Select Page
Acting ICE Director attends the annual media event of anti-immigrant hate group FAIR

Anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) held their annual media event, “Hold Their Feet to the Fire,” in Washington, D.C., September 5 and 6. The convening regularly brings together radio hosts, nativist hate groups and politicians.

Among the attendees was Ronald Vitiello, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On September 5, as highlighted by America’s Voice and promoted by FAIR, radio host Tom Roten interviewed Vitiello. Preceding Vitiello on Roten’s program were such hate group leaders as Ric Oberlink, executive director of anti-immigrant hate group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), and Dale Wilcox, executive director of FAIR’s legal arm, Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI). CAPS and IRLI are among a network of organizations associated with John Tanton, a Michigan ophthalmologist and racist architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement.

Vitiello, who was a border patrol agent for 33 years and served as Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection for a year and half before assuming the role heading up ICE, told Roten he is “hopeful” to become the permanent director and the “paperwork is in front of the Senate now.” Speaking about the family separation policy, a program that has received bipartisan condemnation, Vitiello shrugged off that “only 2,500 people were affected by that situation.”       Continue Reading