Letter from John Tanton to the New York Times re The Anti-Immigration Crusader

April 18, 2011

Letters to the Editor
The New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

Who would not feel flattered to be called "the most influential unknown man in America" by Linda Chavez on the front page of The New York Times ("The Anti-immigrant Crusader," April 17)? The truth is that my role in pushing one of the stickiest issues of our time into public debate was far more modest than your article implies.

Regarding my penchant for working with all sides of the political, ethnic, philosophic, economic, racial, religious and other spectra, that is how one forms a coalition that has political meaning and power. Forming a coalition from people who agree on all issues simply does not work.

If this makes for rougher seas than one can stomach, then as Hamlet advised Ophelia, "Get thee to a nunnery."

John Tanton
Chairman, US Inc.


Read the letter as published in the New York Times on April 26, 2011.
The above letter was submitted to the New York Times in response to their April 17, 2011 article The Anti-Immigration Crusader. Read excerpts here or read the complete article

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