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FAIR testifies with controversial anti-immigrant group Americans for Immigration Control

Stephen Piggott • Mar 30, 2011

Last week, the anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) announced that its director of special projects, Jack Martin, testified on behalf of FAIR at a Maryland House hearing. Martin wrote about his experience on FAIR’s website. FAIR providing testimony in favor of anti-immigrant bills is not uncommon. What is peculiar is that Martin wrote that he testified along with a group openly tied to racist organizations. In the case of the Maryland hearing, Martin testified with Americans for Immigration Control (AIC).

AIC’s two major spokespersons are vice president John Vinson and president Robert Goldsborough. Goldsborough is who testified along with FAIR in Maryland last week. Both men write for the nativist publication Middle American News (MAN). Others who have written for MAN include white nationalists Wayne Lutton, Peter Gemma and the late Sam Francis. Francis was a former chairman of AIC and went on to edit the racist Council of Conservative Citizens’ monthly publication, Citizens Informer.

Vinson is a founding member of the white supremacist League of the South and is affiliated with the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), an openly racist group that describes African Americans as a “retrograde species of humanity.” AIC’s website also sells books from known white nationalists such as Peter Brimelow who runs the blog VDARE.com. AIC’s links page lists racist sites such as VDARE.com and TheSocialContract.com

FAIR seemed unconcerned with mentioning AIC’s controversial side in Martin’s account of the hearing. That should come as no surprise considering FAIR’s long history of fraternizing with white nationalist groups and individuals. After all, FAIR itself was founded by infamous white nationalist John Tanton.

In the report of the testimony on FAIR’s website, Martin even wrote about how AIC president Robert Goldsborough was asked at the end of his testimony about his connections to FAIR. Goldsborough stated that FAIR and AIC “work collaboratively but are separate and independent organizations.”

Exposing the ties of anti-immigrant groups to white nationalism is essential, especially when their leadership is in a position to influence legislation. Both FAIR and AIC should be held accountable for their brazen ties to white nationalists.

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