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Even conservatives see Center for Immigration Studies as extreme

To The Daily Sun,

Russ Wiles' recent source on immigration, The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), is a right-wing extremist, anti-immigration group. Anti-Fascist News asked last October, "Is it a surprise that the Center for Immigration Studies, an openly anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant group, is associating with the fringe of the white nationalist movement?" Well, Nope. German fascists had Jews, Slavs, and Poles to dehumanize while the American fascists have Muslims, immigrants, and refugees.

Anti-Fascist News notes that CIS is "dominated by far-right ideas, with publications like VDare standing directly with the white separatist camp that simply uses Republican talking points to broaden the support for blocking foreign immigrants." (1)

Conservative RedState.com's Neil Stevens wrote last month, "I've been warning for a while now that the John Tanton universe of Malthusian, anti-immigration groups — FAIR, NumbersUSA, and the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) — are not our friends. They don't promote conservatives ideas, and we should stay away from them." (2)
Even sane conservatives find an enemy in the CIS.

Libertarian think tank CATO, not exactly leftist, was highly critical of the CIS study that Russ relied upon with an article titled "Center for Immigration Studies Report Exaggerates Immigrant Welfare Use." (3)

Another CATO article is titled, "CIS Exaggerates the Cost of Immigrant Welfare Use." (4)

So all of the figures Russ used in his recent letter are fascist anti-immigrant rubbish. The prestigious and widely respected Southern Poverty Law Center which watches hate groups such as CIS notes, "CIS studies have been regularly debunked by mainstream academics and think tanks including the Immigration Policy Center, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and America's Voice." (6) and CATO.

Right Wing Watch revealed that in a secret memo that was leaked, CIS founder "Tanton fretted about "less intelligent" people having children: "Do we leave it to individuals to decide that they are the intelligent ones who should have more kids? And more troublesome, what about the less intelligent, who logically should have less? Who is going to break the bad news [to less intelligent individuals], and how will it be implemented?" At one point, Tanton founded his own pro-eugenics organization, the Society for Genetic Education. He also authored a paper titled "The Case for Passive Eugenics."(7) CIS fits all the definitions of Fascist.

Regarding The Southern Poverty Law Center's hate list, Mr. Wiles also claims, "Pamela Geller made the list for pointing out and protesting the attacks on Jews by Islamists." This is another convenient-sounding falsehood from the fascist bubble. Geller and Greenfield made the list because they hate Muslims. Period. Radical Islamists may hate Jewish people and their religion but they hate and actually kill far more Muslims than they do Christians and Jews.

I think Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina has done us a great service by condemning Trump for his hate speech. Vox's latest on her is perfect and speaks to the evil of Trump's rhetoric and that of writers such as Steve Earle. The article is titled, "S.C. Governor Nikki Haley Holds Nothing Back as She Compares Trump to Shooter Dylann Roof."(8)

Gov. Haley told reporters that she wished nominee Donald Trump would communicate differently, and slammed his rhetoric. "I know what that rhetoric can do. I saw it happen," she said.

This rhetoric is the kind of hateful rhetoric we see from CIS, Greenfield, Geller and of course, our very own seething, clueless Steve Earle. They want us to hate and hurt. It's that simple. They hope for violence and dehumanization.

One has to wonder why Russ posts fascist material.

(1) https://antifascistnews.net/2015/10/19/center-for-immigration-studies-associating-with-open-white-nationalists/
(2) http://www.redstate.com/neil_stevens/2016/05/10/center-immigration-studies-publishing-alt-right-racist/
(3) http://www.cato.org/blog/center-immigration-studies-exaggerates-immigrant-welfare-use
(4) http://www.cato.org/blog/cis-exaggerates-cost-immigrant-welfare-use
(5) http://www.cato.org/blog/cis-exaggerates-cost-immigrant-welfare-use
(6) https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2009/center-immigration-studies-reports
(7) http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/trumps-anti-immigrant-campaign-rooted-white-nationalist-sentiment
(8) http://www.mediaite.com/online/s-c-governor-nikki-haley-holds-nothing-back-as-she-compares-trump-to-shooter-dylann-roof/

James Veverka


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It’s now a crime to pay for sex with an underage person in NH

To The Daily Sun,

On June 7, House Bill 1628 was signed into law, "An act relative to human trafficking involving persons under 18 years of age". This new law will make it a crime for any person to pay to engage in sexual contact with a person under the age of 18.

This new law takes a very important step forward to protect children who have been subjected to sex trafficking by establishing felony convictions for individuals who pay compensation to engage in sexual activities with underage persons in New Hampshire.

As the prime sponsor of this House Bill, I am very gratefully to the Legislature for passing this proposal. This legislation will hold individuals responsible for soliciting sexual behavior accountable for their unacceptable acts of behavior placed upon a person under age 18.

Annually each state receives a rating which is based on the Protected Innocence Legislative Framework. This is an analysis of state laws performed by the American Center for Law and Justice and Shared Hope International, which sets a national standard of protection against domestic minor sex trafficking, reports New Hampshire's 2015 report card grade was a disgraceful D. I'm confident our rating will improve with HB 1628 now becoming law.

This new law is the direct result of combined effort with support from the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, representatives from the New Hampshire police chiefs law enforcement community, and many concerned New Hampshire citizens. This will improve our enforcement standing and protections for woman and children going forward.

I wish to personally thank my colleagues in the House, Rep. Lachance, Rep. Hill, and Rep. Seidel, for their support in this initiative. On the Senate side, Senator Jeanie Forrester of Meredith was the prime Senate sponsor in supporting this legislation to protect all women and children.

We may think this issue is far away in Southeast Asia, Los Angeles, New York or other large cities, however, this horrible evil does happen right here in New Hampshire. We must all work together to eliminate it once and for all.

This most important law will ensure anyone involved in sex trafficking with any underage children will be held responsible for their actions. It will send a strong message that we have zero tolerance in New Hampshire for crimes against our children

In future legislative sessions all legislators and citizens should continue to work together to strengthen human trafficking enforcements. Each step is important to ensure protections for all sex trafficking victims.

State Rep. Brian S. Gallagher


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