It’s our 35 Year! Let’s Celebrate, and Get Right Back to Work!


2014 marks 35 years since FAIR’s founding. But no time to celebrate – there’s trouble afoot! The consequences of failure are too profound to be imagined. So what do we stand for during this noteworthy year? We bring the expertise and history to influence the debate. We seek to prevent a repetition of the nation’s mistakes. Repeating past errors is foolish; compounding them with intentional misfeasance is quite another. This is what we are up against and the dimensions of the threat would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.

FAIR is here standing strong to urge a livable, prosperous future for all Americans in the 21st Century; a prosperity that can only be achieved when America restores national self-determination in our immigration policy. Let’s move forward to a nation that can re-join the family of nations able to manage their borders.

In our 35 years, much progress has been made as we have shored up enforcement and prevented the introduction of one special interest policy after another – policies that collectively would have long ago blown the lid off overall immigration. While we have not achieved all our original goals, we have been able to bring wisdom, energy and firmness to the public debates in order to ensure an enlarged view of the national interest.

But now we face a severe crisis: We face an administration determined to permanently roll back our progress and permanently impair the nation’s capacity to enforce our immigration laws. The agenda is simple: prevent the nation from imposing enforceable immigration limits.

President Obama and his congressional allies call what they seek “reform.”  It is no such thing. Reform usually means fixing a problem in order to prevent its recurrence moving forward. This was the premise behind the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. Today the term “reform” seeks to mask a gargantuan special interest give away and bankrupting amnesty program that will permanently undermine economic mobility and the future stability of what remains of the American middle class.

Only truth can stop this madness. As Churchill said, it is not sufficient to do our best; we must do what is necessary to win.

FAIR’s work can only happen with you. There has never been a more challenging time to be engaged in this great cause. We must not stop now. We can continue to make progress together, and I invite you to partner on our journey working to enlighten the way American think about immigration and its proper role in the 21st Century.


About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    Why are we waisting time on the issues of reform and immigration. We are spending too much money on trying to make decisions. Decisions that the American people are tired of hearing. The people of America have already made the decision. WE DON’T WANT THEM HERE!!!!!!! Send them back to their countries! Quit spending money on them.

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      Yes Henry

      American voters’ wishes have become just ants to step on by our Democrats and Republican Open Border Pundits. Theyn lie about us wanting their open border politics too. They call it liberal to want amnesty, when its really Corporate Cheal Labor Fascist.

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    To Quote FAIR

    “FAIR is here standing strong to urge a livable, prosperous future for all Americans in the 21st Century…”

    I’d add one minor detail; and immigration/economy are one issue, not two.

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    The irony is that FAIR and other immigration restriction organizations are attacked as right wing, when the stated goals of FAIR are quite the opposite. What is behind the liberal schizophrenia that condemns big business for paying low wages and cutting benefits to American workers, and yet liberals fall over themselves to support the so called reform that big business wants in order to flood the country with foreign workers and drive wages and benefits to poverty levels. You think Bill Marriott is putting big money behind “reform” because he wants to pay Americans a decent wage to work in his hotels? If you believe that, you are indeed stupid.

    Or the environment. FAIR has emphasized the subject from the beginning. Is it really THAT tough to figure out that our population increases of nearly 30 million per decade for the last 30 years are not compatible with protecting the environment? But you have groups like the Sierra Club insisting that any such linkage is “the greening of hate”.

    The present drought in the southwest is no anomaly. It’s a known fact that these mega droughts have persisted for centuries in the past. We have insufficient water now for that area of the country. But we get people saying we can desalinate sea water. We can, but it’s expensive and it also has environmental consequences relating to the disposal of the end products.

    In short, we have created a culture in this country that is so politically correct that we cannot objectively discuss the issue of immigration. Bringing in masses of undereducated people to a social welfare society is not the same as the people who came to a make it on your own country a hundred years ago.