The American Civil Rights Institute,
or ACRI, is a national organization, founded in 1996, that encourages states to pass legislation that ends racial preferences, and seeks to educate the public on the harms of racial and gender preferences.
It was founded by Ward Connerly
and Dusty Rhodes, the president of National Review.
Preferences for immigrants
In June 2007, ACRI issued a statement saying that it is opposed to extending any of America's existing racial preferences to new immigrants. The rationale for the ACRI position is that America's existing legally enforced racial preferences are based on a foundation of making up for past mistreatment in America. Since new immigrants, by definition, haven't received mistreatment in America, ACRI believes that immigrants should not benefit from them.
On the November 2008 ballot, ACRI sponsored petition drives in up to five states--Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma--to place their preferred language before voters.
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