Origins of Hate
The three most commonly cited anti-immigrant hate groups are the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA. They engage in media advocacy, research, and lobbying. All three organizations were founded by John Tanton, a retired Michigan ophthalmologist who also founded the pro-eugenics organization Society for Genetic Education.
Often under the guise of supporting environmental conservation efforts, the groups have become successful fundraisers, and communicators of their anti-immigrant message. In 2018, all three organizations’ combined assets totaled over $25 million. While these organization may engage in respectable public demonstrations, such as press conferences and ad campaigns, their agendas remain rooted in segregation, eugenics, and racial discrimination. FAIR even received over $1.2 million from The Pioneer Fund, an organization that also funded eugenics research, and the works of white supremacist and segregationist Jared Taylor.
In his own words:
“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.” (1993)
— John Tanton, founder of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA