FAIR Has Always Been Mainstream. It’s the Democratic Party that has Become Fringe on Immigration

Since the election of Donald Trump and particularly with the recent announcement of the appointment of the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) former executive director, Julie Kirchner, as ombudsman of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, a rash of profiles of FAIR have appeared, mostly in far left publications (but also a few mainstream outlets).

From Mother Jones, to Vice, to Pro Publica, and even Teen Vogue (not kidding), the articles endeavor to explain how FAIR morphed from a group on the “political fringes” to one at the center of political influence in Washington. We’re flattered, of course, by all the attention, but the truth is that FAIR has always been in the mainstream of the national debate about immigration policy. It’s the Democratic Party and readers of Mother Jones, Vice, Pro Publica and Teen Vogue (?) that have moved to the radical fringes of American public opinion on immigration.

Don’t take our word for it. Take Bill Clinton’s words in his 1995 State of the Union Address. Or, Hillary Clinton’s in 2003, when she appeared on a New York radio program. Or the Democratic Party’s platform in 1996. It is only in the last decade or so that the Democratic political establishment has lurched to the radical fringes of the immigration debate, to a point where they invite illegal aliens to address their national convention, and state and local governments controlled by Democrats refuse to even turn over criminal aliens to be deported.

The distorted picture of who is on the fringes and who is in the mainstream is reminiscent of the 1950 movie classic, Sunset Boulevard. In the movie there is a famous exchange between aspiring Hollywood writer Joe Gillis and faded movie star Norma Desmond:

Joe Gillis: You’re Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.

Norma Desmond: I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.

To all the articles and second-rate “journalists” wringing their hands and scratching their heads over why the positions on immigration FAIR has espoused for decades have been adopted by the Trump administration (and the voters who elected him), we have this response:

FAIR: We have always been a mainstream immigration policy group. It’s the Democratic Party and advocacy journalists who moved to the fringes.

Don’t take our word for it. Just ask the voters.

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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    The simple fact is that we are divided and all [point to 8+ years of either doing nothing or go backwards I don’t know what is better…..

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      BTW I read FAIR was categorized as a Hate group……that was a surprise to me….since when we have no right of freedom of speech…..!!!I do not agree with you guys in many things but that is wrong…..

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        Freedom of speech appears to not be an issue given this blog. However the SPLC also has that same freedom to all out hate where it sees it. Freedom of Speech cuts both ways.

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          And SPLC is simply a group that raises huge amounts of cash by defining others as racists because of their views. Answer this question: Is it racist to call for a reduction in immigration. Yes or no.

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    And then there’s the fact that Obama, Hillary, and Schumer all voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006 as Senators. The reason I voted for Hillary in the 08 primaries was her statement in 2003 that she was “adamant” against illegal immigrants. Which story is she peddling today about why she lost. A few days ago it was sexism, then the Russians, now it’s the letter from FBI director Comey. Never mind the fact she thought all she had to do was run tv ads endlessly while she attended fundraisers with her Hollywood pals and sneered at the rubes who wanted Trump.

    If you read the link to the 96 Democratic platform [halfway down under immigration], it’s a carbon copy of every thing Trump has said. The Democrats have become the party of lawbreakers. Not only did they have illegals addressing last year’s convention, they had the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, two people who brought about their deaths by their own actions. Whether it’s the Border Patrol or the cop on the beat, the Democrats want to make them the bad guy.

    And the media is running sympathetic stories about how Martin has been awarded a posthumous degree by a Florida college. Never mind that he had been suspended from school three times in a little over half a year and had stolen women’s jewelry in his backpack when it was searched. If a comedian had made the same joke about Obama that Colbert made about Trump they would have been fired immediately. Colbert not only did not apologize but gloated about the fact that nothing happened to him. Double standard.

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    I Was an Old Fashion Democrat Before They Became the Hypothetical NWO 666 Beast

    Make America Great used to be a Democrat goal; before they became open border progressive Fascists.