The Decline of the Established Anti-Immigrant Organizations and the Rise of Tea Party Nativism
Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (January 19, 2012)
The report, Beyond FAIR: The Decline of the Established Anti-Immigrant Organizations and the Rise of Tea Party Nativism, by the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) details a new turn by anti-immigrant activists towards the Tea Party movement.
The report is available for you to download at http://www.IREHR.org/images/pdf/BeyondFAIRreport.pdf.
A web version of the report is available online at http://www.irehr.org/issue-areas/tea-party-nationalism/beyond-fair-report, including interactive maps and tables.
New data is made available for the first time on two different trends: a fall in the membership and finances of established organizations and coalitions such as the Minutemen, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, and the Federal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Coalition; and a simultaneous increase in the amount of anti-immigrant activism by Tea Party groups. Existing opinion polling information on the anti-immigrant sentiments of Tea Party supporters is referenced. The 55-page report includes endnotes and an appendix listing more than one hundred local anti-immigrant leaders who have enlisted in or spoken at events of the Tea Parties.
IREHR researchers scoured through audits and IRS filings, FEC reports, anti-immigrant group and Tea Party membership data, field reports, and a plethora of additional data to document these disturbing new developments. The report looks at these trends through a non-partisan lens, as social movements who pose a real and present danger to civil and human rights.
We first noticed this trend at the Tea
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Among the report's findings:
The total gross receipts of ten established nativist organizations fell by 28% from 2008 to 2009.
The membership of the Federation for American Immigration Reform fell by 58% from a high in 2007 to a new low in 2011.
A new organization, the Tea Party Immigration Coalition, is emblematic of the increase in nativist activity by the Tea Parties.
The authors of the report caution readers that the human rights situation for immigrants has not improved. Rather the threat is coming from a new, larger and more diffuse direction.
"Immigrant rights advocates need to
take notice of these new developments," cautioned Melinda
Lewis, a policy consultant for
"This report is a valuable tool for
anyone concerned about both justice for the immigrant
community and the Tea Parties' politics of anger and
resentment," said Travis McAdam, executive director of the
Montana Human Rights Network. "As the debate over
comprehensive immigration reform continues to evolve, this
report provides needed insight into the changing landscape
of the Nativist movement. The information about the national
picture, as well as how these dynamics are playing out at
the state level here in
Hilary Shelton, Director to the NAACP's Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy, thanked the IREHR for the report and added: "This disturbing information serves as a warning that the danger to civil rights comes from multiple and new directions."
The Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) is a national organization with an international outlook examining racist, anti-Semitic, white nationalist, and far-right social movements, analyzing their intersection with civil society and social policy, educating the public, and assisting in the protection and extension of human rights through organization and informed mobilization.
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