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  • NY Times Cites Anti-Immigrant Groups, Doesn't Mention Their Ties To White Supremacists

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    A New York Times article cited anti-immigrant groups Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and ignored their ties to nativists while reporting on sanctuary cities’ efforts to combat costly federal immigration proposals.

    The November 27 Times report cited FAIR president Dan Stein and Center for Immigration Studies director of policy Jessica Vaughan. Both took the opportunity to advocate for President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities unless they enforce immigration policy, a role that historically falls under the responsibility of the federal government. The article identified FAIR as a group that “opposes legalization for unauthorized immigrants” and said the Center for Immigration Studies “supports reduced immigration.”

    FAIR, which has already influenced Trump’s immigration proposals, has ties to white supremacists and was labeled an anti-immigrant hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The founder of FAIR also helped launch the Center for Immigration Studies, which, like FAIR, uses the veneer of impartiality to inject lies about immigration into mainstream media. By including commentary from nativist groups while failing to properly identify them, the Times is recycling misinformation and robbing its audience of essential context. From the November 27 New York Times report:

    Across the nation, officials in sanctuary cities are gearing up to oppose President-elect Donald J. Trump if he follows through on a campaign promise to deport millions of illegal immigrants. They are promising to maintain their policies of limiting local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration agents.

    [...]

    Supporters of tougher immigration policies, however, expect a swift response. Dan Stein, the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which opposes legalization for unauthorized immigrants, predicted “a very aggressive, no-holds-barred support for using the full power of the federal government to discourage this kind of interference.”

    “These local politicians take it upon themselves to allow people who have been here for a long time to stay here and receive services,” Mr. Stein said. “The Trump administration is basically saying, ‘If you want to accommodate, don’t expect the rest of us to pay for your services.’”

    Some believe Mr. Trump could go further than simply pulling federal funding, perhaps fighting such policies in court or even prosecuting city leaders.

    “This is uncharted territory in some ways, to see if they’re just playing chicken, or see if they will relent,” said Jessica Vaughan, the director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports reduced immigration.

    Cities have “gotten away with this for a long time because the federal government has never attempted to crack down on them,” Ms. Vaughan said. [The New York Times, 11/27/16]

  • Media Should Not Sanitize Trump Immigration Adviser Kris Kobach’s Extremism, Ties To White Supremacists

    Kobach “Wrote The Book” On Muslim Registry And Was Behind Anti-Immigrant SB 1070

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    A reported architect behind President-elect Donald Trump’s extreme immigration proposals, radio host and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has received significant media attention following the announcement that he was joining Trump’s transition team. However, media outlets are failing to note his ties to hate groups and nativist organizations and his attacks on immigrants and LGBTQ people.

  • White Supremacists Love Trump’s New Hire

    Daily Beast: Bannon Turned Breitbart Into A “Safe Space For White Supremacists”

    Blog ››› ››› ANDREW LAWRENCE

    White nationalists and hate group leaders are praising Donald Trump’s hiring of Breitbart News CEO Steve Bannon as the new chief executive of his campaign, calling it “great news” and citing Bannon as someone who shares their views.

    An August 17 Daily Beast report detailed the disturbing list of white supremacists and hate group leaders praising the hiring of Bannon and his effort at Breitbart News to mainstream their views. White supremacist website VDARE.com editor Peter Brimelow called the hire “great news,” while white nationalist think tank leader Richard* Spencer lauded Bannon as someone whose website has shown “elective affinities” for his ideas.

    The Daily Beast further highlighted the turn Breitbart.com took towards bolstering white supremacy under Bannon’s leadership:

    Bannon didn’t just make Breitbart a safe space for white supremacists; he’s also welcomed a scholar blacklisted from the mainstream conservative movement for arguing there’s a connection between race and IQ. Breitbart frequently highlights the work of Jason Richwine, who resigned from the conservative Heritage Foundation when news broke that his Harvard dissertation argued in part that Hispanics have lower IQs than non-Hispanic whites.

    Bannon loves Richwine. On Jan. 6 of this year, when Richwine was a guest on the radio show, Bannon called him “one of the smartest brains out there on demographics, demography this whole issue of immigration, what it means to this country.”

    And, unsurprisingly, Bannon heaps praise on Pamela Geller, an activist in the counter-Jihad movement who warns about “creeping Sharia.” When she appeared on the SiriusXM Breitbart radio show that Bannon hosted, he called her “one of the leading experts in the country if not the world” on Islam.

    The white nationalist movement has been celebrating Trump throughout his campaign and used his candidacy to recruit followers, fundraise, and spread their message. The Trump campaign has frequently interacted with the white nationalist movement, providing access to their surrogates for white nationalist media, giving a white nationalist radio host press credentials, failing to condemn their support, and retweeting them.

    *name corrected

  • El País Señala El Apoyo De Los Supremacistas Blancos A Trump

    Angelo Carusone De Media Matters Explica Que “Para Ellos El Mensaje [De Trump] No Es Nuevo”

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    El periódico El País reportó el apoyo que el candidato presidencial Republicano Donald Trump está recibiendo de grupos de nacionalistas blancos, y citó al vicepresidente de Media Matters que explicó que para estos grupos radicales el mensaje de Trump “no es nuevo.”

    La violenta retórica de Trump ha complacido a grupos de nacionalismo blanco, brindándole el apoyo del Partido Nazi de los Estados Unidos y de personalidades como el ex-líder del Ku Klux Klan David Duke, quien ha citado a Trump como la inspiración de su propia candidatura al Senado. Los grupos de supremacistas blancos apoyando a Trump tienen un historial de posturas racistas y anti-inmigrantes.

    En un artículo del 10 de agosto, El País entrevistó a expertos que coincidieron en que la candidatura de Trump es “el momento que” los grupos radicales con ideologías nacionalistas y de supremacía blanca han “esperado durante años” pues “por primera vez” sus argumentos “están siendo pronunciados por un candidato a la Casa Blanca.” Del artículo de El País:

    El presidente del Partido Nazi de Estados Unidos asegura que una victoria de Donald Trump en las elecciones sería “una oportunidad real” para los nacionalistas blancos. Un ex miembro del Ku Klux Klan y aspirante al Senado por Luisiana dice que sus votantes “son los mismos” que los del republicano. A pesar de que se trate de grupos radicales minoritarios, los expertos alertan de un hecho sin precedentes: la entrada de posiciones supremacistas en la narrativa de un candidato presidencial.

    [...]

    “Para ellos el mensaje no es nuevo”, asegura Angelo Carusone, vicepresidente de la organización Media Matters. El experto añade que Trump también ha dado legitimidad a ideas radicales al reenviar mensajes de supremacistas en Twitter. “No es algo aleatorio”.

    Trump cuenta también con el apoyo de David Duke, exlíder del Ku Klux Klan, candidato al Senado y uno de los supremacistas de los que ya tuvo que distanciarse el pasado mes de febrero. Duke ha sido identificado por la organización Southern Poverty Law Center como “la figura más reconocible de la derecha radical americana”, presume de haber acuñado el lema “América primero” que defiende Trump y promete apoyar “como nadie” sus propuestas legislativas. En una entrevista en NPR declaró que los votantes del republicano y los suyos son los mismos.

    Los expertos coinciden en que la gravedad de la situación actual radica en que, por primera vez, los argumentos de grupos radicales minoritarios están siendo pronunciados por un candidato a la Casa Blanca. “Apoyan a Trump, pero su campaña es la que ha facilitado con sus propias acciones que esto ocurra”, dice Henry Fernández, investigador del Center for American Progress.

    [...]

    Según la investigadora especializada Sophie Björk-James, de la Universidad de Vanderbilt, los grupos de supremacistas blancos se han centrado en las últimas décadas en reinventar su marca y mejorar su respetabilidad. “Ellos ven a Trump como un símbolo de la entrada de conceptos nacionalistas en la campaña nacional”, explica. “Es el momento que estaban esperando durante años”.

  • UPDATED: National Review Drops Writer For Speaking At "White Supremacist" Conference

    Blog ››› ››› JOE STRUPP
    NRO contributor Robert Weissberg (left)
    at American Renaissance conference
    with "pro-White" radio host James Edwards
    and editor Jared Taylor.

    UPDATE:

    In a post last night at NRO, Rich Lowry announced that Weissberg "will no longer be posting" at National Review due to his appearance at the American Renaissance conference:

    Unbeknowst to us, occasional Phi Beta Cons contributor Robert Weissberg (whose book was published a few years ago by Transaction) participated in an American Renaissance conference where he delivered a noxious talk about the future of white nationalism. He will no longer be posting here. Thanks to those who brought it to our attention.



    National Review, which recently severed its relationship with writer John Derbyshire for a column in which he advised parents to teach their children to be wary of blacks, has another contributor who may draw similar scrutiny.

    In March, National Review Online contributor Robert Weissberg spoke at the annual conference of the magazine American Renaissance, described as a "white supremacist journal" by the Anti-Defamation League. Reportedly proposing "A Politically Viable Alternative to White Nationalism," Weissberg described to the audience of 150 an "enclave" solution in which zoning laws and other methods could be used to create "Whitopias" in America.

    Weissberg, an emeritus professor at the University of Illinois, is a regular contributor to National Review Online, having written 10 posts for its Phi Beta Con blog on education, the most recent coming within the last week.

    During his speech at the conference, Weissberg discussed how to keep "Whitopias" white and the positives of "maintaining whiteness," according to the American Renaissance website:

    Prof. Weissberg argued that an "80 percent solution" would be one that enforced the "First-World" standards of excellence and hard work that attract and reward whites. He pointed out that there are still many "Whitopias" in America and that there are many ways to keep them white, such as zoning that requires large houses, and a cultural ambiance or classical music and refined demeanor that repels undesirables. This approach to maintaining whiteness has the advantage that people can make a living catering to whites in their enclaves.

    Prof. Weissberg went on to argue that liberals are beyond reason when it comes to race, that explaining the facts of IQ or the necessity of racial consciousness for whites "is like trying to explain to an eight-year-old why sex is more fun than chocolate ice cream."

    Other speakers at the conference include James Edwards, known for his "pro-white" radio show, Political Cesspool, and the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the white nationalist American Third Position party, Mervin Miller and Virginia Abernathy.

    Last Thursday, longtime National Review writer Derbyshire published a piece for Taki's Magazine that urged parents to teach their children to, among other things, not "attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks." The piece was swiftly condemned across the ideological spectrum; on Saturday night National Review Editor Rich Lowry announced that Derbyshire could no longer write for National Review. Lowry did not respond to repeated requests for comment on Weissberg's standing with National Review Tuesday morning.

    Weissberg spoke with Media Matters Monday evening about his views and American Renaissance involvement, first noted at LittleGreenFootballs.com.

    Asked why he would appear at an event sponsored by American Renaissance, Weissberg defended the group.

    "It really is, it's not a white supremacist, as far as I'm concerned. There are probably people in the organization who are white supremacists, okay. There are probably people in the Democratic party and the Republican party who are also, okay," he said. "But I would not tar an organization by singling out a few members who have odd extreme political views and then labeling the organization as endorsing those views. The problem, if I may digress here a little bit, I am a member of several organizations, sort of conservative, ranging from AR, which is, to much more respectable things and the thing about AR is that they cannot control who shows up. You walk in the door, or you pay your whatever it is, $75 convention fee, and you are part of the crowd, that's it."