Immigration

SCOTUSblog provides platform for hate group president


Lindsay Schubiner • Feb 10, 2016

Yesterday, SCOTUSblog-the leading blog covering the U.S. Supreme Court-published a piece by Dan Stein, president of the anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Stein’s piece is part of a series exploring different opinions on the Unites States v. Texas case, in which a group of states have challenged the legality of the executive action to protect undocumented parents of U.S. citizens from deportation (DAPA).

While we understand the publication’s desire to present various viewpoints on the issue, FAIR does not simply represent the “other side” of the argument about United States v. Texas. FAIR’s founder was an avowed white nationalist, and the organization continues his legacy today. There is no reason for SCOTUSblog to provide this extremist hate group leader with a mainstream platform for his anti-immigrant arguments.

FAIR is a widely recognized hate group because of its virulent and false attacks on non-white immigrants. FAIR’s current work builds on its long history of advancing deeply racist, and sometimes unconstitutional, immigration enforcement legislation that maligns immigrant and native-born communities of color. Stein’s views are not the exception to FAIR’s deeply racist principles. He has stated, “Immigrants don’t come all church-loving, freedom-loving, God-fearing. … Many of them hate America, hate everything that the United States stands for. Talk to some of these Central Americans.”

FAIR’s goal is to severely reduce immigration, including legal immigration. Per FAIR’s founder, reducing immigration is necessary in order to maintain a white majority in the United States. This racist ideology does not only extend to immigration: many FAIR officials have advocated for extreme population control measures, including forced sterilization. Dan Stein himself has said, “Should we be subsidizing people with low IQs to have as many children as possible, and not subsidizing those with high ones?” Just last week, Stein suggested Central American immigrants pose a public health threat by evoking the genocide of colonial-era indigenous people. “In the end, take a look at what happened to the Native Americans when they didn’t properly screen for contagious diseases back in 1620,” he said.

Given FAIR’s racist history and extremist goals and rhetoric, Imagine2050 staff emailed the SCOTUSblog publisher to ask for a retraction of Dan Stein’s blog. The publisher declined.

Please join us in tweeting @SCOTUSblog to ask them not to provide a platform for anti-immigrant hate.

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