VDARE is an anti-immigrant news site founded by English white nationalist Peter Brimelow in 1999. The site is named after Virginia Dare, the alleged first white child born in the New World. Brimelow founded VDARE not long after publishing his nativist screed Alien Nation, held up as a seminal text by anti-immigrant activists and white nationalists alike. VDARE is one of the most popular anti-immigrant websites, publishing Beltway whistleblowers, usually writing under synonyms, alongside the work of anti-Semites and white nationalists. In fact, more people visit the VDARE website than the FAIR or NumbersUSA websites, according to the Alexa website ratings. Though VDARE lacks the credibility of a “mainstream” media source, many of the nativist conspiracy theories peddled on VDARE for two decades are now espoused by Fox News and Breitbart.
Brimelow has longstanding ties to established anti-immigrant groups and figures. Brimelow regularly corresponded with John Tanton, according to Tanton’s personal memos, and his group is a recipient of Cordelia Scaife May’s Colcom Foundation. Brimelow has attended events organized by FAIR and was once interviewed for FAIR’s short-lived TV series Borderline. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) featured Brimelow in a 1998 report titled, “What, Then, Is the American, This New Man?” and regularly circulates VDARE’s content. CIS executive director Mark Krikorian has defended CIS’s circulation of content from VDARE by comparing it to the New York Times as an “important” site for immigration news. CIS fellow and Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) staffer John Miano was a regular contributor to VDARE for a number of years and he attended their annual Christmas party in New York in 2016. In 2012 Brimelow spoke at a panel organized by the anti-immigrant group ProEnglish at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Brimelow has also spoken at the annual Writers Workshop put on by The Social Contract Press, a publishing house founded by Tanton.
In reference to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign speech deriding Mexicans as rapists, Brimelow, said that “there’s ethnic specialization in crime,” and “Hispanics do specialize in rape, particularly of children. They’re very prone to it, compared to other groups.” Brimelow has been linked to the Trump Administration. In August of 2018, the Washington Post reported that Brimelow attended a birthday party for President Trump’s top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, at Kudlow’s home. In August 2019, Buzzfeed reported that the Department of Justice had circulated an anti-Semitic blog post from VDARE which contained “racial and ethnically tinged slurs” to all immigration court employees, including judges. In response to backlash from the immigration judges’ union, VDARE doubled down, publishing another blog the same week attacking Judge Tabaddor for leading the complaint and calling her an “idiot immigration judge” who made a “crazed attack on VDARE.” CIS, included this blog titled Idiot Immigration “Judge” Ashley Tabaddor Makes Crazed Attack On VDARE.com As “Anti-Semitic” Because Of The Word “Kritarch” (Which Is Greek), in their weekly “Immigration Opinions” newsletter for the week of August 23rd, 2019.
Brimelow uses VDARE to advance his white nationalist philosophy. In one instance Brimelow wrote that “diversity is not strength. It is weakness,” and according to an interview transcript published on the website, Brimelow told Fox News radio host Alan Colmes that if the U.S. no longer continued to have a white ethnic majority “historic American society as we know it will simply cease to exist.” VDARE has also published pieces from members of anti-immigrant groups such as Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) and the Dustin Inman Society (DIS).