Nativism Watch

Krikorian responds to scathing Times editorial: Don’t call me a nativist. I’m a ‘citizenist.’


Imagine2050 Staff • Jan 26, 2015
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In a brief post on conservative news website Ricochet, Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) Executive Director Mark Krikorian derided editors of the New York Times‘ use of the word “nativist” in the recent editorial “Nativist Lawsuit on the Texas Border.”

Krikorian contended that “an actual nativist would insist on discriminating against the foreign-born even if they were U.S. citizens.” Rather, Krikorian argues the term “citizenist” — a concept originally coined by white nationalist writer Steve Sailer — would be more appropriate.

Krikorian has approvingly cited the works of known white nationalists previously — including Sailer and others such as influential white nationalist thinkers Sam Francis and Samuel Huntington — the latter of which wrote a piece for Foreign Policy that advocated the creation of “a national organization promoting white interests.” Huntington also proclaimed, “There is no Americano dream. There is only the American dream created by an Anglo-Protestant society.”

Such opinions have largely influenced the nativist worldview that motivates many of the organized anti-immigrant movement’s leaders and communicators today.

Krikorian concludes his post speculating whether The Times‘ editors “prefer foreigners over Americans in general (including naturalized Americans) or whether they embrace the perverse twin of nativism and prefer the foreign-born in general (even if they’re now American citizens) over the native-born,” before concluding:

“I suspect what the New York Times really means by ‘nativist’ is someone who considers the concerns of his fellow Americans — natives and naturalized immigrants alike — before those of foreigners. If so, I plead guilty.

But the more accurate label for that is ‘patriot’.”

As the author of two books tiled, The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal (2008) and How Obama Is Transforming America Through Immigration (2010)¸ it seems unlikely Mark Krikorian genuinely views naturalized immigrants as “his fellow Americans.”

Though it is expected he would begrudgingly tolerate them in order to keep his nativist policy goals salient in political circles.

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