The Syndicate Behind Tennessee’s Immigrant & Refugee Propaganda, part 1

TIRRC (TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition), was founded in 2001 by Philadelphia transplant David Lubell. Four years later he started the “Welcoming Tennessee” campaign followed by a smear-the-South propaganda film called “Welcome to Shelbyville.” 

Also in 2001, the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) which was looking for new places to deliver refugees by “Building the New American Community” (BNAC). Nashville was chosen because of its economic growth and the rapid growth of foreign-born immigrants and refugees. ORR needed a willing partner and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce stepped up to take the ORR money. One of the core principles of the BNAC project was for the new Americans to become (Democrat) voters who could work to change their receiving communities.

Lubell left TIRRC in 2009 to start “Welcoming America” seeded with money from George Soros’ Open Society foundation’s Four Freedoms Fund. “Welcoming America” is now helping refugee resettlement agencies “tamp down pockets of resistance” to the globalist open borders agenda for the U.S.

Countering the Backlash, Strategies for Responding to Anti-Refugee and Xenophobic Activity from the New South” is TIRRC’s latest propaganda and contribution to tamping down resistance in Tennessee. It was produced by TIRRC’s current co-director Stephanie Teatro and former director Stephen Fotopulos. The piece was paid for by the J.M. Kaplan Fund that gave TIRRC $50,000 in 2009 funneled through the far left Migration Policy Institute, which J.M. Kaplan was also heavily funding. More on this report in later parts.

The J.M. Kaplan Fund (the Fund), has a long history of using its resources to support progressive social policies and extreme leftist organizations such as the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center and Casa de Maryland. The Fund employs a “Migration” Program Director and funds organizations like Welcoming America, HIAS (a refugee resettlement contractor), other state organizations like TIRRC and the Migration Policy Institute. They also fund the program “Global Detroit” – to repopulate Detroit using immigrants and refugees that have little choice about where they relocate.

Trying to misrepresent and disinform, TIRRC uses innuendo and accusations of prejudice, bigotry, racism and xenophobia. They claim that Tennessee is a national leader in opposing illegal and legal immigration. TIRRC wants to counter the Southern-rooted “backlash” being waged against persecuted “new Americans.”

TIRRC’s campaign has always been to cast illegal or legal immigrants (like refugees), as victims. These “victims” are vilified for speaking a different language or following a certain religion, and all suffer “backlash” from the ignoble immigrant-hating citizens.

TIRRC’s goal: create leftist voters and take down the South

TIRRC’s 2012 “Become a Citizen Now” campaign featured “new American” voters like Kurdish refugee and TIRRC community agitator Drost Kokoye who also helped start Tennessee’s American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and the Muslim-centric American Center for Outreach (ACO).

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Two years later, after TIRRC and its allied organizations co-opted the Haslam administration and several Republican state legislators, Kokoye’s message was:

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Next: TIRRC’s allied Tennessee organizations