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Ziner looks at the FAIR-RIILE connection

Karen Lee Ziner has an excellent story in today's Sunday ProJo, revealing the role played in 2006 by the national Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in helping to launch Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement (RIILE).

FAIR credited Sandra Gunn, then the organization’s Eastern field representative, with helping launch a host of such groups in New England.

Gunn came to Pawtucket, one of at least four similar New England stops within a week, at the invitation of William “Terry” Gorman, a 68-year-old retired postal worker and member of FAIR since 1997. Gorman, increasingly frustrated, wanted to organize his own local campaign against illegal immigration.

Gorman and his wife were among the eight people at the organizational meeting on Feb. 28, 2006, of Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement. Gunn provided start-up strategy, literature from FAIR and advice to the new members, Gorman said. She kept the press out.

In contrast to Dan Yorke and others who mistakenly describe Ziner as an advocate, her story presents a detailed and balanced look at FAIR and the relevant questions.

It also contains the interesting bit that Sanda Gunn "left FAIR and took a job in February 2007 as a spokeswoman for the US Department of Justice," a post she left seven months later. 

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