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FAIR State Contact Promotes Outlandish Conspiracy Theories

Stephen Piggott • Aug 17, 2010

The hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) lists many anti-immigrant state groups on its website and encourages its members to join these organizations. One such organization is Secure Arkansas, an anti-immigrant organization that has recently caused a stir due to an email sent out to the group’s supporters.

The email was regarding an upcoming election in Saline County involving a tax increase for a proposed $55 million fair complex. Secure Arkansas is vehemently opposed to the project, and in the email it lists a bizarre conspiracy theory as one of the reasons why.

It states, “the Saline County Fairplex is part of an agenda that is bigger than it looks and could threaten personal freedoms and destroy our way of life.”

The email then links the building of the complex to a UN climate change program, and claims that the government is going to allow UN troops on US soil.

This is not the first time Secure Arkansas has made bizarre and false claims. Usually the group’s work focuses on bashing immigrants. Earlier this year, it attempted to get an anti-immigrant initiative on the ballot for the upcoming election in November. The initiative, if passed, would have denied certain public benefits to undocumented immigrants. It failed to get on the ballot because of a lack of signatures.

The ballot did gain the attention of white nationalist James Edwards, however, who promoted it on his blog, stating,

In Arkansas there is one organization that is staffed with ONLY VOLUNTEERS, giving speeches, sometimes 2 or 3 per day, fighting for recognition of the 10th Amendment, monitoring legislative sessions, implementing statewide initiatives, i.e. illegal immigration, healthcare, to be put on the November ballot which I heartedly recommend. If you want to make a contribution please make it out to Secure Arkansas. You will be proud you did.”

Edwards sits on the board of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization which has called African Americans “a retrograde species of humanity.”

Secure Arkansas isn’t the only one. Many of the local groups connected to FAIR have additional ties to extremism. Many of the state groups listed on FAIR’s website, like the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society, sadly continue to enjoy mainstream media coverage despite their extreme views.

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