Saturday, August 29, 2015

America has always been hostile to immigrants

 - The Washington Post -

At what point, in this great nation of immigrants, did calling someone an “immigrant” become such an insult?

Recent
weeks — on the campaign trail and elsewhere — have been filled with
ugly rhetoric about immigration status or other ethnic impurities, even
when the target of such attacks has entered the country legally, is a
naturalized American or is even an American by birth but descended from
the wrong kind of parents. Witness Donald Trump’s proposal to deport
first-generation Americans whose citizenship is conferred upon them,
constitutionally, by birth. Witness legions of white nationalists lining
up behind him, and the coded “dog-whistle politics” that other
candidates are invoking to attract their own anti-immigrant coalitions.

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