Media: March 2011 Archives

If there's ever been a time that I've felt better about speaking with folks privately before needlessly putting them on blast, this is it.  I just got off the phone with Nicole at PostBourgie who was originally cited by both Adam Serwer at The American Prospect and Ezra Klein at the Washington Post in their defenses of using the word "illegal." I was told by Nicole that she no longer uses the word illegal in her writing.  This right after Serwer confirmed with me over the phone that he no longer uses the i-word.  Two major victories in a row!  I'll update this post with a statement from her if she has time to write something today.

Sign a twitter petition thanking Nicole for dropping the I-word.


As has become a near daily addiction for me, I was getting my daily political news from Memeorandum, yesterday, when I noticed, to my horror, that the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) website had made the headlines.  Even worse was that Tim Murphy of Mother Jones, and Adam Serwer of The American Prospect, both of which are supposed to be "progressive" magazines, had helped to get it there by linking to it. 

For those who are not familiar with the venerable work of pro-migrant organizations like the Center for New Community or the Southern Poverty Law Center, CIS is a spin-off of the hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform, and was founded by the white supremacist John Tanton. 

If these connections aren't reason enough to make the organization illegitimate, any studious observer of CIS can ascertain through their actions, the horrific policies they advocate for, and their shoddy scholarship, that the sole purpose of the organization is to provide a facade of statistics to legitimize the ethnic cleansing of the U.S. through deportation, detention, and spreading fear and misery in migrant communities.

I don't like to publicly attack anyone that has even the most remote chance of identifying with my interests and the interests of migrants.  On the substance of these posts, at least, Serwer and Murphy are right on.  Still, driving traffic to and legitimizing a hateful organization like the Center for Immigration Studies was enough to bring back waves of feelings regarding progressives betraying migrants.  As such, I started reaching out to different progressive bloggers whom I believe have recently enabled nativism in the last few months in order to give them the benefit of the doubt.  I like to reach out to people privately before I write about them publicly.