Organization Trends

MoveOn’s Immigration Rally

The left-wing agitation group held a rally on May 16th outside of Union Station in Washington, D.C., to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies, which it called “hateful.”

A speaker from MoveOn called for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) before unveiling a drooping Statue of Liberty. Also present at the anti-Trump protest was controversial Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who said, “This administration has explicitly targeted immigrants and people of color, at every single turn.” Omar continued, “This president would rather demonize immigrants and cage children than pass a comprehensive immigration reform.”

Oddly enough, conservatives such as Vice President Mike Pence have accused Rep. Omar of regularly making anti-Semitic comments.

MoveOn was created in 1998 in Berkeley, California, taking its name from the leftists wishing to “move on” from the ongoing scandal with Monica Lewinsky and then-President Bill Clinton. The group was largely funded by billionaire George Soros, the late Progressive Insurance chairman Peter B. Lewis, and major labor unions such as the SEIU.

An estimated two dozen people attended the rally, mainly from allied activist organizations. Among the protesters, CRC identified representatives from a number of left-wing groups, including CASA de Maryland, Families Belong Together, the Center for Popular Democracy, United We Dream, Momsrising, and Amnesty International.

CASA de Maryland is one of five organizations suing the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census, claiming it’s designed to “weaponize the census for an attack on immigrant communities.” (A citizenship question was included by the U.S. Census Bureau in every census but one between 1890 and 2000, according to the conservative Center for Immigration Studies citing Census Bureau data.)

The Center for Popular Democracy is a left-wing voter mobilization group heavily funded by the Wyss, Ford, Surdna, and Kellogg Foundations. The Democracy Alliance—a consortium of liberal mega-donors that operates outside the Democratic party apparatus—endorses the Center for Popular Democracy as a “recommended organization” for funders.

Hayden Ludwig

Hayden Ludwig is an Investigative Researcher at Capital Research Center. He is a native of Orange County, California, and a graduate of Sonoma State University.
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