Roy Beck

Roy Beck is a former journalist and an anti-immigration officer. His work has primarily opposed immigration, focusing on the United States. He is a leading member of the Immigration Reform Law Institute and co-founder of Numbers USA. The Roy Beck myth is that he fabricated stories of refugees and other immigrants to paint them as criminals, sexual predators, terrorists, and welfare sponges. The most prominent anti-immigration voice in America, Roy Beck, has been called “the father of the modern anti-immigration movement.”

His Achievements

Roy Beck’s immigration work has been widely debated and praised. He has received many accolades and awards, including the American Immigration Control Foundation’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 1996, the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 1993, the Center for Immigration Studies’ Distinguished Achievement Award in 2002, and The John Tanton Leadership Award at Numbers USA’s 1996 Annual Awards Banquet. In 2004, Beck was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Center for New Community. Beck was on the board of advisors for the Center for Immigration Studies and has had pieces published in The Social Contract and The Journal of American Ethnic History. In addition, Beck has received the Distinguished Leadership Award from Numbers USA, a Tanton-funded organization, and the Pioneer Humanitarian Award from Numbers USA in both 2008 and 2010.

Beck has been a long-time member of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) which has been labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League.

Roy Beck has attempted to frame his work in altruistic terms. Still, he has used the specter of an overburdened welfare system to imply that immigrants are a drain on social services and are generally “criminals, sexual predators, terrorists, and other unsavory types.” The implication is that this burden would be reduced if legal immigration were curbed.

He is best known for his work with Numbers USA, an anti-immigration group founded by Tanton that frames itself as a “citizens lobby.” Beck uses his research to support anti-immigrant policies and justify raising the number of Border Patrol Agents, making employers verify the immigration status of potential employees, and requiring truckers to carry tamper-proof documents verifying their right to transport cargo legally.

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