Two well-known anti-immigrant scholars hired by the Trump administration have been linked to two separate organizations labeled as hate groups.
According to Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan, John Feere, former legal policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies, (CIS), was just hired as an adviser to Thomas D. Homan, who is acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Julie Kirchner, former executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), is now an adviser to Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.
CIS and FAIR are groups that have been labeled by the Southern Poverty Law center (SPLC) — a nonprofit civil rights organization — as hate groups on the grounds of their radical views on undocumented immigrants.
In articles published by CIS, undocumented immigrants from Central America are labeled as “Third World Gold-Diggers” who are blamed for a “burgeoning street gang problem” in the U.S.
Both organizations were founded by John Tanton, an ophthalmologist who supports the theory of eugenics, prescribing the eradication of “undesired” groups of people through selective breeding. In Tanton’s writings, he spoke about maintaining American culture by establishing a European-American majority and warns of a “Latin Onslaught” referring to a future increase in immigrants heading to the United States, according to the SPLC. In the past, Trump has made statements endorsing eugenics.
Kirchner has worked alongside Tanton at FAIR since 2005, until she joined the Trump administration as an immigration adviser. Feere is a strong critic of former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that grants protection to young immigrants (also known as “dreamers”) who are brought to the country as children. Feere is quoted often in publications for VDare.com, which is a white nationalist website.
The appointment of Kirchner and Feere to advisory roles have immigrants’ rights advocates concerned about the influence right-wing extremist groups have in the Trump administration.
Since taking office, Donald Trump’s immigration policies have corresponded to details found in a list published by the CIS called “79 immigration actions that the next president can take”. The list entails measures such as withholding federal funds from sanctuary cities, eliminating the ” Priority Enforcement Program”, and reducing the number of immigrants on earned-income subsidies living in the United States.
The Trump administration has already proposed, enacted, or debated on most of the recommendations on the list, including some that were apart of Trump’s executive order on immigration.
Steven E. Johnson is a Mississippi-based author who covers racial justice and political issues for the Resistance Report. You can contact him at stevejlive at gmail dot com.