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CAPS’s Guzzardi: Haitians Fertility Rates Should Be More “European”

Rebecca Poswolsky • Jan 24, 2012

Photo: Bread for the World's Flickr page

Rather unsurprisingly Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) have posted a blog that suggests Haitians should stop having children. Joe Guzzardi, CAPS senior writing fellow, wrote the clunkily titled blog, “Decades-Long Failed U.S.-Haiti Immigration Policy Continues.” In it he goes so far as to recommend that “Haitians’ goal should be to bring their fertility down.”

This is not the first time that anti-immigrant groups have commented on Haiti. After the devastating earthquake that ravaged the island, Mark Krikorian, director of Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), pathetically mused that “Haiti’s so screwed up because it wasn’t colonized long enough.”

Joe Guzzardi, for his part, is a writer for and the former editor of the white nationalist website VDARE.com. VDARE is named for Virginia Dare, allegedly the first white child born in the United States. Guzzardi is also a board member for FAIR.  The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is part of the John Tanton Network. White nationalist John Tanton founded FAIR and CIS on the way to forming an a broad specturm of organizations consisting of lobbyists, lawyers, legislators, and “experts” that have sought to permeate nearly all reaches of social and political debate in this country.

Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) is that state’s banner anti-immigrant organization, and is listed on the FAIR’s website as one of its many state contact groups. CAPS, like FAIR, has received funding from the Pioneer Fund, a foundation that has a long history of promoting the genetic superiority of white, European-Americans via the study of eugenics.

Guzzardi’s background and interest in “failed immigration policy” is clear. His blog is not about sounding a legitimate and/or compassionate environmental voice (like CAPS pretends so often). Guzzardi and his colleagues are promoting bigoted and distorted ideas of US population stabilization in order to link it to immigration policy debates. Such hostility towards immigrants under the banner of “family planning,” as Guzzardi suggests in his article, are based in racism. Period.

As Guzzardi writes:

“Haitians’ goal should be to bring their fertility down to European below-replacement rates for at least two generations to allow the nation to fully recover. At that point and with any luck, many fewer will want to leave Haiti.”

Center for New Community has written on neo-Malthusians like Guzzardi before. The Apply the Brakes Report on the anti-immigrant movement’s attempted appropriation of the environmental movement details this history:

“Specifically, anti-immigrant activists belonging to the neo-Malthusian tradition claim that populations are constrained by the carrying capacity of the environment, and that population growth causes environmental degradation.”

We should reject CAPS and their many forms of codified bigotry along with the arguments of the broader anti-immigrant movement that also seek to perpetuate such myths. We should not over-emphasize the population “numbers game,” as we should be committed to taking a stand against all those who stand to profit from such biases.

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