IRLI Sues the Homeland Security Department for Records Related to its Relationship with the Domestic

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September 7, 2017

Shining a Light on Anti-Free Speech, Anti-Borders, Anti-American Pressure Groups

(Washington, D.C.) – On behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) announced today it has filed a lawsuit (attached here) in the US District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from the Department of Homeland Security regarding the agency’s communications with the highly controversial and inflammatory “hate-watch” organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). According to IRLI’s complaint, the agency has been unlawfully denying the release of the records.

As part of its ongoing effort to educate the American public about the defamatory tactics of the multi-billion-dollar open-borders lobby, IRLI has requested email communications involving the SPLC from some of the more controversial Obama-era appointees at the agency. The records-request follows on several others IRLI’s submitted to other agencies that work with the group, including the Defense Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

That the group has any relationship with the agency at all should be highly alarming to the American public. Over the years, the SPLC’s been able to solicit hundreds of millions of dollars from individuals and corporations through highly cynical misinformation campaigns about groups they label as “dangerous” and “hate-filled.” This includes advocates for immigration-control like IRLI. So inflammatory are the SPLC’s assaults on people and groups they disagree with, they’ve been linked to multiple domestic terror-attacks, most recently the attempted massacre of several conservative members of Congress.

IRLI Executive Director, Dale L. Wilcox, commented, “The American public, especially the left-wing elite, do not appreciate how poisonous groups like the SPLC are to healthy political debate in this country.” Wilcox continued, “Thankfully, this is changing. As IRLI has documented, the FBI as well as the Justice Department have raised questions about the group’s tactics and more and more news outlets are also now beginning to see the group for what it really is. IRLI’s hard-working staff will continuing pushing forward to make sure that happens.”

For additional information, contact: Jade Haney • 202-232-5590 • [email protected]

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