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 Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed President Obama’s executive action on immigration, calling it “an important step toward fixing our nation’s broken immigration system.”
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.