Are Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform (FAIR), NumbersUSA, and Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) Really Playing the GOP for a Bunch of Suckers? SPIES IN THE CAMP - Part V – Show Me the Money!
“Heiress and bird-lover Cordelia Scaife May believed nature and the U.S. were under siege from runaway population growth. Eight years after her death, she continues to influence the immigration debate.” Joseph Tanfini, L.A. Times
What do FAIR, NumbersUSA, and CIS all have in common (besides John Tanton, and Board Members made up of population-control environmentalists, of course)? The answer is: MONEY! IRS records show that in 2010, one charitable foundation with roots in extreme environmentalism and population control, the Colcom Foundation, contributed over $7.1 million to these organizations.
The Colcom Foundation was established in 1996 by the late Cordelia Scaife May, a “dedicated conservationist” concerned about “the negative effects of human overpopulation on the environment.” Among the other groups the Colcom funds are Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS); the Clean Air Council; the Clean Water Fund, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund; the Population Media Center; and U.S., Inc., a non-profit organization founded by John Tanton, used to house and raise money for Roy Beck and NumbersUSA shortly after NumbersUSA was created.
It’s not surprising given Cordelia Scaife May’s ideology that she chose to fund groups headed by population fearing and abortion promoting environmentalists. As the Los Angeles Times points out, Scaife May’s biggest “... worry in life, almost, was population control.” This is why, in 2010, Scaife May’s trusts distributed over $6.5 million to Colcom. This money, in part, was then used to fuel the radical agendas of FAIR, CIS, and NumbersUSA, with NumbersUSA as the largest single recipient of Colcom’s generosity in 2010. That year, NumbersUSA received over $3 million from Colcom while FAIR received just over $2.7 million. CIS made out big as well, receiving over $1.3 million from Colcom.
Even in death, Scaife May’s ties to these groups just don’t stop at the bank. In the Fall 2012 edition of The Human Life Review, the premier scholarly journal on pro-life issues, author Mario Lopez exposes another link between the Scaife family radicalism and FAIR. Lopez writes:
Sarah G. Epstein, FAIR’s board secretary, is an emeritus director and board member of Pathfinder International in the U.S.84 She inherited the position from her parents: Clarence and Sarah Gamble. She is also a board member of the Scaife Family Foundation (SFF), which is engaged with Pathfinder in conducting trials of the quinacrine sterilization procedure.
According to the LA Times article, “Colcom Foundation has been the single-largest donor to the anti-immigration cause, providing more than $76 million over the last decade to groups that now are fighting to block immigration overhaul efforts in Congress.”
You have now seen evidence of the radical environmentalist agendas of these groups. You’ve seen the pro-abortion, population control, environmentally motivated beliefs of the founders of these groups. You have seen the radical affiliations of the members and directors of these groups. And, you have seen just a few examples of the influence these groups have had within the GOP.
We urge you to ask yourselves why these groups are adamant about opposing any type of immigration legislation whatsoever. These groups not only oppose “amnesty,” they oppose any reform to the immigration system which would allow even one more person to enter the country and violate “Mother Earth.” These groups will tell you anything to make you oppose any form of immigration reform. They will tell you that it is the business community that wants the immigration bill. They will say that business wants cheap labor and that if business wants to find America-born laborers to fill the jobs that they are hiring immigrants to fill, then business leaders simply need to raise their wages.
However, as pro-business conservatives, we know that added costs to business mean fewer jobs. It means less innovation and less entrepreneurship. Why is it that we are willing to stand up to radical leftists when it’s Obama, but are willing to go along with business killing ideas when the radical leftist is a pro-abortion, anti-immigrant environmentalist? As conservatives, we should always stand up for the unborn and for free-market principles.
Over the past few days you’ve seen the types of people these are. You’ve seen their motivation, and you’ve seen their agendas. I urge you to take a moment and decide where your humanity lies. I urge you to consider your promise to the unborn. Yes, illegal immigration is a huge problem. But let us find a solution in our humanity and let us not betray our better angels for well- funded “friends” with hidden agendas who seem to hit all of the right notes at exactly the right time.
Don’t be played for a sucker by radical pro-choice environmentalists. Groups like FAIR, NumbersUSA, and CIS aren’t opposed to immigration reform; they are opposed to human beings living on this planet! Consider the facts, pray, and make up your own mind.
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