An increase in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids around the country and the recent White House executive order on immigration has kept immigration at the forefront of national debate. With far too much regularity, we hear reports of ICE stakeouts at church homeless shelters or of the Dreamer, whose DACA status had expired, but nonetheless spoke out on behalf of undocumented immigrants and was taken into custody by ICE raids.
These recent happenings have incited fear among members of the Latino community and other communities of immigrants. As we have said before, “our leaders must welcome the immigrants who have made their way here — not just for humanitarian reasons but for economic ones too.”
The Trump Administration has given a national platform to the alt-right’s hateful immigration agenda, and mobilized this audience with one dog whistle after another. The leaders of these organizations admit that they have only recently been given a seat at the table, despite many years of advocating their views and building their operation. In fact, Roy Beck, President of NumbersUSA, gleefully highlighted his organization’s newfound status under the Trump Administration saying, “we have been in the wilderness for 20 years under the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations. It doesn’t matter the party. And yes, now we are in the room.”
In a recent Atlanta Daily World article, Hazel Trice Edney notes that the Trump Administration’s nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General, its continued advocacy for a southern border wall, and its attempts to implement a Muslim travel ban have all been applauded by right-wing hate groups such as NumbersUSA, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and Center for Immigration Studies (CSIS) who “make up the network that lay the foundation for this vitriolic movement.”
Over the last decade, these extreme anti-immigration groups have received a staggering $20 million from the Foundation for the Carolinas, an organization run by individuals such as Fred Stanback, a wealthy North Carolina octogenarian who has been plotting a population control, pro-white agenda. In 2015 alone, Roy Beck’s NumbersUSA received $3 million from the Foundation, according to its tax records.
The Foundation has been quick to deny responsibility for its ties to these organizations. In a subsequent article, Edney details an attempt by the Foundation to distance itself from the grants.
The Foundation’s funding has been virtually unreported before now because individual donations are typically buried in tax filings alongside contributions to organizations engaged in publicly recognized civic projects such as the YWCA Youth Learning Center and the Carolina Opera.
It’s time for organizations like the Foundations for the Carolinas to cut off their ties to Stanback and other extremist donors by refusing to fund these anti-immigration, hate-mongering groups.