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April 1, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Movement Pushes State Strategies In 2014

While the push for immigration reform at the federal level is currently at a standstill, the immigration debate at the state and local level is in high gear. Continuing the trend of the past few years, lawmakers are introducing large numbers of pro-immigrant legislation in states around the country.dc-march-for-jobs-380

In response, the anti-immigrant movement is implementing a multi-pronged strategy at the state and local level with several key goals in mind.  These include attempts to block legislation at the state level granting in-state tuition to qualified students, as well as driver’s licenses and other public benefits to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. In June 2012, President Obama issued the DACA executive order, which allows some eli­gi­ble undocumented youth who were not born in the U.S. but who were brought to the country at a young age to apply for tem­po­rary work autho­riza­tion, and calls for ICE agents to refrain from deporting them.

The anti-immigrant movement is also going beyond trying to prevent pro-immigrant legislation. Activists in the movement are attempting to get restrictive laws and policies on the books such as greater voter registration restrictions in the form of voter ID requirements and English-only laws at the state and local level.

Please see “Anti-Immigrant Movement Implements Nativist State Strategies in 2014” for more information.


El movimiento anti-inmigrante promueve las estrategias estatales en 2014

Mientras que el impulso a la reforma migratoria a nivel federal está actualmente frenado, el debate sobre la inmigración en el nivel local y estatal está en plena marcha. Continuando la tendencia de los últimos años, los legisladores están introduciendo numerosas leyes en favor de los inmigrantes en estados de  todo el país.

En respuesta, el movimiento anti-inmigrante está implementando una estrategia multifacética a nivel estatal y local con varios objetivos en mente.  Estos incluyen intentos para bloquear leyes a nivel estatal concediendo tarifas de matrícula estatal a estudiantes calificados, así como licencias de conducir y otros beneficios públicos a quienes cumplen los requisitos del Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Aplazamiento de Acciones contra Menores)(DACA). En junio de 2012, el Presidente Obama emitió la orden ejecutiva DACA que permite a algunos jóvenes indocumentados que no nacieron en Estados Unidos pero llegaron al país a una edad temprana solicitar permiso de trabajo temporal  y pide a los agentes del ICE  que se abstengan de deportarlos .

El movimiento anti-inmigrante también va más allá al tratar de evitar la legislación pro-inmigrantes. Los activistas del movimiento intentan implementar leyes y políticas restrictivas tales como mayores restricciones en la inscripción de votantes en forma de requisitos de identificación de votantes y leyes para que se utilice únicamente el inglés a nivel local y estatal.

Para mayor información, por favor consulte “Anti-Immigrant Movement Implements Nativist State Strategies in 2014”.


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February 5, 2014

ProEnglish Attacks Super Bowl Ad Promoting America’s Diversity

The anti-immigrant group ProEnglish is asking its activists to contact Coca-Cola about an ad the corporation aired during the Super Bowl depicting people of different ethnicities singing “America, the Beautiful” in a number of different languages.  ProEnglish claims the ad “directly undermined the spirit of national unity ‘America, the Beautiful’ was intended to foster.” The group went one step further, claiming Coke should “promote civic unity, not disunity.”pro-english-liberty-bell-adl

ProEnglish’s attacks on the Coca-Cola Corporation should be seen in light of its nativist agenda and xenophobic origins and ties. John Tanton, the racist architect of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement, founded ProEnglish in 1994. Tanton once wrote, “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” Tanton remains on the ProEnglish board to this day and though the organization is based in DC, it remains a “self-governing project” of Tanton’s Michigan-based umbrella anti-immigrant organization, U.S., Inc.

The goals of ProEnglish are to pass English-only bills at the local and state level as well as to make English the official language of the United States. These laws are often divisive. They limit access to the full range of government rights and benefits for immigrants residing in the United States. These laws also do not include steps to establish programs where immigrants can learn English. ProEnglish’s agenda divides communities in the United States over the issue of immigration.

The organization’s staff and activities are also problematic.  ProEnglish’s executive director, Robert Vandervoort, is report­edly the for­mer head of the white suprema­cist group Chicagoland Friends of Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a local chap­ter of the white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion Amer­i­can Renais­sance. ProEnglish sponsored a panel at the 2012 CPAC conference in Washington, D.C., featuring a number of racist speakers including Peter Brimelow, founder of the racist anti-immigrant website VDARE and John Derbyshire, a racist former National Review contributor who spoke at the 2013 American Renaissance conference. Later in 2012, ProEnglish sent a letter to House and Senate leaders in opposition of the issue of Puerto Rican statehood. A number of racists signed the letter including John Vinson, a found­ing mem­ber of the League of the South (LOS), a racist neo-Confederate orga­ni­za­tion. Vin­son was cred­ited with draft­ing the “Kin­ism State­ment,” a set of guid­ing prin­ci­ples for a mod­ern white suprema­cist inter­pre­ta­tion of Chris­tian­ity called “Kin­ism.”

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