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Restrictionists Spread Unfounded Rumors About Migrant Children and Disease

Written by on July 25, 2014 in Children, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 1 Comment
Restrictionists Spread Unfounded Rumors About Migrant Children and Disease

More often than not, anti-immigrant groups use their hateful rhetoric to blame immigrants for all of our nation’s ills. On a regular basis, restrictionist groups release reports that portray immigrants as criminals, terrorists, a threat to American workers, an economic and fiscal burden, or an obstacle to national unity, to mention just a few. The [...]

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Anti-Immigrant Groups Exploiting Humanitarian Situation at the Border

Written by on July 16, 2014 in Border, Nativists, Restrictionists with 7 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Groups Exploiting Humanitarian Situation at the Border

The scenes are chilling. In Murrieta, California, protesters scream and wave signs saying “Return to Sender” at busloads of mothers and children from Central America. In Oracle, Arizona, enraged demonstrators, awaiting the arrival of a busload of Central American children that never comes, initially mistake a YMCA bus for the target they seek. And in [...]

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Nativist Group Cherry Picks Data to Show False Decline in Central American Deportations

Written by on July 7, 2014 in Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Nativist Group Cherry Picks Data to Show False Decline in Central American Deportations

The nativist Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) recently issued a report titled, “Records Reveal Few Central Americans Deported,” to support their arguments to detain and deport more Central American children. The report centers on a comparison that, according to CIS, shows a 40 percent decline in deportations to Northern Triangle countries, while in reality, deportations [...]

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Congress Needs Reminding of Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s Plight

Written by on June 26, 2014 in Children, Hearings, Nativists with 1 Comment
Congress Needs Reminding of Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s Plight

The House Judiciary Committee’s June 25 hearing was supposed to be about the recent surge in the numbers of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Had this really been the subject of the hearing, the topic of escalating gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador would have [...]

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Nativist Report Mischaracterizes and Over Dramatizes ICE Releases

Written by on May 14, 2014 in Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists with 2 Comments
Nativist Report Mischaracterizes and Over Dramatizes ICE Releases

Once again, in an attempt to derail an honest debate about immigration policy, the nativist Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released a report this week claiming that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is setting free tens of thousands of dangerous criminals. The implication, of course, is that these “criminal aliens” will once again prey [...]

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Immigration Letter from 22 Senators Decries Common-Sense Reforms

Immigration Letter from 22 Senators Decries Common-Sense Reforms

Twenty-two Senate Republicans have made some political waves recently by sending a letter to President Obama expressing their “grave concerns” over the review of immigration enforcement policies now underway in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The aim of that review is to determine ways in which enforcement priorities might be revised to avoid the [...]

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Grupo Nativista Insta al Partido Republicano a Alejarse Aún Más de la Comunidad de Inmigrantes

Grupo Nativista Insta al Partido Republicano a Alejarse Aún Más de la Comunidad de Inmigrantes

Los grupos anti-inmigrantes utilizan periódicamente una táctica común que consiste en hacer circular informes que advierten a los legisladores y al público en general acerca del carácter supuestamente amenazante de los inmigrantes. Estos informes tienden a retratar a los inmigrantes como una carga económica y fiscal, una amenaza para la integración social, o una amenaza [...]

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Nativist Group Urges Republican Party to Further Alienate the Immigrant Community

Written by on April 17, 2014 in Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 0 Comments
Nativist Group Urges Republican Party to Further Alienate the Immigrant Community

Anti-immigrant groups periodically use a common tactic of circulating reports warning lawmakers and the general public about immigrants’ supposedly threatening character. These reports often consist of portraying immigrants as an economic and fiscal burden, a threat to societal integration, or a political menace to an idealized status quo. Following the latter idea, the Center for [...]

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Will Unauthorized Immigration Begin to Rise Again?

Written by on April 14, 2014 in Border, Restrictionists, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
Will Unauthorized Immigration Begin to Rise Again?

The record-low level of unauthorized immigration to the United States, particularly from Mexico, raises an obvious question: How long will it last? Presumably, conditions somewhere will change—either here or abroad—and unauthorized immigration will rise again. Even more important than the question of when it will happen, however, is how we will choose to respond. Nativists [...]

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Local Anti-Immigrant Laws Die as More States and Municipalities Pursue Pro-Immigrant Policies

Local Anti-Immigrant Laws Die as More States and Municipalities Pursue Pro-Immigrant Policies

The Supreme Court announced this week that it would not review the appeals of lower-court decisions finding that local anti-immigrant ordinances passed by Farmers Branch, Texas and Hazleton, Pennsylvania were unconstitutional infringements on federal immigration law. The laws would have required private landlords to verify the immigration status of tenants and penalized them for renting [...]

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