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Bigots in Suits – Anti-immigrant Lawyer Running For Office


MJ Olahafa • Jul 27, 2010
Mike Hethmon at a Social Contract event

Mike Hethmon at a Social Contract event

Yesterday was a day of discoveries. I discovered that my hair was an inch longer than the last time I checked, I discovered that one of my best friends decided to ditch her first name and go with her middle name instead. And I discovered that the good people of Maryland District 27A are about to get a good dose of bigotry when Mike Hethmon runs for district delegate.

Mike Hethmon is the General Counsel for the Immigration Reform Law Institute [IRLI], the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. FAIR was founded by white nationalist John Tanton, and received funds from the Pioneer Fund, a foundation which furthers research for racial eugenics. Racial eugenics was very influential during the early twentieth century - used to justify the atrocities of Nazi Germany and slavery in the United States, but was rejected by the American public and legitimate scientific communities after WWII.

Maryland District 27A residents should know that Mike Hethmon has worked with John Tanton for close to nine years now. He attended and spoke at a Writers Workshop for The Social Contract, a white nationalist journal published by Tanton.

Hethmon is also very close to Wayne Lutton, editor of The Social Contract. In addition to releasing racist publications, Wayne Lutton is also a Board of Director for the Charles Martel Society, an anti-Semitic organization that publishes the Occidental Quarterly. Lutton was also active with the overtly racist magazine American Renaissance and the flagship publication of the Council of Conservative Citizens. The Council of Conservative Citizens is the reconstituted, segregationist White Citizens’ Councils.

Despite these rather controversial and downright ugly ties, the Immigration Reform Law Institute, with the support of FAIR, has managed to infiltrate the mainstream immigration debate, and in the last five years alone has introduced over 350 pieces of anti-immigrant legislation in 38 different states. IRLI’s most well-known representative has to be anti-immigrant attorney extraordinaire Kris Kobach, builder of the infamous Arizona law, SB 1070, which calls for racial profiling and is currently being challenged by the Department of Justice. Kris Kobach has even teamed up with controversial AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is known for his abuses against undocumented immigrants.

Hopefully today will be a day of discoveries for the residents of Maryland District 27A. They should be aware of Mike Hethmon’s ties with white nationalists and his true agenda. And they should vocally oppose it.

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