Nativism Watch

FAIR’s Dan Stein conceals his anti-immigrant animus in USA Today op-ed

Imagine2050 Staff • Jan 19, 2016
Dan Stein

In an op-ed published by USA Today, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) President Dan Stein attempted to portray himself and others in the organized anti-immigrant movement as being free of anti-immigrant animus or bigotry.

Stein’s previous statements and writings in less-circulated outlets only prove how disingenuous this representation is.

In the USA Today op-ed last week, Stein wrote that many activists’ “concerns are not motivated by animus towards immigrants, legal or illegal, but rather by the adverse impact that failed policies and government’s refusal to enforce our laws is having on them and their families.”

This characterization is by no means a new one by anti-immigrant activists who ignore inclusive immigration policies’ positive economic outcomes. Stein’s op-ed echoes sentiments Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) — two of the organized anti-immigrant movement’s most strident allies in Congress — expressed in a letter to Republican colleagues earlier this week.

Stein however, as leader of the country’s most prominent anti-immigrant organization, has exhibited blatant animus toward immigrants. He has previously lamented that repealing overtly racist immigration laws passed in the 1920s was a “great way to retaliate against Anglo-Saxon dominance” and a form of “revenge.” Stein also noted that repealing these laws “will continue to create chaos down the line.”

In 1997, Stein again derided  immigrants as un-American. “Immigrants don’t come all church-loving, freedom-loving, God-fearing.” Stein told The Wall Street Journal. “Many of them hate America; hate everything that the United States stands for. Talk to some of these Central Americans.”

More recently, Stein has continued to disparage immigrants and their impact on society. In a December 2014 op-ed, the FAIR president lambasted President Obama’s executive actions that would provide temporary deportation relief to some as an effort “to re-engineer this society” that “will make the nation ungovernable.”

Stein and FAIR’s long-standing objection to meaningful immigration reform is absolutely driven by animus toward immigrants. His own words make this clear.

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