FAIR President Dan Stein recently told the New York Times that Americans would “be perfectly fine if we didn’t have another immigrant for 50 years.”
- FAIR President Dan Stein, who has been a leading figure in the anti-immigrant movement since the 1980s, was a mentee of Tanton’s and once called him a “Renaissance man.”
- As leader of the country’s most prominent anti-immigrant organization, Stein has exhibited blatant animus toward immigrants. He has previously lamented that repealing overtly racist immigration laws passed in the 1920s was a “great way to retaliate against Anglo-Saxon dominance” and a form of “revenge.” Stein also noted that repealing these laws “will continue to create chaos down the line.”
- In 1997, Stein derided immigrants as un-American. “Immigrants don’t come all church-loving, freedom-loving, God-fearing.” Stein told The Wall Street Journal. “Many of them hate America; hate everything that the United States stands for. Talk to some of these Central Americans.”
- FAIR’s self-described mission is to “reduce overall immigration… [including] legal immigration levels from well over one million presently to 300,000 a year… to manage growth, address environmental concerns.”
- FAIR President Dan Stein, shares Tanton’s extreme views on immigration:
- In a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965, Stein lamented the increase of America’s immigrant population: “Mass immigration is radically transforming our nation without any identifiable public interest that is being served…No one is questioning the potentially catastrophic consequences of a policy under which half the people we admit require public assistance to get by.”
- In an op-ed for the Daily Caller in March 2016, Stein advocated for “attrition through enforcement,” which has the same goals as mass deportation, saying, “we should deport illegal aliens when we catch them… Enforcing laws isn’t cheap, but it is the cost of not enforcing our immigration laws that is prohibitively expensive. And, no, our economy would not collapse. It would adjust to the absence of millions of illegal workers just as it adjusted to their large-scale presence.”
- On CNN, Stein praised President Trump’s executive orders on immigration, saying that the recent deportations were an effort to “reclaim our schools, our hospitals, and our communities once again for the American people.”
- On then-candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Stein said, “as a practical matter …. unless somebody’s got a better idea, sounds like it makes pretty good sense to us.”
- Stein supports ending birthright citizenship: “[the current] erroneous interpretation of the 14th Amendment is defeating the operation of U.S. immigration controls. It is trumping the legislative intent of the statutes, it is rewarding illegal immigration and making the laws unenforceable.”
- Stein shares Tanton’s interest in eugenics and once posed the idea of prioritizing reproduction based on IQ score: “Should we be subsidizing people with low IQs to have as many children as possible, and not subsidizing those with high ones?”
Attacks on DACA
- Since 2001, Stein’s group has spent over $3.5M in lobbying dollars attacking immigrants including immigrant youth. From 2013 to April 2018, FAIR and NumbersUSA spent more than $8M on paid advertising attacking all immigration.
- The FAIR President serves on the board of IRLI, which helped initiate and draft Crane v. Napolitano, the suit that pitted ICE against DACA and set the stage for United States v. Texas.
- IRLI and FAIR filed a joint amicus brief on behalf of FAIR in support of Texas at the Supreme Court.
- In a December 2014 op-ed, Stein derided President Obama’s executive actions offering temporary deportation relief to some as an effort “to re-engineer this society” that “will make the nation ungovernable.”
- FAIR repeatedly lashed out at President Trump for having kept DACA in place, calling it “an illegal executive overreach.”
- In FAIR’s Immigration Priorities for the 2017 Presidential Transition paper published in November 2016, the group called for Trump to “immediately revoke the orders authorizing the DACA, DACA+ and DAPA schemes; and revoke all work, identity, and immigration status documents issued pursuant thereto.”