WASHINGTON (AP) – The Department of Justice's immigration branch has sent a morning briefing to judges that includes a blog post from an anti-immigration website that also publishes works by white nationalists.
VDARE's publication includes links that directly attacked immigration judges with racial slurs and a specific anti-Semitic reference to Jews and authorities, according to a letter sent Thursday by Judge Ashley Tabador to James McHenry, Executive Director of the Executive immigration to the Ministry of Justice.
It was circulated to all 440 immigration judges across the country earlier this week, along with other public service stories by The Washington Post and Connecticut.
Assistant Press Secretary Catherine Mattingly said that daily morning news briefings were made by a contractor, and blog posts should not be included.
"The Ministry of Justice condemns the anti-Semitism in the strongest conditions," she said.
VDARE is an anti-immigration website founded and edited by Peter Bremelow. He also operates a non-profit, Connecticut-based, VDARE Foundation, which raised nearly $ 4.8 million between 2007 and 201
– Dave Weigel (@daveweig0)  2016
Brimelow denied his website as a white nationalist, but admitted that he published works by writers who fit that description "in the sense that they are intended to protect the interests of American whites." conferences organized by white nationalist groups, including the Richard Spencer Institute for National Policy and the online journal of the American Renaissance Fareed Taylor.
This weekend, neo-Nazi Richard Spencer (who coined the term "alt-right") led the crowd during his DC conference in chanting "Heil Trump." pic.twitter.com/X1qX0l3uKI
– Yashar Ali @ (@yashar) November 21, 2016
Tabbador wrote that the union fully upholds the right to freedom of expression. "However, the publication and distribution of a white supreme, anti-Semitic website … is contrary to the purposes and ideals of the Ministry of Justice."
She demanded that she be withdrawn and apologize.
The problem arose because the Department of Justice, which is responsible for immigration judges, challenges their right to be represented by a union. This is a move that judges have said is aimed at stifling criticism.
A petition recently submitted to the Federal Labor Relations Agency stated that the union should not be allowed because judges are executives who help to decide or shape the agency's policies,
In recent months, the Immigration Union judges spoke against new enforcement quotas and rules for managing court documents. The National Association of Immigration Judges also called on the immigration courts to become independent of the Ministry of Justice, where the judges are currently serving.
The Justice Department held a summit last month focused on how to combat anti-Semitism. In his remarks, Attorney General William Bar stated that the fight against anti-Semitism was an "important priority" for the Ministry of Justice and condemned what he called an "intolerable" rise in hate crimes in anti-Semitic language