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Unaccompanied minors and border patrol
A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer helps two young boys pick out clothes as they are processed at a placement center in Nogales, AZ on June 18, 2014.
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Children at the Border

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.

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Examples of Racism from the Anti-Immigrant Movement in 2014

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.

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ADL's Commitment to Meaningful Immigration Reform

Through legislative advocacy, legal briefs, public education and training ADL has supported meaningful immigration reform that honors our values as a nation of immigrants.

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A Wave of Ugly Rhetoric Targeting Muslim Immigrants

Anti-Muslim protest in Austin, Texas

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.

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