The debate about U.S. immigration policy is often a difficult and emotional one, but one that needs to take place nevertheless. Unfortunately, there are those who attempt to tamp down this discussion by resorting to name-calling and demagoguery.
In their recent letter to the editor headlined “Hate has no home here,” Deborah Carter and Mari Lee of the Frederick County Democratic Central Committee attempt to tarnish both me and my organization, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, with baseless allegations sourced from the widely discredited and overly politicized Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Had Ms. Carter and Ms. Lee done an ounce of their own research, they would have seen that the SPLC recently sacked its entire leadership structure due of charges of institutional racism and sexism and that it has a well-documented history of attempting to use labels to silence those it opposes politically.
For the record, FAIR is a national, nonprofit and nonpartisan charity organization that has been working for 40 years to improve border security, stop illegal immigration and advocate immigration selection and levels consistent with the national interest.
My organization is as mainstream of an organization as there is, testifying before Congress more than 100 times while regularly providing research and commentary to Congress, major media publications, and the American public. Today, FAIR boasts more than 2 million supporters from all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Immigration is a top policy issue with voters, and it merits a thorough discussion. Attempting to silence the message by unfairly defaming the messenger is not only unfair to me and my organization, but also to your readers and the people of Frederick, among whom we count many FAIR members and supporters.
President, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)