In recent weeks anti-immigrant rhetoric has reached a fever pitch. Immigrants have been portrayed as murderers and rapists, people have claimed that terrorists are infiltrating the U.S. through the border with Mexico, and there have been calls to build a wall along the border. Learn the myths and facts about immigrants and immigration.
In recent weeks anti-immigrant—and by extension anti-Latino—rhetoric has reached a fever pitch. ADL has a simple message for all policymakers and candidates: there is no place for hate in the immigration debate.
Since the Obama administration has talked about increasing the number of Syrian refugees for resettlement in the United States, there has been an uptick in anti-refugee rhetoric from mainstream politicians to anti-immigrant activists. It has also exacerbated the anti-Muslim sentiment already prevalent in these circles.
The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that anyone born in the United States is a U.S. citizen. Recently, however, Texas' Vital Statistics Unit has refused to issue birth certificates to some babies born in the state if their parents do not have documentation to be in this country. ADL filed a letter brief arguing that Texas does not have the authority effectively to eliminate birthright citizenship and the rights that flow from being born in the United States of America, including the right to have a birth certificate issued.