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Author: Ira Mehlman

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.

FAIR Has Always Been Mainstream. It’s the Democratic Party that has Become Fringe on Immigration

Since the election of Donald Trump and particularly with the recent announcement of the appointment of the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) former executive director, Julie Kirchner, as ombudsman of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, a rash of profiles of FAIR have appeared, mostly in far left publications (but also a few mainstream outlets). From Mother Jones, to Vice, to Pro Publica, and even Teen Vogue (not kidding), the articles endeavor to explain how FAIR morphed from a group on the “political fringes” to one at the center of political influence in Washington. We’re flattered, of...

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