Nativism Watch

There Goes the Neighborhood: September 23, 2016


Imagine2050 Staff • Sep 23, 2016

There Goes the Neighborhood is a weekly series from Imagine 2050 staff highlighting upcoming nativist events.

This week, an anti-Muslim event in California and a leading anti-immigrant think tank hosts two writers with odious histories regarding race and intelligence.

On Saturday, September 24, increasingly prevalent anti-Muslim speaker Phillip Haney will speak in Corona, California. The event is being organized by the local chapter of anti-Muslim grassroots group ACT for America. Haney has more frequently worked with ACT, having spoken at the group’s national conference earlier this month. Earlier this year, Haney participated in a conference call and a Capitol Hill briefing organized by ACT. He also spoke to three separate Ohio ACT chapters last month.

On Monday, September 27, Jessica Vaughan will speak to members of Wellesley Republican Town Committee in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Vaughan is Director of Policy Studies at the leading anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). The work of Vaughan and her colleagues at CIS has fueled the presence of misinformation in immigration policy debates. She has also supported legal efforts to halt refugee resettlement in South Carolina.

Also on Monday, September 27, CIS will host a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. to discuss the findings of a recent report the group published on labor participation rates. The report was authored by Jason Richwine who, while not a CIS employee, has had his work published by CIS with increased frequency. Richwine notoriously had to resign from the Heritage Foundation in 2013 following revelations about his specious dissertation on race and IQ levels. Joining Richwine on the panel will be American Enterprise Institute (AEI) fellow Charles Murray, whose 1994 book The Bell Curve had great influence on Richwine’s dissertation. Richwine finished his dissertation working alongside Murray at AEI. Richwine fondly recalled the experience while speaking to The Washington Examiner in 2013. “Few grad students get that kind of support and get to work with their childhood hero,” Richwine said.

Further illustrating CIS’s reputation for peddling misinformation, Monday’s event was announced with an egregious claim: “55.4 million working-age, native-born Americans without jobs in the first quarter of 2016,” a CIS announcement read. In August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 16,176,000 workers who were either unemployed, working part time, or not currently looking for work—approximately three-and-a-half times fewer unemployed workers than CIS claims.

Additional information on these events and others can be found in the map below. The events scheduled for next week are marked with a red star.

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