A national spotlight has turned on thousands of children fleeing extreme violence in Central America. According to U.S. Border Patrol, more than 57,000 children traveling alone were apprehended on the U.S.-Mexico border between October 2013 and the end of June 2014. The anti-immigrant movement has seized on this humanitarian situation to spread inflammatory and offensive rhetoric.
In 2014, the issue of immigration sometimes generated a xenophobic or racist response from anti-immigrant activists. For example, the established anti-immigrant movement in the United States reacted angrily to unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America and coming to this country by using vehemently anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Through legislative advocacy, legal briefs, public education and training ADL has supported meaningful immigration reform that honors our values as a nation of immigrants.
Since the beginning of 2015, some anti-immigrant activists as well as some anti-Muslim bloggers writing about Muslim immigration have ratcheted up their anti-Muslim rhetoric. Even more disturbing, some national and local politicians have joined the ranks of those who proclaim that Muslims are unable to assimilate into American culture.