Soccer Fans Give Red Card to Tanton Network

October 2, 2009 by Guest Blogger · Comment
Filed under: Immigration, Sports 

By Tom Dunmore - Editor of Pitch Invasion and Vice Chair, Section 8, Chicago

To be anti-immigrant and to still be a fan of soccer, the game that has depended on open borders worldwide, is a contradiction in itself. A recent article by David Seminara of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), “Why Is the U.S. National Soccer Team So ‘American?”, immediately set-off an alert: after all, CIS was created as a project of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an anti-immigration organization that promotes near-zero levels of immigration.

Seminara asks “why aren’t immigrants making a bigger impact playing soccer for the Stars and Stripes?”, citing the low numbers of current U.S. men’s national team players born outside American borders. Yet, this analysis ignores the crucial contribution immigrants and second-generation citizens have made to the men’s national team historically.

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How FAIR is Attempting to Destroy US Soccer

September 17, 2009 by Stephen Piggott · 14 Comments
Filed under: American Identity, Immigration, Sports 

If you have been reading our blog at all this week, you will know that the anti-immigrant organization the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is currently hosting its annual lobbying event and awards dinner in Washington DC. FAIR’s website says it “promotes immigration levels consistent with the national interest – more traditional rates of about 300,000 a year.” FAIR only use this 300,000 quota to try and maintain its “mainstream” image.

Its real intention is to end all immigration to the United States. According to the Chicago-based civil rights organization the Center for New Community, FAIR “is a carefully crafted entity whose mission is to achieve the goal of zero immigration to the U.S. by blaming immigrants as the cause of economic, population and environmental problems.” It is easy to say that implementing a zero immigration policy would damage the United States in many ways. But what would the United States look like if FAIR achieved their goal? Read more

Minutemen Force Hispanic Vendors to Shut Down

April 17, 2009 by Stephen Piggott · 2 Comments
Filed under: Immigration 

At every sporting event in the United States, large or small vending and tailgating is an extremely common occurrence. In Horry County South Carolina, the local Hispanic community have a soccer league where on average 150 people attend each game. At each game local vendors sell food and other items to the soccer fans. The vendors are a part of the community and are widely accepted by both fans and players alike. This peaceful community coexistence was broken recently by the local chapter of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps. The minutemen with the backing of Horry County officials succeeded in banning 5 vendors from selling items at the Sunday league. The minutemen are now enlisting the help of the local police department to enforce their new “no vending” policy. Read more