We’ve been reading news of an audio recording of controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio joking before a Texas anti-immigration group in 2009 about his refusal to cooperate in a federal investigation into racial profiling. Just as troubling as Arpaio’s 2009 speech to the group, however, might be the group he was speaking to: Texans For Immigration Reduction and Enforcement (TFIR). (The Houston-based organization changed its name from Texans For Immigration Reform in October 2011.)

TFIR’s website at first gives the impression that the group is concerned mostly with stopping illegal immigration. We should be clear: opposition to illegal immigration doesn’t make someone a bigot. But when you click a little further into TFIR’s website, alarm bells start to ring.

Among the recommended weblinks on TFIR’s website is VDARE, which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a “white nationalist” website. According to the SPLC, VDARE has posted articles claiming that Jews overwhelmingly support “non-traditional immigration, which has the effect of weakening America’s historic white majority'”; insisting that “America was defined — almost explicitly, sometimes very explicitly — as a white nation, for white people”; and arguing that America’s “rulers and elites … sacrifice our… Read More