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New Organization With Ties to Tanton’s Hate Network Emerges

Stephen Piggott • Nov 15, 2010

On Thursday, November 11, Mark Krikorian, executive director of the anti-immigrant group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), wrote a blog titled, “Paying Illegal Immigrants to Go Home.”

In it Krikorian discusses a group called Coalition to Protect American Workers (CPAW). The group’s goal is to assist undocumented immigrants in returning to their home countries. They do this by seeking “qualified referrals from faith-based organizations to assist immigrant individuals and families unlawfully present in the United States wishing to return home. CPAW provides direct assistance to people to help cut bureaucracy, save costs, and expedite the process to leave America.”

After talking about the organization Krikorian unsurprisingly praised the effort stating, “I’m not sure how many people have taken the group up on its offer, but it seems like a good deal — the illegal immigrants leave our country, taxpayers don’t have to foot the bill, and the illegals themselves avoid the ordeal of arrest and deportation. Everybody wins — except La Raza and its ilk and the crooked businesses they’re in league with.”

Krikorian has other reasons however to support CPAW. One of CPAW’s board members is Henry Buhl. Buhl sits on the board of the hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Both FAIR and CIS were started by white nationalist John Tanton, the godfather of the modern day anti-immigrant movement in the United States.

Henry Buhl is also the leader of the Buhl Foundation. According to financial documents obtained by the Center for New Community, the organization has donated thousands of dollars to FAIR over the past few years. The Buhl Foundation has also funded organizations which have close ties to the John Tanton Network. The Buhl Foundation has funded Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America (now called Alliance for a Sustainable USA). This group is headed by Yeh Ling Ling, a woman who sits on FAIR’s board of advisors. The Buhl Foundation also funded Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS). CAPS is listed on FAIR’s website as a state contact group.

As evidenced above, many xenophobic groups in America are closely connected; there are few ideological differences among them. The groups affiliated with John Tanton share ideas, staff leaders, and research. Mark Krikorian’s promotion of an organization with leadership ties to another group in the Tanton Network is just one example of this.

Coalition to Protect American Workers may sound like a constructive group, but it is impossible to view it as an independent, legitimate organization. Ties to hate must not be overlooked.

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