Students Force Rep. Paul Ryan To Distance Himself From Anti-Migrant Federation for American Immigration Reform

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Paul-Ryan-Protest.jpgThe pro-migrant organization Voces de la Frontera continues its incredible organizing work in Wisconsin, this time by forcing Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) to distance himself from Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The following is an article in the Racine, Wisconsin publication The Journal Times on the decision to organize the march:

The Milwaukee-based group Voces de la Frontera is organizing local high school students to march outside Ryan's Racine office Tuesday to protest his appearance at the "Hold Their Feet to the Fire" event in September sponsored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Paul Sloth - Journal Times (12 October 2009)
Here's an article from just a day later where Rep. Ryan distances himself from FAIR:

Ryan released a statement explaining what he called confusion about his radio interview conducted during the "Hold Their Feet to the Fire" event sponsored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated FAIR as a hate group. Ryan said he did not endorse or signify support of the organization in question.

He did not participate in the immigration reform event aside from granting a radio interview to discuss "health care reform and the Green Bay Packers."
Paul Sloth - Journal Times (13 October 2009)

It's good to see Republicans like Paul Ryan distancing themselves from the most extremist elements of the anti-migrant movement.  The more organizations like NumbersUSA, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), and the Federation for American Immigration Reform are exposed for the hate and violence they enable, the better.

Still, I'm not sure if Rep. Ryan is much better with a position on immigration like this:

The failure of our nation's immigration policy is both a national security issue and an economic issue. We must secure our border, create an enforceable system for verifying the identity of workers, and oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants. Legal immigration strengthens our country and we must work toward a system that is fair and effective.
Paul Ryan - Website (14 October 2009)
What does Rep. Ryan propose the United States do with the estimated 12 million unauthorized migrants residing with its borders?  Deporting everyone is an impossibility and the only other solution that folks like Rep. Ryan, FAIR, CIS, and NumbersUSA offer is much worse: attrition through enforcement.   

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