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Faux Environmental Group Hosts Discussion on Immigration


MJ Olahafa • Aug 25, 2010

Anti-immigrant group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) is hosting an event today, August 25 called, ‘Where have all the orange trees gone? A discussion on Population, Biodiversity and Immigration,’ that will feature special guest Michael Tobias. According to CAPS’ newsletter, American Bigfoot, Dr. Tobias is also the newest addition to its advisory board.

This may sound like a good occasion to get versed on the immigration issue, but it’s quite the opposite.

CAPS is listed as a state contact on Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) website, where it is misleadingly described as “an environmental activist organization that views immigration control as a key element of population stabilization.”

FAIR is a hate group founded by white nationalist John Tanton. Tanton has a history of advocating for racial eugenics, the pseudoscientific study of racial supremacy.

CAPS has additional ties to white supremacy that are undeniable. Its media director, Rick Oltman, was identified in a Council of Conservative Citizens’ (CofCC) newsletter as a member. The organization is a descendant of the old White Citizens Council. CofCC’s statement of principles reads:

“We therefore oppose the massive immigration of non-European and non-Western peoples into the United States that threatens to transform our nation into a non-European majority in our lifetime […] We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called “affirmative action” and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races.”

Oltman also shared a stage with Virginia Abernethy, a self-described white separatist, at a Council of Conservative Citizens conference. He was at the time the Western Regional Coordinator for FAIR, and in 2004 he received a Person of the Year Award from American Patrol, another anti-immigrant hate group. The award was for his work passing Proposition 200, a highly controversial anti-immigrant law in Arizona.

Rick Oltman’s name appears regularly on the white nationalist website VDARE.com, named for Virginia Dare, allegedly the first white child born in the U.S. colonies.

This event on environment, population and immigration is the new frontier for folks like Oltman and anti-immigrant groups such as CAPS.

Many leaders with ties to white nationalism, after successfully embedding themselves in the immigration issue, are now infiltrating the environmental movement. Their goal is to link immigrants to every environmental issue, from everyday litter to natural and man-made disasters. CAPS is positioning itself as an “environmental” group whose purpose is to stop immigration into the U.S.

Hiding anti-immigrant views in environmental concerns isn’t new for the leadership at CAPS. Ben Zuckerman, Vice President of CAPS’ board and Richard Lamm, a board adviser, attempted  a hostile takeover of the Sierra Club’s board in 2004 and failed. The takeover attempt was one of repeated attempts of anti-immigration ideologues to redirect the Sierra Club to match their own agenda.

The overlaps between the anti-immigrant movement and white nationalism are numerous, and the public should always be mindful of this is any discussion on immigration or the environment.

Discussions are necessary and welcome, but not when white nationalists are sitting at the table.

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