John Tanton, FBI file

Nick Martin filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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From: Nick Martin

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to John H. Tanton, an obituary of whom was published by the Detroit Free Press under the headline "Anti-immigrant leader Dr. John Tanton of Michigan dies at 85." A PDF of the obituary is attached to this request and may also be found at:

Tanton was born in 1934 in Detroit. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Michigan State University in 1956, received an M.D. from the University of Michigan in 1960, and received an M.S. in ophthalmology from the University of Michigan in 1964. After becoming an eye doctor, he became active in population control and environmental issues, leading Michigan chapters of the Sierra Club and Planned Parenthood.

He was the founder and first chairman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an immigration-reduction organization. He was the co-founder of the Center for Immigration Studies, a non-profit research group; and NumbersUSA, a grassroots lobbying group. He was chairman of U.S. English and ProEnglish. He was the founder of The Social Contract Press, which publishes the quarterly journal The Social Contract.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Nick Martin
Investigative Journalist

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The request has been rejected by the agency.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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