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Nativist threats this winter: Anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim agenda dominates at state and federal level


Imagine2050 Staff • Feb 27, 2017
Photo source: Dawn Paley, via Flickr. Modifications made.
Photo source: Dawn Paley, via Flickr. Modifications made.

November’s election presented a significant gain for organized racist movements and the nativist threats they pose. Reduced turnout, due to both deliberate voter suppression measures and voter apathy, paved the way for President Trump’s Electoral College victory.

The President, who regularly sought guidance from prominent nativist elected officials and Beltway groups on the campaign trail, has subsequently welcomed these same individuals to the White House and quickly begun enacting their extremist agenda.

ANTI-IMMIGRANT AND ANTI-MUSLIM THREATS IN THE UNITED STATES: A QUARTERLY ASSESSMENT | WINTER 2017

As is always the case, this mobilization of nativist forces is not isolated to Washington. At the state level, nativist groups have renewed their efforts to push destructive, dangerous, and bigoted policies targeting immigrant and other communities of color. Officials at all levels of government are seeking to advance punitive measures for so-called sanctuary jurisdictions. The Trump administration’s executive orders and memoranda on immigration enforcement have encouraged agencies to ramp up enforcement measures and ruthlessly tear families apart.

Anti-Muslim groups like ACT for America and the Center for Security Policy are also encouraging efforts in states from Idaho to Vermont to pass fear-mongering anti-Shariah legislation and halt refugee resettlement. Anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists like John Guandolo also continue to lead dangerous trainings about Islam and Muslims for law enforcement.

With the new administration, these policies are already receiving a near-unprecedented level of support from the federal level. Indeed, some of President Trump’s executive actions blatantly encourage these dangerous policies. Thousands have already suffered devastating separation from family, profiling and harassment by federal authorities, loss of freedom of movement, detention and deportation.

ANTI-IMMIGRANT AND ANTI-MUSLIM THREATS IN THE UNITED STATES: A QUARTERLY ASSESSMENT | WINTER 2017

Today, the Center for New Community (CNC) is releasing its latest quarterly threat assessment detailing nativist activity. As with previous installments, the new CNC report also includes information on how to counter this activity in your community.

The winter quarterly threat assessment also includes links to two resources CNC has released this year: Nativists at the White House and Islamophobia Academy.

Click here to read the full report or read it below.

The Center for New Community is a 501(c)(3) organization and does not endorse any political parties or candidates for elected office. This report, and any other publication from the Center for New Community, is not intended to support or oppose any candidates for elected office.

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