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Negative Population Growth and the Tanton Network’s Obsession with Population Control


Stephen Piggott • Mar 25, 2010

Negative Population Growth, an anti-immigrant group financed by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) recently published its latest forum paper titled “Haiti’s Problems, and their Lessons” by Walter Youngquist. The two page paper essentially argues that the one of the root causes of Haiti’s problems is its population growth.

This is not the first attack on Haiti by the John Tanton Network since the horrific earthquake that ravaged the country earlier this year.

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, FAIR called the Obama Administration’s plan to give Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals “reckless and overboard.” The John Tanton Network continued its lack of sympathy for the Haitian disaster when Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies stated in his blog on the National Review Online that “My guess is that Haiti’s so screwed up because it wasn’t colonized long enough.”

The attacks on Haiti, a country that is 95% black, by the John Tanton Network are not surprising considering its long history of ties to white nationalist leaders and organizations. What is also not surprising is the fact that Haiti has been criticized by the John Tanton Network for its population size. The Tanton Network is absolutely obsessed with population control, and more specifically who of that population has access and control over resources.

The Tanton Network boasts many groups whose sole purpose is to argue for population stabilization, including Negative Population Growth and America’s Leadership Team for Long Range Population-Immigration-Resource Planning.

Donald Mann, the head of Negative Population Growth once stated, “We should give incentives to low-income people who agree to sterilization.”

The Tanton Network collaborates with groups that also falsely blame immigrants for population growth and environmental problems. Groups like Californians for Population Stabilization and Alliance for a Sustainable USA, just to name a few.

The Tanton Network’s preoccupation with population control is quite frightening considering its disregard for human suffering and dignity. Walter Youngquist’s first sentence in the NPG forum paper is “Few people have as much sympathy as I do for the people of Haiti, especially for the children, for I saw their desperate plight years before the earthquake.”

But his “sympathy” is soon thrown aside as he launches into a tirade against Haiti’s high population.

Krikorian’s comment on Haiti is even worse, but this type of rhetoric has sadly become commonplace from the organizations and individuals who make up the John Tanton Network.

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