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US Sheriffs Collaborate with Anti-Immigrant Hate Groups to Shocking Extent: Report

County sheriffs in the U.S. are increasingly being recruited to the organized anti-immigrant movement and fringe nationalist groups in a bid to implement a dangerous agenda that breaks up families, deports people to their deaths and punishes survivors of domestic violence, a new report released Tuesday has revealed. “The current leaders of FAIR, CIS, and NumbersUSA downplay the significance of Tanton’s stewardship, but continue to advocate for extreme measures that marginalize immigrant communities and encourage devastating attrition through enforcement policies,” the report notes. “Such policies have the goal of making life so unstable and dangerous for immigrants that they are forced to leave the country.” Recruitment efforts by FAIR directed toward law enforcement have a long history, but they didn’t reach fruition until 2011 when staffers with the group held meetings with sheriffs across the U.S. North Carolina Sheriffs Terry Johnson and Sam Page — strident voices advocating nativist policies — simply requested and received permission to use funds from the U.S. Justice Department’s civil asset forfeiture program, which allows law enforcement to commandeer the money and property of criminal suspects.

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