FAIR: Attacks acknowledge effectiveness

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has maintained a clear position on immigration policy since the organization’s inception in 1979. We believe that immigration policy must be reformed and enforced in a manner that protects the interests of the American people. The interests of the American people include jobs, wages, tax dollars, vital social institutions like education and health care, and, yes, population growth and its impact on the environment and natural resources.

Over the years FAIR has been attacked by a variety of groups and individuals who see us as an impediment to achieving their political, ideological or economic goals through immigration policy. In Washington, being attacked is a clear acknowledgement of an organization’s effectiveness.

Click here to read my full op-ed in today’s Politico.

About Author


Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    I applaud FAIR for their dedication, expertise and perseverance in protecting the interests of Real U.S. citizens, not the fakes who merely inhabit it through illegal means.

    We will win this battle yet!

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    Now that Congress has heard the voice of an illegal immigrant, up close and personal,and, scolded for their mistreatment of other illegals, how and can the millions who are opposed to this blatant and gross display of pandering to lawbreakers, get heard?

    I read many articles about congress and I detect a running theme: no one seems too fazed 11mil entered illegally, and, so long as they are here, we best devise a solution to include allowing them to remain in the U.S.; its as if no one is interested in developing strategies or a framework for self-deportation, an eventual pathway back to country of origin.

    If this is proposed, it would unburden us taxpayers, since the responsibility will be on the illegal immigrant to self-deport; strict time lines will be given and any welfare or subsidized housing expires immediately upon that time. Incentives may be considered for anyone leaving sooner as well.

    The solution to end all solutions is not citizenship or amnesty, no, not for these 11mil. They must be made the example that the U.S. has zero tolerance for illegal immigration-today,tomorrow and always. Future generations on the other side will know they won’t be able to commit the same felony and think it will go unpunished; we will have secure systems in place, both at border and via technology, to protect American citizens interests.

    Congress must collectively wake up from their stupor, foggy-headedness and begin to treat this matter more seriously, rather than view as an accomplishment that both deserves and has earned them legal status or citizenship, despite illegal entry. Its offensive and disgraceful to bear witness to this conduct.

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    Thank You FAIR

    You are well organised and over the years have improved in your use of websites and neutral political philosophies IMO. An intelligent human being, even a hopefully converted open border one, is quite capable of changing 180 degrees in their opinions when new facts warrant the change. FAIR has shown that kind of intelligence.

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    Fot posters as old as me (there won’t be many), you must remember the 50s and 60s, when our nation hummed along, even with the Viet Nam War because we all pulled together. Today, with the invasion of our borders, we have become the place we were warned against – A nation of squabbling nationlities. The sad part is our own government is aligning itself with the invaders who demand that they be given the “rights” of citizens. Republicans pander to them, but since they are not the giveaway party, they’ll never win them over. They are also being held hostage when it’s said because of their “exclusion” policies, Republicans will never get the Hispanic vote. Does this mean that all legal Hispanics will withhold their votes unless we allow the intruders to stay, pushing ahead of those foolish enough to apply correctly to become citizens? This is a nation turned upside down by those who blindly seek to stay in power through votes bought from businesses or organizations who profit from illegal immigration. Our politicians care little for this blessed land, only what they can take from it. And in that, they are no better than those who breech our borders.

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      I completely agree mobilebay! My wife and I were kids in the 60’s when laws were enforced-at least better than today. Intruders shouldn’t be voting but we know they are and the “rights of citizens” concept is crazy.

      Republicans will never get the Hispanic vote because we expect people to work AND pay taxes! Some here enjoy programs like food stamps and a plethora of health care some legal families cannot access! Working families!

      And yes, few of them will become citizens. Lawbreakers have no interest in paying taxes-plundering the pockets of families who work hard and having the rewards of our country without contributing to our tax base is obscene!

      Time to pay down the debt and getting rid of freeloaders is the best place to start!

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    It’s odd that some people attack FAIR as “conservative” when the fact is they are as pro-worker as it comes, because they recognize that mass immigration reduces the wages of workers. Or the fact that FAIR is more of an environmental group than the Sierra Club because Sierra changed their position on immigration from what it was in the past. They used to recognize that population growth was fueled by immigration and that harmed the environment.