Vail Daily letter: Disappointed with quote
Vail, CO Colorado
I read (the Jan. 18) article entitled “Vail Valley Rep. Polis pushes for ‘start up’ immigrant visas,” by Alicia Wallace (of the Boulder Daily Camera), with some concern regarding your sources for viewpoints. The article included some interesting perspectives on the balance between encouraging small business and the need to “start up” immigrant visas.
Most importantly, I was disappointed that the Vail Daily quoted an extreme anti-immigrant group in order to project a balanced approach to the issue. Jessica Vaughan is the director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies. Although CIS portrays itself as a mainstream group, it is not. This center was started in 1985 by the Federation for American Immigration Reform and white nationalist leader John Tanton. FAIR is listed as a hate group by the civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center.
I applaud the Vail Daily for wanting diverse views represented; however, I ask that your paper label these organizations for what they are: anti-immigrant.
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