Saturday, May 15, 2021
John Tanton, who died at in 2019, was, as the Washington Post described, the "architect of anti-immigration and English-only efforts." Mario H. Lopez for the Bulwark provides background about Tanton's immigration legacy:
"The three most influential anti-immigration groups in politics today are the Federation for American Immigration Reform, NumbersUSA, and the Center for Immigration Studies. All three groups were founded in part by John Tanton).
Tanton was an anti-population crusader who founded local chapters of Planned Parenthood and was president of the group Zero Population Growth. As global fertility rates fell, he focused more on opposing immigration. Bankrolled by a similarly obsessed heiress, Cordelia Scaife May, Tanton established a propaganda machine devoted to criticizing immigration from a perspective that mixed radical environmentalism and white nationalism."