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Hassan Ahmad @HMAesq
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Want to see what the founder of the nation's anti-immigrant movement was thinking about when he decided to start it?

Ending birthright citizenship.
Building a wall.

Because otherwise, the future would be "undesirable."

Dr. John Tanton, in 1975:
Was Dr. Tanton a white nationalist? White supremacist?

This much we know: his ideas on immigration are certainly espoused by white nationalists.

He was once called the most influential unknown man in America.

He needs to be a lot more famous.
Here's a memo of when Tanton and his colleague Roger Connor met with the commissioner of the then-INS in 1981. Confirmed that his lack of familiarity with immigration was a strength.

White nationalist sympathies have been injected into immigration policy for decades.
This is why we're trying to unseal the #TantonPapers, 11 boxes sealed until 2035. There's something in there Tanton doesn't want America to see.…
Tanton founded @FAIRImmigration and nurtured its offshoots @wwwCISorg, @IRLILaw and @NumbersUSA. Together they've stalled meaningful immigration reform for decades.

They're the reason were *debating* whether it's a good idea to protect Dreamers, which should be a no-brainer.
Kris Kobach is of counsel to @IRLILaw.

Kellyanne Conway used to poll for FAIR.

Steve Bannon's Breitbart news frequently quotes CIS and FAIR.

Former ED of FAIR Julie Kirshner is now the immigration agency ombudsman.

CIS fellow Andrew Arthur regularly testifies before Congress.
These groups apparently have gone to great lengths to distance themselves from Tanton, a man who loves the racist time #CampOfTheSaints so much he acquired the rights to republish it in1994.

Haven't heard of it? It's a Bannon and Miller fave. Oh, and an "alt-right" cult classic.
They'll tell you they're not racist. That they're patriots. They're protecting Americans. They're sacrificing for a cause.

Don't believe them and don't normalize their rhetoric.

Fight back. They are the source. They're why we see families ripped apart, asylees criminalized.
They profit off of bigotry and xenophobia.

They're tickled pink at their luck in having a dim-witted figurehead tweet their white papers into law.

We can keep putting out fires, or learn about where they come from.

Tell @UMich to release the #TantonPapers.
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