Former FAIR executive director Julie Kirchner left the group in 2015 to join the Trump campaign and has since been appointed as United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ombudsman, where she holds considerable power and influence over the Administration’s immigration policy.
- Julie Kirchner joined FAIR as its government relations director in 2005. She was promoted to executive director in 2007, served in that role until August 2015, and joined the Trump campaign shortly afterwards.
- Kirchner worked briefly as a high-level advisor at CBP in early 2017 before taking up her position at USCIS.
- The USCIS Ombudsman was one of FAIR’s main lobbyists during her decade at the organization, maintaining a network of allies in Congress. For example, Kirchner oversaw the launch of FAIR’s legislative efforts to eliminate the constitutionally protected right to birthright citizenship in 2011.
- During Kirchner’s tenure, FAIR worked to torpedo immigration reform efforts in 2013.
- More recently, FAIR has demonized children fleeing Central America to find safety in the United States and supported draconian enforcement measures against them.
- Under Kirchner’s leadership, FAIR regularly welcomed known white nationalists to its annual events.
- According to federal lobbying disclosure paperwork and congressional testimony, she advocated for the repeal of birthright citizenship and reducing total immigration levels.
Attacks on DACA
- Since 2001, FAIR 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.