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Cross-Post: ALEC & SLLI – “Bipartisan” Bigotry

Imagine 2050 Staff • Jul 09, 2012

Originally posted on Daily Kos by MNDem999:

Last week I found an article that started with this:

In a news release from Friday, June 29th, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the founder of the Tanton Network’s State Legislators for Legal Immigration,

Being that this was the third time in less than a month that the universe had slapped me in the face with the Tanton Network’s State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI) – I figured that meant – it’s time to try to connect the dots between SLLI and ALEC.  This may be a little long – but I wanted to give you the information and sources that built the story – a story I think people need to know.There appears to be a dirty little secret lurking in the halls and cocktail parties of the of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meetings  – overt racism.

ALEC is always touting their bipartisan membership – guess their association with these groups may cause people to think twice about that ALEC lie.

Here’s a little history to get us started – snips from sources:

The John Tanton Network and the Anti-Immigrant Movement in America
One man is at the heart of the most influential network of anti-immigrant groups in the country.This man, John H. Tanton, has created an empire of organizations populated by lobbyists, lawyers, legislators, and “experts” that have permeated the very depths of America’s social and political debate on immigration.

What appears to the public as myriad separate voices all advocating for one cause, i.e. severe immigration enforcement, is nothing more than a facade, a collection of craftily constructed front groups, faux-”coalitions,” and spin-offs that are collectively unified in their goal to overwhelm any reasonable debate on immigration with their branded worldview of bigotry.

This collective is known as the John Tanton Network.

Continue reading this article here.

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