- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The misguided letter by Glenn Hutchinson (“Unreliable sources,” Letters, Thursday) condemning the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which is listed as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), is standard malarkey for organizations at the end of their useful lives.

The SPLC, which was a proud and accomplished organization during the civil rights movement, has fallen on hard times. No longer able to generate donations under the banner of civil rights, the SPLC has taken up the cause of illegal Hispanic immigrants. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), another group living on the fumes of past success, also has hitched its wagon to this cause.

FAIR is not alone, as Help Save Maryland (HSM) - a multiethnic, nonpartisan grass-roots citizens organization that is opposed to spending tax dollars on programs and services for illegal immigrants - also has felt the wrath of the SPLC. HSM has been unjustly called an “extremist, nativist group” for reasons that are fuzzy at best. According to SPLC management, the fact that HSM organized a peaceful rally on the sidewalk in front of a taxpayer-funded worker center for illegal immigrants qualifies it for this poisonous name tag. Who cares about my rights to free speech and free assembly when they become a fundraising bonanza for the SPLC and NAACP?

Even organizations that formally defended my Jewish heritage and rights are joining the fundraising bandwagon and participating in the name-calling of citizen groups. The Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee, successful in bringing Jewish Americans and legal Jewish immigrants into the mainstream of American culture and society, are promoting amnesty and equal rights for illegal immigrants. It’s time for citizens to stop funding these dinosaur organizations.

BRAD BOTWIN

Director

Help Save Maryland

Rockville

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