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The Roots Of Arizona’s Immigration Law

Rachael Maddow did a piece last night about the man behind the recently passed Arizona immigration law that’s well worth watching:

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The details:

The sponsor of Arizona’s new “Papers, please” immigration is law is Republican State Sen. Russell Pearce, a politician who was caught on tape hugging a neo-Nazi.

But if you want to meet the guy who’s taking credit for writing the new law, that would be Kris Kobach, a birther who’s running for secretary of state in Kansas. His campaign Website brags, “Kobach wins one in Arizona.” He’s also an attorney for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the legal arm of an immigration group called FAIR, the Federation for American
Immigration Reform.

FAIR was founded in 1979 by John Tanton, who’s still listed as a member of FAIR’s board of directors. Seven years after he started FAIR, Tanton wrote this, “To govern is to populate. Will the present majority peaceably hand over its political power to a group that is simply more fertile? As whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night or will there be an explosion?”


For nine of the first years of FAIR’s existence, the group reportedly received more than $1 million in funding from something called the Pioneer Fund. The Pioneer Fund describes itself as based “in the Darwinian-Galtonian evolutionary tradition and eugenics movement.” For the last 70 years, the Pioneer Fund has funded controversial research about race and intelligence, essentially aimed at proving the racial superiority of white people. The group’s original mandate was to promote the genes of those “deemed to be descended predominantly from white persons who settled in the original 13 states prior to the adoption of the Constitution.”

Tanton’s organization, FAIR, claims credit for writing Arizona’s new immigration law. The link between Fair and the Pioneer Fund makes sense, especially after you read more of Tanton’s writing, like this: “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority and a clear one at that.”

Smells really bad to me, Arizona.

4 Responses to “The Roots Of Arizona’s Immigration Law”

  1. James Young says:

    I’m eagerly awaiting her expose on the racist roots of the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage law.

    Oh, wait! Padding the costs of government construction is something the far Left supports.

    Won’t be holding my breath.

  2. [...] roots of the immigration law in AZ are deep and very very [...]

  3. [...] Kris Kobach, a University of Missouri-Kansas law professor who is seeking to become the next Kansas secretary of state is claiming victory because of the Arizona anti-immigrant law. Kobach is a birther who does legal work for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the legal arm of the Federation of American Immigration Reform, or FAIR.  FAIR was launched and supported by the Pioneer Fund, that says it is based “in the Darwinian-Galtonian evolutionary tradition and eugenics movement.” (h/t Below the Beltway) [...]

  4. Bob says:

    The only racists are those who are interpreting the law as racist. They assume that those who will enforce the law will do so via racism when the law itself says nothing about race. They are racists who assume those who enforce the law are racists. Sorry, you guys are the racists, not everyone who enforces the law will use your racist interpretation of the law.

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