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May 06, 2005

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and "extremist group" gathering at Opryland

There is an article in the Tennessean dated Friday, 05/06/05 wherein David Lubell, State Coordinator with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition is quoted as saying "FAIR has close relationships with ''racists and xenophobic groups'' around the country, said the coalition is ''very disappointed'' that Blackburn (Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn)''would align herself with this hate group by participating in their regional meeting. Our opinion (David Lubell) of FAIR is it's an extremist group trying to paint itself as a moderate immigration group,'' said Lubell,''

In the article Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is quoted as saying "Blackburn and her staff strongly disputed the characterization of FAIR as ''extremist,'' saying FAIR is a group concerned about homeland security."

You can find the rest of the article by YVETTE CRAIG, Staff Writer, Tenneessean at; http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/05/03/69178765.shtml?Element_ID=69178765

For information about FAIR and its founder John Tanton to the Southern Poverty Center Website at;

Here is a quote from the article; "It is not often that a single individual is largely responsible for creating an entire political movement. But John Tanton can claim without exaggeration that he is the founding father of America's modern anti-immigration movement.

In addition to directly controlling four prominent immigration restriction groups, Tanton has been critical in establishing or helping fund several other anti-immigration groups.

He serves on the board of the group with the largest membership, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which he founded 23 years ago.

It was an odd turn of events for an erstwhile liberal activist who loved beekeeping and the rural life.

Raising a family and practicing medicine in Petoskey, Mich., Tanton started out as a passionate environmentalist. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he was a leader in the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club and other mainstream environmental groups.

But Tanton soon became fixated on population control, seeing environmental degradation as the inevitable result of overpopulation.

When the indigenous birth rate fell below replacement level in the United States, his preoccupation turned to immigration. And this soon led him to race.

Tanton had something akin to a conversion when he came across The Camp of the Saints, a lurid, racist novel written by Frenchman Jean Raspail that depicts an invasion of the white, Western world by a fleet of starving, dark-skinned refugees.

Tanton helped get the novel published in English and soon was promoting what he considered the book's prophetic argument.

"Their [Third World] 'huddled masses' cast longing eyes on the apparent riches of the industrial west," Tanton wrote in 1975. "The developed countries lie directly in the path of a great storm."

And so he began to develop a counter-force. After 1979, when he co-founded FAIR, Tanton launched "a whole array of organizations that serve the overall ideological and political battle plan to halt immigration — even if those groups have somewhat differing politics," explained Rick Swartz, the pro-immigration activist who founded the National Immigration Forum in 1982.

"Tanton is the puppeteer behind this entire movement," Swartz said. "He is the organizer of a significant amount of its financing, and is both the major recruiter of key personnel and the intellectual leader of the whole network of groups."

Tanton declined to be interviewed for this story.".

Posted by VisaLawyer at May 6, 2005 07:10 AM


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