, this is what they base their policies on.
But I also wanted to say something about the new public charge rule that greatly expands ineligibility grounds for green cards, which will also play into this attack on the Indian-American community.

This is an attempt to backdoor the RAISE Act into law.
Read 6 tweets
Sep 24, 2018
Well this is curious. Apparently @FAIRImmigration believes I am a paid operative of "state-owned propaganda outlet" @ajplus to meddle in 2018 midterm elections.

Why? For this video I did calling FAIR out as driven by white nationalism:

I'm paid? News to my wallet; I thought I was just doing a public service.

Here's FAIR's press release:

They accuse me of "spreading malicious disinformation in what is a clear attempt to influence the upcoming midterm election." I'm flattered they think so highly of me.

Entirely different, of course, from FAIR's statements influencing lawmakers here:

Read 11 tweets
Sep 24, 2018
There already is a wall, folks.

More effective than any physical barrier on the southern border. Keeps people out before they can even begin their journey.

You can't fly over it or tunnel underneath it. You can't sneak around it, either. And it's much, much harder to tear down.
It's the combined bureaucracy of several different agencies that keeps people out. Physical barriers are a small slice of the pie of exclusion.

But with due process, there is sometimes a way through. Perfectly legal, not unlike carving out a nice little door for yourself.
Today, a green card for our North African client was approved after a 4 year delay. He had been apart from his US citizen wife since 2013, and even though they followed the law to the T, repeatedly told they just needed "one more thing," the visa remained stuck.
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Sep 22, 2018
It's Saturday, but there's no day off of this administration's oppression of aspiring Americans... especially the poor.

Most immigrants have always had to prove they're not a public charge: it's been the law for over 100 years.
But the administration now wants to greatly expand what a public charge is...meaning the types of public funds an aspiring American can lawfully use.

And also be able to deny green cards based on an officer's belief of an immigrant's likelihood at becoming a public charge.
I gave this example in a piece I wrote for @qz:
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