Fox Gives Platform To Two Anti-Immigrant Group Heads To Comment On AZ Ruling
Following the Supreme Court ruling striking down  most of Arizona's controversial immigration bill, Fox News gave a platform to the heads of two anti-immigrant groups to comment on the decision.
On June 25, Fox News Latino's politics section published  a piece by Dan Stein in which the frequent Fox  guest  and president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) declared the ruling a "victory" for Arizona and criticized the Obama administration's use of prosecutorial discretion to postpone deportation proceedings of certain undocumented workers in order to prioritize the removal of others.
On the same day, FoxNews.com published  an opinion piece by Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA. Beck heralded the ruling as an opportunity for other states to "follow Arizona's lead" in enforcing immigration laws "in the way that Congress intended, even if the president insists on violating those laws."
Fox's decision to give Stein and Beck a platform to comment on the Arizona immigration ruling comes in spite of the fact that both of their groups are virulently anti-immigrant.
Indeed, FAIR is an anti-immigrant  organization considered a "hate group " by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Not only does it have a history of using extreme , violent , and offensive  language aimed at undocumented immigrants, but it has extremist ties  as well.
Beck's NumbersUSA is an anti-immigration group with white nationalist ties . It also has ties  to the anti-immigration network of John Tanton, "the anti-immigration crusader " who "spent  decades at the heart of the white nationalist movement."
The SPLC has referred  to Beck as Tanton's "heir apparent." Beck has also been an editor of Tanton's journal, The Social Contract, which, according  to the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR), "has repeatedly served as a platform for white nationalists."