Nativism Watch

Colorado FAIR group to host Tom Tancredo, Maria Espinoza

Imagine 2050 Staff • Aug 15, 2014

On Aug. 23, the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform (CAIRCO) will hold an event in Denver featuring former Congressman and failed Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo. CAIRCO is a Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) state contact group. Its director, Fred Elbel, has long-standing ties to leaders of the anti-immigrant movement, including FAIR founder and white nationalist John Tanton.

In a column for the far-Right conspiracy website World Net Daily earlier this month, the stridently anti-immigrant Tancredo wrote, “we should all stock our ammunition shelves and join a militia” if House Republicans do not impeach President Obama.

In 1999, Tancredo founded the House Immigration Reform Caucus (HIRC) — allowing FAIR and the anti-immigrant movement direct access to members of Congress.

Maria Espinoza of The Remembrance Project (TRP) is also scheduled to speak at the CAIRCO event. Over the last year, Espinoza has increased her prevalence in nativist circles by attending myriad anti-immigrant events in places such as Oregon, Iowa, as well as FAIR’s annual Hold Their Feet to the Fire event in Washington, D.C.


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