Nativists

Four Myths That Sen. Sessions Believes About Immigration to the United States

Written by on April 14, 2015 in Nativists, Republicans, Rhetoric with 3 Comments
Four Myths That Sen. Sessions Believes About Immigration to the United States

Nativist ideology is filled with falsehoods, half-truths, and distortions. From the impact of immigrants on the economy to the pace of their integration into U.S. society, the nativist creed more often than not gets it wrong. For example, consider the current chairman of the Senate’s immigration subcommittee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). In an opinion piece […]

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Setting the Record Straight on Immigrant Work Authorization

Written by on February 11, 2015 in Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Setting the Record Straight on Immigrant Work Authorization

The anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) issued a report last week alleging a “huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the bounds of the laws.” Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) seized upon it to demand a “full investigation.” Yet the issuance of work permits is not new, huge, or unlawful. In fact, the report merely […]

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Washington Times Serves Up Some Anti-Immigrant Tea-Party Populism

Written by on December 16, 2014 in Executive Action, Nativists, Restrictionists with 1 Comment
Washington Times Serves Up Some Anti-Immigrant Tea-Party Populism

Since 2010, the boundaries have been blurring among nativist organizations, Tea Party factions, and so-called “Patriot” groups as both their memberships and leaderships commingle.  And so self-described nativists are now likely to spew forth rhetoric that is heavily imbued with the kind of shrill anti-government propaganda one might find on display at a Tea Party […]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Repeatedly Blames Immigrants for Unemployment

Written by on September 11, 2014 in Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists with 3 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Group Repeatedly Blames Immigrants for Unemployment

According to anti-immigrant groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), every immigrant worker who enters the U.S. labor force is stealing a job from a native-born worker. In this view of the world, employment is a zero-sum game in which immigrants and the native-born compete for a fixed number of jobs. So it […]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Reduces Lives of Refugee Children to Costs of Education

Written by on September 8, 2014 in Children, Nativists, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Group Reduces Lives of Refugee Children to Costs of Education

The nativist Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has long blamed children for the costs of their own educations. Whether focusing its ire on immigrant children or the U.S.-born children of immigrants, FAIR is routinely outraged at how many taxpayer dollars are devoted to teaching these children to read, write, and count. So it should […]

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Anti-Immigrant Groups Exploiting Humanitarian Situation at the Border

Written by on July 16, 2014 in Border, Nativists, Restrictionists with 8 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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Grupo Nativista Insta al Partido Republicano a Alejarse Aún Más de la Comunidad de Inmigrantes

Written by on April 18, 2014 in En Español, Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 1 Comment
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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