D.C. Insiders Meet To Plot More Immigration. (You`re Not Invited)
Immigration reformers wondering
why their reforms are getting nowhere may wish to drop
in at the Mayflower hotel tomorrow. The National
Immigration Forum (NIF)
will be holding its
annual conference at the luxury hotel in downtown
Washington D.C. this Wednesday through Friday.
Annual conferences at even the
most prominent immigration reform organizations barely
bring in 100 individuals, most of whom take time off
from regular jobs to attend meetings at modest hotels in
the D.C. suburbs. Almost never do politicians attend
immigration reform meetings, though Sen. Eugene McCarthy
– yes, Eugene McCarthy, was seen at one recent event.
By contrast, the most recent
immigration enthusiast event brought in 1,500, most of
them employed in the immigration business or in
The NIF conference this week will
be a smaller affair. But for $735.00, lodging not
included, conferees will be able to attend media
workshops (“How to fool most of the media most of the
time”?), go to a power breakfast with Washington
insiders and attend panel discussions. Among the
panelists are correspondents from major newspapers
and officers of groups ranging from the Chamber of
Commerce and Americans for
Tax Reform to such groups as
La Raza, MALDEF, the
ACLU and various lawyers` associations.
According to NIF staffers the main
speakers at this week`s events are Sen. Kennedy and
James Ziglar, the Bush appointed head of the INS. Other
high-level Bush Administration
personnel and congressional members and staffers
will be there also.
Amazingly, this event is brought
to you by
Freddie Mac – a public/private mortgage lending bank
created by Congress in 1970, whose web page banner
reads, “We open doors for millions all across America.”
[VDARE.COM note: Including
resident aliens. Freddie
Mac can be contacted
here.] Some attendees are paying for the event with
Government Purchase Order numbers. I wonder what
Americans for Tax Reform will have to say about that?
[To ask, click here.]
If you decide to visit the
Mayflower this week, you won`t be able to officially
attend any part of the conference. This is a
At least one registrant, who was
assured he could attend and who had already paid (not
with a government P.O. number) had his money returned
and was told he would be barred from attending –
apparently on the basis of thought and opinion alone.
Some opinions are too diverse – even for a celebration
So even though your Congressional
representative might be there, and despite the fact
that, at least partly, your tax dollars are supporting
the event, you can only watch from the outside.
But, after lurking around the back
of conference halls and listening in on breakout
sessions I guarantee you won`t have any more questions
about who`s financing the immigration lobby: you are.
January 29, 2002