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Jean Raspail was the author of #CampOfTheSaints, a virulently racist hate novel that's achieved cult classic status among white nationalists. A favorite of Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, the novel portrays the death of Western civilization by refugees.

chroniclesmagazine.org/blog/in-memori…
John Tanton, founder of today's anti-immigrant movement, whose organizations have infiltrated deep into the Trump administration, loved the novel so much he acquired the rights to republish it in 1994.

My review:

typhoonical.com/home/campsaints
The influence of the novel cannot be overstated. If you're wondering where the WN movement gets its inspiration to formulate the horrific policies we've seen rolled out, look inside the minds of racists like Jean Raspail. Stephen Miller did:

npr.org/2019/11/19/780…
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#DACA survives. Here's what everyone needs to know. (Thread)

THE OPINION

The revocation of DACA was unlawful. But to be clear: this was *not* a decision upholding the constitutionality of DACA. And that underscores the 1st takeaway: Celebrate, but this is NOT over.
What was illegal about it? Bluntly: they screwed up. Trump, Miller, then-Secy Elaine Duke, then-AG Jeff Sessions, and later then-Secy Nielsen all thought they could simply cancel DACA and not have to show their math. The Supreme Court did not let them get away with it.
If a government agency puts forth a rule, it has to show its math.

Imagine a rule that all cars have to have either airbags or automatic seat belts as a secondary form of safety. Then the agency, showing its math, decides that automatic seat belts (remember those?) don't work.
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This morning, the Michigan Supreme Court agreed to accept the @Umich appeal in my lawsuit against them to unseal the #TantonPapers.

On we go in the fight for transparency!
John Tanton was the mastermind behind the modern anti-immigrant movement. (If you haven't heard of him - that's exactly the what he wanted.)

His groups, the #TantonNetwork, are deeply embedded within the Trump administration.

plotagainstimmigrants.com/network/
Tanton was a white nationalist. And a eugenicist (believing white people were genetically superior to blacks and Latinos.) He started these movements to push his agenda.

If Trump is Stephen Miller's puppet, then Miller is Tanton's puppet.

washingtonpost.com/local/obituari…
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Julie Kirchner heads white nationalist group FAIR for nearly 10 years.

Trump is elected.

FAIR feeds its people into the admin, including Kirchner.
Kirchner loses her job.

So they CREATE a new position for her. Overseeing DETAINED IMMIGRANTS.

buzzfeednews.com/article/hameda…
Julie Kirchner:

* Advocated slashing all immigration
* Wants to end birthright citizenship
* Welcomed known racists to events
* Likened immigration to "human sprawl."

Now she'll be overseeing complaints about the civil rights of immigrant detainees.

plotagainstimmigrants.com/network/#julie…
She's part of the Tanton Network.

This is why I sued to unseal the #TantonPapers. John Tanton, the founder of Kirchner's FAIR, believed white people are genetically superior. He embraced white nationalism, and his network carries his legacy.

thedailybeast.com/the-dark-legac…
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The state of the immigration courts in which we practice affect hundreds of thousands. And they've been politicized and manipulated by the likes of Stephen Miller.

So I submitted written testimony for a hearing to be held by @HouseJudiciary tomorrow. Wanted to share it.
The crisis isn't the backlog of 1 million cases.

It's the LACK OF DUE PROCESS. Take it from someone in the trenches.

It's not a court of law when judges have to meet quotas to keep their jobs. When ICE attorneys show up without a file and nothing happens to them.
The right to tell one's story is sacrosanct. Throwing people into squalor, barring them from entering, holding court in a tent - all make a mockery of due process.

Do you hear that, "Party of Law and Order?"

JUSTICE IS NOT DISPENSED BY QUOTA.
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White nationalists mourn the passing of their godfather, architect of the anti-immigrant movement, the guy who might as well have told Stephen Miller how to make America white again.

I've been fighting to unseal the #TantonPapers for 3 years. What don't they want us to see?
But there is some good news. Because Tanton died in July - the quarterly hate rag he launched called "The Social Contract" comes to an end.

That's one less white nationalist mouthpiece out there. Of course, one could argue it accomplished its purpose.
That being the creation of anti-immigrant language that Tanton Network people could use to push policies like the #MuslimBan, ramped up #ICERaids, criminalization of immigrants, #MPP, and the rest of the Hate Torrent spewing out of the White House.

Tanton Network infested it.
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I have deep ties to Michigan.
I also have a FOIA lawsuit pending against @UMich to unseal the #TantonPapers.

U of M wanted nearly $6400 to go through 11 boxes, and another $6400 after they were done. They also wanted 18 months to do it.

freep.com/story/news/loc…
That's why this bill is so important.

Michigan can't be a "basement dweller" when it comes to transparency.

I've been fighting to unseal the #TantonPapers, which will shed light on the origins of the anti-immigrant movement that's infected the current White House, for 3 years.
It's time to overhaul Michigan's FOIA laws.

And prevent the state from being able to contract around transparency by entering into mysterious secret agreements with shady individuals.

#SunlightDisinfects
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#BREAKING @splcenter drops another bombshell report on Stephen Miller and his *extensive* connections with white nationalist hate group @CIS_org.

Why is this so important? Of course Stephen Miller is a white nationalist, right?

splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019…
Ramped up #ICERaids.
#TPS loss.
#DACA revocation.
#RemainInMexico protocols.
The #MuslimBan
#PublicCharge.

Miller is often credited as architect of 45's immigration policies, but these policies didn't just appear in his mind overnight. He had lots of help, going back a long way.
The Center for Immigration Studies was founded by white nationalist/eugenicist John Tanton. If you follow me, you know I've been seeking to unseal the private #TantonPapers for 3 years.

freep.com/story/news/loc…
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.@BernieSanders' immigration plan is good.

It's really, really good.

Ultimately, it goes where @ewarren's plan doesn't: by respecting immigration as a labor, climate change, and foreign policy issue - and wresting it away from criminality.

berniesanders.com/en/issues/welc…
I'm a practicing immigration lawyer. Both the Sanders and Warren plans would overhaul the practice of immigration law, and in an objectively good way.

The Warren plan:

medium.com/@teamwarren/a-…
Getting rid of the 3/10 year bars alone (which both candidates commit to) would singularly change the advice I give to the majority of my clients. Restructuring (abolishing) ICE would, too. As would creating Article I immigration courts. There's a lot to love in both plans.
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EVERYONE needs to see this.

A wire map of white supremacy in the Trump administration on immigration.

Check out the link here:

plotagainstimmigrants.com/network/
If you've ever wondered, "Where do all these horrible policies come from?" like #KidsInCages, #MuslimBan, ramped up #ICERaids, #DACA revocation, etc - you might think the evil mind of Stephen Miller.

But Miller's no immigration guru. He's had a LOT of help.
Hover over the names. Read about the connections and you'll see: we're not fighting Trump or Miller.

We're fighting a *movement.* A defined, purposeful movement that thrives on a diet of white nationalism, deplorables, and bigotry.

And we're about 40 years behind them.
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Very important news.

The @colcomfdn is THE money behind the entire anti-immigrant movement. No one has given more to these white nationalists. No one.

Without Colcom, there would be no anti-immigrant movement to speak of.
@colcomfdn The bombshell @NYTimes report from 8/14 traced the dark ideology of Colcom's founder, Cordelia Scaife May, who bankrolled the efforts of white nationalist John Tanton (whose papers I am suing to unseal) in the late 1970's.

Many of Colcom's grantees are part of the #TantonNetwork of hate groups.

Colcom funds hate, and Tiedemann Advisors did the right thing by dropping them.

colcomfdn.org/major-grants/
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Y'all, this is a BFD.

The website in question is @vdare run by white supremacist @peterbrimelow.

WHITE NATIONALISM IS IN A DEPT OF JUSTICE AM BRIEFING.

Today, they goofed and it slipped out. But these are the groups informing our policy affecting MILLIONS of people of color.
The hate networks of John Tanton, who died in July, have infiltrated the Trump administration, where they've injected their sick and twisted ideologies which metastasize into things like caging brown kids for profit.

Tanton was good buddies with Vdare's Brimelow. (Shocker.)
Sound familiar? Family unification ? Chain migration? Attacking asylum?

Brimelow and Tanton were discussing this in 1995.

Check out what Tanton was thinking about 20 years before that: ending #BirthrightCitizenship
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#WhiteNationalism has become brazen and open in this administration.

But it persists with the people behind the scenes, building a wall more effective than any physical one, clothing racism not in a white Klan robe but in a black judicial one.

I'm calling for a hearing.
To people like me who punish themselves by reading the writings of racists and white nationalists, it's a very familiar refrain.

Invasion
Illegal
Criminals
Aliens
Losing our identity
Them

Why else would cult classics like #CampoftheSaints still enjoy popularity?
It lays out the racial fear raw and unvarnished. Great to rally people to your cause, and maybe get them to light Tiki torches or shoot up a Wal-Mart on the border.

But it doesn't make true exclusionary policy.
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The expansion of #ExpeditedRemoval is a game changer.

Deportation without a hearing has been part of the law for a long time, but now, it essentially turns the entire United States into a border.

#DueProcess of law is dying a horrid death.
First: expedited removal, or ER, applied to noncitizens caught within 100 miles of the border who couldn't prove they'd been in the US for 2 weeks.

Under expanded ER, it's the whole US, and for anyone who can't prove they've been here for 2 *years*.

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If you're in ER, the ONLY way out is to claim asylum and be scheduled for a "credible fear interview," or CFI. Even those have become harder of late. Otherwise, *you just get deported.*

Add to that the family separation, and you can see: THIS IS A NIGHTMARE SCENARIO.
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Our lawyer @olcplc Philip Ellison talks to @detroitnews
about our court win bringing us closer to unsealing the #TantonPapers.

These papers shine a light on the ideological underpinnings of the anti-immigrant movement, currently in the White House ear.

google.com/amp/s/amp.detr…
This weekend we may see massive coordinated #ICEraids and yes, we have to #ProtectEachOther from rogue #immigration enforcement.

It's a fire, and has to be put out, but where is the flamethrower?

The organizations that embraced white nationalism as immigration policy.
It's time to reign them in. We've tried it their way for years.

And we ended up jailing babies.

Enough. Move over. You're not driving this country anymore.

Not interested in debate or conversation. You ruined America's welcoming beacon.

You jail babies.
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The threat of mass deportations.

These are the policies I'm seeking to uncover with my lawsuit against the University of Michigan to unseal the #TantonPapers.

I'm quoted here talking about the offensive use of chaos to scare entire communities.

washingtonpost.com/immigration/wi…
Easier to do when you dehumanize. That's what Tanton wanted for non-white people.

What I wouldn't give to see his communications with groups like the Pioneer Fund, which bankrolled eugenics research. And to see the people he courted and communicated with.
And draw lines to current administration players like Stephen Miller, Kris Kobach, Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon, and Kellyanne Conway.

Every single immigration policy adopted by this administration has disproportionately or exclusively harmed people of color.

Without exception.
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I sued @UMich to unseal the papers of John Tanton, the racist architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement.

We can't wait until 2035 to understand how our immigration policy is informed by white nationalists.

Today, the Court ruled in our favor:

hmalegal.com/uploads/3/7/9/…
The groups he created are the ones most directly responsible for the humanitarian catastrophe that is our immigration system. Tanton donated his papers to U of M, but sealed half of them until 2035. I sued to unseal them.

hmalegal.com/blawg/tantonfo…
The #TantonPapers shine a light on the conceptual underpinnings of the policies that rip families apart, jail children, and create a permanent underclass. The lower court dismissed my claim, saying the papers were not public records and hence immune from disclosure.

I appealed.
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Oh, I'm disappointed, @RoyBeck_NUSA. Last year you sent me a bag of gumballs to chew on and told me it was "always" good to stay in the conversation.

Well, not always! @NumbersUSA blocked me.

Don't like people knowing a little about your white nationalist origins?
This is why we're suing to unseal the #TantonPapers.

Your ideological father was a white nationalist.

White nationalism is in your DNA. You thrive and feed off of it. White nationalists love what you still for.

thedailybeast.com/why-is-univers…
You claim to be pro-immigrant, but you lie. Lying is ok to you, of course, because you're doing it for America's "survival" from the "perils" of what you call "mass" immigration.

You rouse your membership to light up the switchboards on the Hill.

How? Bigotry works real well!
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I have no excuse not to advocate. So as the season's first snow fell, my friend and patient advocate Peter @morethanmySLE and I hit the halls of the US Senate.

Peter suffers from chronic illnesses. The #ACA saved his life, so now he takes peoples' stories to their senators.
There is a rule being proposed called the "public charge rule." It vastly expands the types of public benefits that an immigrant seeking a green card is barred from - to the point that it becomes a public health issue.

Here's the rule - all 400+ pages:

federalregister.gov/documents/2018…
Because an immigrant mother with a breast pump paid for by WIC for her US citizen baby will fear that our government will deport her. So, her baby suffers.

This rule will be particularly harsh on pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children.

cbpp.org/research/pover…
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Emperor Trump thinks he can end #birthrightcitizenship by executive order.

Short answer: No.
Long answer: No, no, no.

This is such a ridiculous proposal that it's not worth spilling ink explaining. But there are dangers here.
1. American citizenship is being devalued. If it can be revoked or reinterpreted by mere executive order, it's less valuable than a Costco membership.

Remember: the admin has denied passports to (mostly) Latinos born in the US but near the border.

And there is now a denaturalization task force to revoke citizenship of certain naturalized citizens. Certainly, these attacks on US citizens are part of the administration's relentless attacks on all Americans, aspiring or otherwise.

vox.com/2018/7/18/1756…
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Well this is curious. Apparently @FAIRImmigration believes I am a paid operative of "state-owned propaganda outlet" @ajplus to meddle in 2018 midterm elections.

Why? For this video I did calling FAIR out as driven by white nationalism:

I'm paid? News to my wallet; I thought I was just doing a public service.

Here's FAIR's press release:

prnewswire.com/news-releases/…
They accuse me of "spreading malicious disinformation in what is a clear attempt to influence the upcoming midterm election." I'm flattered they think so highly of me.

Entirely different, of course, from FAIR's statements influencing lawmakers here:

fairus.org/press-releases…
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On a day the Trump White House celebrates #HispanicHeritageMonth SoS @SecPompeo announces Trump will cap refugee admissions at 30,000.

That's the lowest it's ever been. Why?

nytimes.com/2018/09/17/us/…
Because of too many asylum seekers from south of the border. But, Pompeo reminds us, this has nothing to do with how we feel about welcoming refugees. It's just about public expense.

Hot off the press #Trumpaganda from the Ministry of Truth.
(To clarify: a refugee is one who obtains that status outside the US and is then allowed to enter. An asylum seeker comes into the US through other means, and obtains refugee status if they win their claim. The cap is on refugees resettling here, not on asylum seekers.)
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John Tanton, the founder of the nation's largest anti-immigrant organizations currently informing immigration policy, believed Asian men have small penises.

(this is why I'm suing to unseal the #TantonPapers)

Read his own words:
To recap: This is a man who was obsessed with ideas about racial purity and eugenics. His ideas informed his views on immigration. Those organizations are currently in the White House's ear.

This is a problem.

splinternews.com/the-eugenicist…
So who was he writing to to find out about the use of male aphrodisiacs?
The letter is addressed to a shadowy figure named Harry Weyher, Jr.

He was a lawyer (and fellow @UNC alum..) but more notably, served as President of the Pioneer Fund from 1958 until his death in 2002.
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White nationalist Stephen Miller has been busy executing plans to attack immigrants in lawful status.

This news, that more aspiring Americans will be deemed "public charge" and ineligible for citizenship, is making the rounds today.

Some thoughts:

nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna8…
First, these aren't new ideas. The Center for Immigration Studies is an anti-immigrant hate group born in white nationalism.

In 2016 they published a wishlist of 79 things a president could do to limit immigration.

Look at #60:

cis.org/Report/Pen-and…
Second, consular officers overseas are already newly empowered to deny visas based on possibility of public charge even when there is a sufficient affidavit of support guaranteeing the US government repayment.

This will extend the policy stateside.
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