The Federation for American Immigration Reform " or FAIR, which helped state Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, write Oklahoma's new law against illegal immigrants " was funded by a foundation listed as a hate group with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Additionally, the group's funding by the Pioneer Fund, a controversial not-for-profit foundation, was cited in a 2004 column in The Wall Street Journal, which criticized FAIR's founder, John Tanton.
"By Dr. Tanton's own reckoning, FAIR has received more than $1.5 million from the Pioneer Fund, a white-supremacist outfit devoted to racial purity through eugenics," noted columnist Jason L. Riley.
Current FAIR President Dan Stein said the organization did receive the funding, but that it was long time ago and didn't matter now. Terrill said FAIR helped write Oklahoma's new immigration law, which takes effect Nov. 1.
"Randy Terrill's bill will help Hispanic Americans. It will tighten the labor market," Stein said. "If you really care about helping Hispanic Americans, you will (support it)."
Stein, however, also was decried by the Anti-Defamation League, which noted that he allegedly disparaged Hispanics and Catholics in an interview with conservative pundit Tucker Carlson.
"Certainly we would encourage people in other countries to have small families. Otherwise they'll all be coming here, because there's no room at the Vatican," Stein reportedly said. He now denies the quote.
The Rev. Anthony Taylor, the priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in south Oklahoma City, vowed resistance to the state's new legislation.
"It is a sin to obey an unjust law. That applies to anybody," Taylor said. "Ben Fenwick
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