Media Provides Platform for Anti-Immigration Think Tank’s Flawed Study

(This article is published in FAIR.)

“Report: More Than Half of Immigrants on Welfare,” USA Today titled a recent story (9/2/15). Not mentioned in the headline is that this report was conducted by an anti-immigration think tank with ties to white supremacist groups.

Citing a study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), USA Today‘s Alan Gomez claims that roughly 51 percent of immigrant-led households receive welfare, compared to 30 percent for “native”-led households. (By “native,” the paper does not mean indigenous Americans, but rather US citizens.)

The second sentence of the article describes CIS as “a group that advocates for lower levels of immigration.” The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the leading monitor of extremist and hate groups in the US, describes CIS quite differently, calling it “part of a broad-based and well-planned effort to attack immigration in all forms.”

In its 2009 report, SPLC notes that

CIS was started in 1985 by a Michigan ophthalmologist named John Tanton—a man known for his racist statements about Latinos, his decades-long flirtation with white nationalists and Holocaust deniers, and his publication of ugly racist materials.

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