Ending DACA is a priority for NumbersUSA and according to lobbying disclosure paperwork filed this year, the group has lobbied Congress to do just that. Roy Beck has publicly supported the Paxton-led strategy to sue the Trump administration over DACA, saying that Paxton was “providing a way for Pres. Trump” to “stop this DACA program.”
- Roy Beck founded NumbersUSA with John Tanton through the latter’s foundation, U.S. Inc., in 1996.
- Beck, who Tanton described as his “heir apparent,” serves as the group’s president has sought to spread his extremist immigration reduction agenda, most famously through his dehumanizing “gumballs” video and presentations.
- Beck’s group is an extremist anti-immigrant organization with ties to white nationalism. The group fosters anti-immigrant sentiment to mobilize its grassroots base for political action. It directs thousands of calls and emails to members of Congress to successfully kill legislation, influencing primaries in support of nativist candidates, and shifts the national conversation on immigration to the right—in concert with other members of the organized anti-immigrant movement.
- In addition to serving as the former editor of Tanton’s white nationalist publication The Social Contract, Beck spoke at an event organized by the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens in the late 1990s.
- Beck has led his group’s effort to shrink the immigrant population by attrition through enforcement measures and by radically slashing annual immigration levels.
- Beck published a population control paper with fellow immigration restrictionist and immigrant scapegoater Leon Kolankiewicz titled “The Environmental Movement’s Retreat from Advocating, U.S. Population Stabilization (1970–1998): A First Draft of History.”
- NumbersUSA says “no to immigrant bashing” but Beck bragged about doing his best to make “immigration radioactive in as many places as possible,” and has said that the goal should be to “halt all immigration possible.”
Attacks on DACA
- Since 2001, NumbersUSA has spent over $7M in lobbying dollars attacking immigrants including immigrant youth. From 2013 to April 2018, NumbersUSA and FAIR spent more than $8M on paid advertising attacking all immigration.
- According to lobbying disclosure paperwork filed in 2017, NumbersUSA lobbied the 115th Congress on “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.”
- NumbersUSA has pushed its grassroots network to drive calls and write letters to lawmakers in both the Obama and Trump Administration’s, urging them to support policies and amendments attached to must-pass bill in the House offered by anti-immigrant Representatives like King, Brooks, Blackburn, and Gosar. Amendments and other policy proposals have ranged from removing work authorization from DACA recipients, forbidding undocumented youth from serving in the military, and rescinding the program altogether and deporting these individuals.
- In August 2016, Beck shared a 10-point immigration plan with the Trump campaign. Of the 10 points, six were echoed by Trump in a major immigration speech in the same month.
- Although NumbersUSA has been publicly supportive of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration, the group has expressed their dismay at the Administration’s decision to keep the 2012 DACA program in place thus far and in a NumbersUSA’s newsletter on July 28, 2017 executive director Roy Beck described the 10 Republican AGs led by Texas’ Paxton, threat to sue the Trump administration over DACA, unless the President ended the DACA program by September 5th as an “excuse” to rescind the program: “Ken Paxton is providing a way for Pres. Trump to finally honor his campaign promises to stop this DACA program for perhaps a million young adult illegal aliens to gain work permits. The Paxton ultimatum gives the President an excuse to reject the advice of his pro-amnesty advisors and to stop issuing work permits that he said as a candidate are unconstitutional.”
- The group has two current action alerts related to Dreamers including one which urges the White House to end DACA and another that opposes Senators Graham and Durbin’s DREAM Act.
- In 2012 IRLI’s counsel Kris Kobach has helped initiate and draft anti-immigrant lawsuits like Crane v. Napolitano, the suit that pitted ICE against President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and set the stage for United States v. Texas.
- The same day Kris Kobach filed the lawsuit on behalf of the 10 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, NumbersUSA announced that it would financially support the legal effort against DACA. In a blog post that reads more as a fundraising appeal than an announcement, NumbersUSA Founder and President Roy Beck said the ICE agents’ legal team would be “funded entirely by NumbersUSA member contributions.”