Peter Gadiel, the president of anti-immigrant group, 9/11 Families for a Secure America, has designed a new anti-immigrant board game that he is selling on his website. His latest invention is simply called “Illegal Immigration” and, according to Gadiel, is designed to “inform the general population about people who come into the country illegally.” On the games website, Gadiel selfishly claims the game is, “The best weapon yet devised for the crusade against illegal immigration and amnesty.” When you take a closer look at the game and the person who invented it, you can clearly see that the game is nothing more than another immigrant bashing tool in the John Tanton Network’s arsenal.
Gadiel’s anti-immigrant group, 9/11 Families for a Secure America has a financial connection to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a group founded by John Tanton. FAIR’s history is littered with hate. They solicited and received over $1.2 million from the Pioneer Fund. The Pioneer Fund has a history of promoting the genetic superiority of white, European-Americans. Tanton himself is no stranger to hate speech.
In 1995, Tanton supported Holocaust Denial. While writing about hate crimes Tanton said “These have generally been pushed by Jewish interests who are offended by those who have challenged the received version of the Holocaust.”
Peter Gadiel, who is a former FAIR board member, has also supported holocaust denial. In an article published on the white Nationalist website, VDARE, another group that is financially tied to the John Tanton, Gadiel bashed those killed in the holocaust. He stated,
“Aunt Lotte was a collaborator in her own death. Not actively of course, but—like millions of others—her refusal to wake up and resist allowed Hitler to commit the mass murder of which she became a victim.”
After reading this hate speech, it isn’t hard to imagine Peter Gadiel inventing a game that bashes immigrants and makes him money. For the questions in the board game, Gadiel used WorldNetDaily.com, a “news” website that constantly features people affiliated with the John Tanton Network. Gadiel also used another group, the Center for Immigration Studies, for quiz questions. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) was founded as a project directly under the control of FAIR.
An article in the Orange County Register last week quoted some immigration experts who discredited the game and its research.
“Basically it’s his interpretation of statistics… with the kind of information they’ve selected,” said Louis DeSipio, an immigration expert who is an associate professor of political science and Chicano/ Latino Studies at University California Irvine. “It’s not designed to inform as much as it is to inflame.”
Wendy Sefsaf of the Immigration Policy Center also bashed the game stating,
“The Immigration Policy Center awards the new … game, Illegal Immigration, A Game 10 points for taking facts out of context, 10 points for absurdity and 10 points for using an outdated medium to spread an anti-immigrant agenda.”
Sadly for Gadiel, this “game” will not become a household name like Monopoly or Chutes and Ladders because the overwhelming majority of Americans believe that there is nothing funny immigrant bashing.