Familiar Anti-Immigrant, White Nationalist, and Islamophobic Faces at This Year’s CPAC Conference

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The agenda for the 2012 CPAC Conference is out and, not surprisingly, some familiar faces from the Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, and white nationalist circles will be participating in the three day event.

On day 1, a panel titled, “The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the Pursuit of Diversity is Weakening the American Identity,” is scheduled. The panel is sponsored by anti-immigrant group ProEnglish, which was founded by white nationalist John Tanton. ProEnglish’s new executive director, Robert Vandervoort, will be a featured speaker along with John Derbyshire of National Review. Vandervoort was recently spotted at a gathering of the white nationalist H.L. Mencken Club.

Peter Brimelow, another recent H.L. Mencken Club attendee, will also be speaking at ProEnglish’s panel at CPAC. Brimelow, a white nationalist from England, is the founder of the anti-immigrant blog VDARE.com that regularly hosts anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and anti-immigrant writers. The panel is rounded off by ProEnglish board member Rosalie Porter and Serge Trifkovic. Trifkovic was barred from entering Canada last year for his relations to the Serb government during the time of the Bosnian War in the 1990s.

On day 2 some of the big names in the anti-Muslim movement will be participating in a panel titled, “Islamic Law in America: How the Obama Justice Department is Selling Us Out.” Pamela Geller of the Islamophobic blog Atlas Shrugs will be speaking with her usual partner in crime, Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch.

Geller wrote last year that the genocide in Srebrenica during the Balkan Wars only resulted in a few hundred deaths while Spencer was mentioned by name 55 times in the reported manifesto of Norwegian mass murder Anders Behring Breivik. Also speaking on that panel are J. Christian Adams, Robert Muise, and Ilario Pantano, a Republican running for the North Carolina 7th District House seat who is closely tied to the main anti-immigrant organizations in that state.

On CPAC’s final day, a panel titled, “Immigration – High Fences, Wide Gates: States vs. the Feds, the Rule of Law & American Identity” will be held. ProEnglish’s Vandervoort is again speaking at this event along with all-star anti-immigrant attorney and current Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach.

Kobach is a lawyer with the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Like ProEnglish, both IRLI and FAIR were founded by white nationalist John Tanton. Kobach recently endorsed GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and is also the architect of some of the harshest anti-immigrant legislation in the country, including Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56. Also speaking on the panel is Fred Smith of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The panel will be moderated by Niger Innis of the Congress for Racial Equality.

Check back with Imagine2050 next week for more news about the far-right at CPAC 2012.

J. Christian Adams