At a time when the issue of immigration and immigrants has taken center stage in this country, the message of President John F. Kennedy's classic essay A Nation of Immigrants is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. That is why ADL and publisher Harper Perennial have reissued this landmark essay on the contribution of immigrants to American society.
In response to the push for immigration reform, the anti-immigrant movement revived two “front groups” that are against immigration reform and claim to represent the African-American community, as well as naturalized citizens. In reality, the groups are made up of well-known anti-immigrant activists and appear to be new incarnations of front groups founded by the anti-immigrant movement during the last major push for immigration reform in the mid-2000s.
A bi-partisan group of senators, known as the Gang of Eight, introduced a much anticipated immigration reform bill on April 16, 2013. In reaction, the anti-immigrant movement swiftly denounced the bill and claimed that it would weaken national security, hurt American workers and would lead to increases in legal immigration.
The embrace of immgration reform by both political parties in the United States has led politicians and major figures on the right to re-examine their relationship with the anti-immigrant movement. A closer look at the history of the anti-immigrant movement reveals another reason politicans may want to distance themselves: key members of the anti-immigrant movement have promoted eugenics.