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.
Over the past few months, the established anti-immigrant movement in the United States has shifted its messaging by focusing on terrorism and national security. The movement is trying to capitalize on Americans’ renewed fears of terrorism by linking these fears with the issue of immigration.
Through legislative advocacy, legal briefs, public education and training ADL has supported meaningful immigration reform that honors our values as a nation of immigrants.
Starting in late June 2014, anti-immigrant activists in Murrieta, California, have prevented buses carrying migrants fleeing violence in Central America from entering the town’s border patrol processing center. The protests have garnered national and international attention due to the extreme rhetoric and ugly climate surrounding them.