June 17, 2004


Borderline Republicans: The internal GOP battle over immigration gets ugly. (Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2004)

For the most part, President Bush's calls for immigration reform seem to have fallen on deaf Congressional ears. And one of the main reasons is the anti-immigrant groups on the political left that have been making inroads with Republicans. It behooves GOP restrictionists to better understand their new bedfellows.

The cool reaction to Mr. Bush's guest-worker proposals is the most prominent example of party division on immigration. But it's not the only example. The phenomenon has also manifested itself in a number of House and Senate GOP primary races, where some Republicans have teamed up with radical greens and zero-population-growth-niks to intimidate and defeat other Republicans willing to defend immigration. [...]

Groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Numbers-USA, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), ProjectUSA and the Coalition for the Future American Worker (CFAW) continue to use direct mail, television, radio and other media to target pro-immigration lawmakers throughout the country. [...]

Extra special attention is being paid to a GOP House primary in Utah, where incumbent Chris Cannon is facing a June 22 runoff against Matt Throckmorton. Mr. Cannon, now serving his fourth term, hasn't had a primary challenger since 1998. This one comes courtesy of deep-pocketed restrictionists campaigning on behalf of his opponent, who is running hard on xenophobia. CFAW and ProjectUSA have used billboards in Mr. Cannon's district to denounce him as a supporter of blanket amnesty for illegals.

Mr. Cannon tops the restrictionists' target list because he's been one of the few politicians in either party to expose the extreme nature of their underlying agendas, which has less to do with immigration per se and more to do with environmental extremism and population-growth concerns influenced by the discredited claims of the 19th-century British economist Thomas Malthus.

[C]IS, FAIR, NumbersUSA, Project-USA and more than a half-dozen similar groups that Republicans have become disturbingly comfy with, were founded or funded (or both) by John Tanton, a retired doctor in Michigan. In addition to trying to stop immigration to the U.S., appropriate population-control measures for Dr. Tanton and his network include promoting China's one-child policy, sterilizing Third World women and wider use of RU-486.

FAIR, where Mr. Krikorian once worked, is run by Dan Stein and shares advisers and personnel with CIS and other members of the Tanton nexus. As our Jason Riley noted in a March op-ed, "By Dr. Tanton's own reckoning, FAIR has received more than $1.5 million from the Pioneer Fund, a white-supremacist outfit devoted to racial purity through eugenics." [...]

Representative John Hostettler of Indiana, one of the most pro-life Republicans in Washington, chairs the immigration subcommittee that featured representatives of CIS and NumbersUSA as the Republican witnesses. The third GOP witness at the hearing, if you can believe it, was Frank Morris, who at the time was running for a seat on the Sierra Club board and actively campaigning for the defeat of President Bush. Apparently, unless you're a certified Malthusian, dedicated restrictionist or someone who knows next to nothing about economics, the Republican Congress isn't interested in what you have to say about immigration reform.

You'd think that gathering the anti-human evil of the nativists, eugenicists, deep environmentalists and zero-population types in one place would actually turn the space-time continuum inside out and destroy the Universe, or at least result in a Beer Hall putsch.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2004 4:35 PM

I've referred to their alliance as the convergence of the death cults. I've been hoping the similarities would occur to others as well.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at June 17, 2004 5:29 PM

If those who desire more restrictive immigration policies are evil, anti-human nativists, then an overwhelming majority of Americans are evil, anti-human nativists.


Posted by: Carter at June 17, 2004 11:27 PM

Michelle Malkin, anti-human.

Posted by: Paul Cella at June 18, 2004 7:23 AM

Ms Malkin's allies wouldn't let her marry they're sons and would do anything in their power to stop her from having her own sons.

Posted by: oj at June 18, 2004 9:22 AM

And our allies in World War II included perhaps the bloodiest tyrant the world has ever known. Yet that does not change the justice of our cause.

Posted by: Paul Cella at June 18, 2004 10:03 AM


Go shout that in the Katyn woods and see what the ghosts answer.

Posted by: oj at June 18, 2004 10:24 AM


I knew you believed in witches and Colgate football, but ghosts?


Posted by: jefferson park at June 18, 2004 11:14 AM


Ever read Wittaker Chambers's Ghosts on the Roof?

Posted by: oj at June 18, 2004 1:09 PM

No, Muses scare me.

Posted by: jefferson park at June 18, 2004 1:57 PM

Go shout that in the Katyn woods and see what the ghosts answer.

I am driven to silence by so fine a reply. Well said.

Posted by: Paul Cella at June 18, 2004 2:10 PM

Shut up, orrin.

Posted by: David at June 18, 2004 8:23 PM