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Stop citing anti-immigrant
hate groups


Learn about the anti-immigrant Tanton Network

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), Numbers USA, and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) — the major anti-immigrant groups in this country — were all founded and funded by eugenicist John Tanton, and the administration’s openly anti-immigrant language and policies are straight out of their playbook.

Hate groups are on the rise and our country is in the throes of an increasingly emboldened anti-immigrant government. The media, in offering anti-immigrant groups a platform to perpetuate false narratives of fear and xenophobia, is legitimizing the insidious reasoning used to separate families, spread fear within immigrant communities, and racially profile Americans.

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Tentacles of Hate

Under the guise of environmentalism and “population control,” the three most commonly cited anti-immigrant hate groups — CIS, FAIR and NumbersUSA — have raised millions of dollars and built a powerful lobbying machine to peddle their anti-immigrant message. In 2018, all three organizations’ combined assets totaled over $25 million. While these organizations engage in press conferences, buy millions in social media ads, and get quoted in major media outlets, their agendas remain rooted in segregation, eugenics, and racial discrimination. The groups have taken money from foundations that also fund white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups, like the Pioneer Fund and the Colcom Foundation.

Percent of stories mentioning anti-immigrant groups from the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and Los Angeles Times, 2014 – 2018

Influencing the media

Since 2014, major U.S. newspapers have used dehumanizing labels to refer to immigrants at a steadily increasing rate, according to our research, and the number of times that major media organizations cite anti-immigrant hate groups without context has also increased. Journalists must stop citing anti-immigrant hate groups that are part of the Tanton Network. If they are cited, journalists should include the necessary context of their relationship to white nationalism and their deep connections to Trump administration immigration agencies.

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