For Immediate Release


Booth Gunter (334) 956-8354
Mark Potok (334) 956-8303
Paco Fabián (202) 412-9969

Southern Poverty Law Center

Release New Report Showing Anti-Immigration Lobby’s Racist Roots

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - On Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will release a report that examines the racist roots of the three organizations most responsible for blocking comprehensive immigration reform. These organizations - the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies and NumbersUSA - are all part of a single network of organizations conceived and founded by the architect of the anti-immigrant movement, John Tanton. Tanton's flagship organization, FAIR, has been designated a hate group by the SPLC, which monitors racial extremism.

The SPLC will be joined by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America's Voice, who will speak to the unprecedented turnout of Latino voters during the 2008 elections, what immigration means to them when voting, and the political implications of pushing the fastest growing electoral block away from the GOP.

WHO: Mark Potok, Director, SPLC's Intelligence Project
Heidi Beirich, Research Director, SPLC's Intelligence Project
Frank Sharry, Executive Director, America's Voice

WHAT: Telephone press conference to discuss a new report - The Nativist Lobby

WHEN: 12 noon ET, Tuesday, Feb. 3

HOW: 1-800-862-9098 PASSWORD -7SPLC

To RSVP for the call please e-mail Paco Fabián -


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