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Immigration and the Southern Poverty Law Center: Stopping 'Hate' Is Really about Stopping Debate

In March, 2010, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released a report examining the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its role in a smear campaign. "Immigration and the SPLC: How the Southern Poverty Law Center Invented a Smear, Served La Raza, Manipulated the Press, and Duped its Donors," authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jerry Kammer.

After the collapse of the 2007 Senate amnesty bill, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) joined with the National Council of La Raza and others to launch a campaign to smear the three largest mainstream groups making a case for tighter enforcement and lower immigration. At the center of this campaign was the designation of the Federation for American Immigration Reform as a "hate group" and the spread of that taint to Numbers USA and the Center for Immigration Studies. The announced goal was to pressure journalists and policymakers not to meet or speak with these organizations. Touted as an effort to "stop the hate," it was a thinly disguised move to stifle debate.

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