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.
The Oregon legislature passed a law in 2013 that will allow undocumented immigrants in the state to obtain driver’s licenses. In response, a coalition of national and local anti-immigrant groups successfully gathered enough signatures to put a measure on the November 2014 ballot that will allow Oregon voters to decide the driver’s license issue. The coalition of anti-immigrant activists and groups behind the “No” vote have a history of bigoted statements and ties to extremists.
Through legislative advocacy, legal briefs, public education and training ADL has supported meaningful immigration reform that honors our values as a nation of immigrants.
After spending the summer orchestrating a campaign in opposition to unaccompained minors fleeing violence in Central America, the anti-immigrant movement has now focused its attention on a new target—agencies that are aiding the children.