Look, he can claim he isn't a racist all day long, but when he compares the birth rates of Latino immigrants to "breeding like rats" it gives away his game. According to this article he first became interested in keeping brown-skinned people out of America when his tiny town of Petoskey Michigan went from being 99% white to 94% white.
He also learned German, formed a chapter of Planned Parenthood to combat population growth, formed a group to fight bilingualism, became infatuated with ideas of the genetic purity and specialness of White people, and generally behaved a racist old coot.
Again, you can say you're not a racist but when you hire lawyers from the KKK who write articles about how the Holocaust never happened, well, it doesn't look good.
The Anti-Immigration Crusader - NYTimes.com
From the resort town of Petoskey, Mich., Dr. Tanton helped start all three major national groups fighting to reduce immigration, legal and illegal, and molded one of the most powerful grass-roots forces in politics. The immigration-control movement surged to new influence in last fall’s elections and now holds near veto power over efforts to legalize any of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
One group that Dr. Tanton nurtured, Numbers USA, doomed President George W. Bush’s legalization plan four years ago by overwhelming Congress with protest calls. Another, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, helped draft the Arizona law last year to give the police new power to identify and detain illegal immigrants.
A third organization, the Center for Immigration Studies, joined the others in December in defeating the Dream Act, which sought to legalize some people brought to the United States illegally as children.
Rarely has one person done so much to structure a major cause, or done it so far from the public eye. Dr. Tanton has raised millions of dollars, groomed prot�g�s and bequeathed institutions, all while running an ophthalmology practice nearly 800 miles from Capitol Hill.
“He is the most influential unknown man in America,” said Linda Chavez, a former aide to President Ronald Reagan who once led a Tanton group that promoted English-only laws.
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