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Mark Krikorian’s TPS Comments Contradict Anti-immigrant Agenda


James E. Johnson Jr. • Jan 15, 2010

Once again we are seeing the John Tanton Network use one of its tentacles, Center for Immigration Studies, to mask its extreme agenda. Mark Krikorian, speaking on behalf of the John Tanton Network’s Center for Immigration Studies, said “The Haitians in Florida are certainly upset about this tragedy… but this is going to end up benefiting them immensely.”

Krikorian’s remark was reported in The National Journal’s article about how politicians on both sides of the aisle are pressing the Obama administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians who are residing in the U.S. In another article, Krikorian says TPS for Haitians may be justified, but also stated that it is his understanding that things would “sort of get back to normal in a few months.” He believes that after a few months the Haitian refugees should be forced to return to Haiti. This would compound the tragedy of Haiti and the Haitian people.

Believe it or not, this is the softer version of the Tanton Network’s stance, which states that Haitians should be granted TPS only if it is denied to refugees from other countries.

The Tanton Network has long advocated against assisting Black immigrants and refugees. In 2004, Joyce Tarnow, advisory board member of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), another Tanton Network organization, was quoted as saying, “We need to help nations that can subsist and let others wither on the vine,” and her advice for Haiti was “Stew in your own juices.”

This is not the first time a Tanton Network organization has advocated to send Black people into unstable situations. Eric Ward outlined in his blog Anti-Immigrant to Blacks: Go back to Africa how Dan Stein of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) used nearly the exact same argument to force Liberians to return to a country still recovering from the wars that ravaged that nation and its people.

Another spokesperson of the Tanton Network, Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies Center for Immigration Studies wrote, “One legacy of TPS has been its contribution to the burgeoning street gang problem in the United States.” She pointed to a study that she authored as evidence. Her pronouncements dripped with racist overtones, as do the statements of Krikorian and Stein.

Krikorian is following the same script that the John Tanton Network has employed for years. If Krikorian truly wants to be a voice of repute in the TPS discussion, he must renounce the Tanton Network and its racist foundation. Until that time he is just another bigot.

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