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Strange Bedfellows for Conservatives


As conservatives debate what to do about immigration reform in the wake of the GOP's disastrous showing among Hispanic voters in the 2012 presidential election, they might consider that the groups they've allied themselves with to date are strange bedfellows.

I've been writing for years about the odd history of anti-immigration groups — and they are anti-immigration, not just anti-illegal immigration. Groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the Center for Immigration Studies, NumbersUSA, and others have little in common with conservatives. Now, a new and comprehensive analysis of these organizations details why conservatives should be uncomfortable with the company they keep.

Author Mario Lopez, writing in the fall issue of Human Life Review, traces the modern anti-immigration groups back to their roots in the population control movement, and their predecessors' ties to the eugenics movement of the early 20th century. While some of this evidence has been known and documented before, Lopez does a much more thorough job than any previous attempt to lay out the facts, interconnections and questionable background of FAIR, CIS, NumbersUSA and their affiliated groups.

What Lopez shows in his article, "Hijacking Immigration," should be disturbing to conservatives. He demonstrates that what motivates these groups primarily is their obsession with controlling population. In essence, they want to restrict immigration in order to keep population size down in the U.S., eventually decreasing it to between 150,000,000 and 200,000,000.

The organizers of these groups and some of their current backers are pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia and assisted suicide, and have spoken approvingly of China's one child policy (even though some of them think it is too liberal). In their view, there are simply too many people in the U.S. (and the world) and they'd like fewer of them — a lot fewer. They hit on restricting immigration as the first line of attack in their war on population, but there is no indication they want to stop there.

As Lopez is quick to point out, population growth is not the enemy — indeed it is the source of human innovation and prosperity.

These neo-Malthusian groups have been proven wrong again and again by history. The growth in the human population has been accompanied by an even greater growth in wealth and a better standard of living for all the world's populations. The price of commodities, which the neo-Malthusians warned would become scarcer, has actually declined in real dollars, which suggests human ingenuity trumps scarcity.

But what should be most troubling to anti-abortion conservatives is the close association between FAIR and the pro-abortion movement. Lopez notes that several members of FAIR's staff, board, advisors and donors are closely tied to abortion rights. FAIR, CIS, and NumbersUSA were creations of one man, John Tanton, and his umbrella organization, U.S. Inc., which raised funds for and directed the work of these groups in their initial stages. "Three of the five directors of U.S. Inc. — chairman John Tanton, vice-chair Mary Lou Tanton and director David Irish — are openly committed to population control through abortion, family planning and curtailing immigration," writes Lopez.

But they are not alone. Lopez shows interconnections between the anti-immigration leaders and the National Abortion Rights Action League, Planned Parenthood, Pathfinder International, a provider of abortions and sterilizations worldwide, and the International Projects Assistance Service, which is the manufacturer of the Manual Vacuum Aspiration Kit (MVA), a mobile abortion device used in the developing world. And there are past and present connection between those involved in these anti-immigration groups and the eugenics movement. Long-time FAIR board member Garrett Hardin was also a member of the American Eugenics Society, and FAIR has received more than a million dollars in grants from the eugenicist organization The Pioneer Fund.

Lopez asks why pro-life groups and leaders have joined with FAIR, CIS and NumbersUSA to promote the latters' anti-immigration, anti-population agenda. It is a good question — one that GOP members of congress should ask themselves the next time they invite these groups to present the case against comprehensive immigration reform at hearings.

Linda Chavez is the author of "An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal." To find out more about Linda Chavez, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Ma'am;... People pick up their morals like their church's from their mothers primarily, and fathers...And the people confuse the two, and, my opinion, often follow their churches into immorality...
The economy is based upon immorality... We would think it stange and perhaps evil for a father to profit on his children, or on his wife... It is not thought strange for a stranger to profit on us or on another when that means literally, one gain on the loss of another...
Business, a job, employment are forms of relationship, and on paper, in theory; both sides are supposed to benefit...In all relationships, even marriages, equality is not possible even when it is desired...The relationship of employee to employer is like that of slave to master, except one could take for granted that if the master were to work his slave to death, he would only do so for profit enough to replace him...
What does it take to replace a Mexican with a Mexican if you have worked one to death, or to the point of unprofitability??? What does it take to replace an American with an American if doing so will help the bottom line??? Free people are cheap where slaves were once dear...And people are worked to death in this country and into illness, and even to the point of suicide...
The relationship of the employee with employer is so unequal that the employee cannot count on his job, or on recieving enough from it to support or reproduce himself... What does the church say about this relationship since they believe all are equal in the sight of God???... Isn't that why Nietzsche hated St. Paul; because he put forth the equality of mankind as only the Roman Law of Nations, the basis of natural law- did for the nations comprising the Roman Empire???...
What our religions say, our economy denies... What the old testament prophets maintained the desire for profits denies, and the churches consent, even in the face of proof that poverty leads to immorality...
Ma'am;.. There was a time when we might have exported revolution all over the world and had the best of defense for our own... In relation to only one country: Mexico, we can see well how we supported tyranny and exploitation, and resisted revolution... And while the power of the Catholic Church was limited, the power of Christianity was not, and those people still are true to their culture, and in the face of poverty produce children as defense against the threat of complete annhilation...
Changing behavior is hard, but we have to begin with our own...And we see how easy it is...It is easier to change the climate of the entire world than to change human behavior... Of course, it is very difficult to do anything against resistence, and some people, those immoral profiteers supported by their churches see only this life, their lives, and their profit... The churches immorality easy to support because they profit on the misery of mankind while supposing the forgiveness of God will throw open the gates of heaven to them... The people believe as they are taught, that the pain and want of this time and this world means nothing and only the life beyond life counts for anything... In this great commerce and trade that make one person rich and another miserable, the people are given a solid gold promise of eternal life to make up for their stolen lives, and short paychecks..
Ma'am,... If church leaders had one part of morality in them, they would ask their flocks to be not sheep, but men, and stand up for themselves... Even the best of people in the clutches of religion, though they be moral, are led astray... There is no promise that is worth the destruction of our planet, and the waste of all our resources... It is fine if you have no tomorrow, and if for you, nothing really matters... Get in bed with all those who believe only life after death matters, that life on earth is meaningless, and only eternal life beyond the specter of death- has value...
Nihilism does make strange bedfellows, n'est pas???...But the nihilism preached by the rich and their flunkies in church is not complete... So long as money means more than mankind they will trade all of humanity for a penny...The true spiritual being, and the meaning of life is so much trash to them...So what if on one side stands one who will abuse some one into an abortion, and on the other side stands one who will abuse them for having an abortion so long as the abuse is relentless, and complete...
One must wonder why good people put up with it... It is so rare to find good people without their shade of hypocracy...I must confess that my strain runs deep and red... The discounting of a life beyond for meaning in this life demands some virtue and honor of me that only my pride permits, but it also makes me cautious of others, and all I associate with... Who am I to demand Justice??? Justice might well destroy us all; and no doubt would, if there were a God...Perhaps these church men and capitalists are simply the vehicles of human destruction sent by an offended God... In that case, I am sure it is just fine...
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