A curious article published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles a little-known but well financed foundation responsible for much of the funding for anti-immigrant groups NumbersUSA, Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
The Colcom Foundation was headed by Cordelia Scaife May who died in 2005 but was inspired by Margaret Sanger to take up issues related to population. May also took an interest in environmental issues as well and founded the Colcom foundation in 1996. As a result of her interest in the environment and population she ended up befriending John Tanton, the fountainhead of CIS, NumbersUSA and FAIR and a dedicated anti-immigration environmentalist. CIS head Mark Krikorian once remarked that Colcom Foundation is [T]he most important foundation donors to immigration-control organizations.
The bulk of all three group’s founding is the result of grants from Colcom in which FAIR, NumbersUSA and CIS have been very influential in changing the discourse on immigration. A campaign spearheaded by NumbersUSA was key to preventing the passage of President George W. Bush’s immigration reform bill in 2007. Colcom has also funded anti-fracking efforts and one environmentalist group’s effort to map waterways affected by coal and gas drilling. According to the Anti-Defamation League, even groups like Californians for Population Stabilization, Progressives for Immigration Reform and a handful of other like-minded population control and anti-immigrant groups have received grants from Colcom.
The fact that Cordelia Scaife May was inspired by her family friend Margaret Sanger and decided to take up population issues along immigration lines demonstrates she was influenced by eugenics. Sanger was a proponent of negative eugenics which believed in limiting or halting the reproduction of those deemed unfit and was also a proponent of restricting immigration. May came to the conclusion that immigration was a major factor in environmental degradation and founded Colcom to achieve her vision. Her organization’s funds have been well spent since all three groups Colcom supports have been effective. Hopefully, it will not last.
The fact still remains that all three groups founded by John Tanton and funded by Colcom are environmentalist fronts who further an anti-human narrative blaming immigrants and immigration for environmental degradation. In short, CIS, FAIR and NumbersUSA along with their Colcom enablers view people as nothing more than pollution. This is abundantly clear, for example, in CIS’ policy pieces attributing immigration to being a factor in influencing climate change. The difference between groups like the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth is that all three of John Tanton’s groups and their financiers reflect the true, consistent green belief that mankind is a cancer on the Earth to be stamped out. They crank out policy studies and pieces based on questionable or skewed data in order to make their case.