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Obama Issues Powerful Rebuke To Donald Trump In State Of The Union Speech

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

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The Bigger the Lie the More People Believe It

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Evelyn Leopold

The problem in the never-ending presidential campaign is that words matter, and candidate Donald Trump has had an impact on Republicans, and sometimes even the Obama administration, when it comes to refugees and migrants. The nativist repetition about the evils of Islamic foreigners and Hispanic migrants resonates.

The men uniting nativists and Islamophobes

Lindsay Schubiner | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Lindsay Schubiner

Anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney has received more media attention than usual this week after Donald Trump cited Gaffney's Islamophobic...

Why Trump's Comments Undermine What It Means to Be an American

Murali Balaji | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
Murali Balaji

While Muslim-Americans have, for years, contended with increased scrutiny and suspicion, at least in localized settings or from communities in which any non-white, non-Christian group is unwelcome, Donald Trump's comments earlier this week strike a much deeper, darker tone.

The American Nationalism Problem

Keith Gaddie | Posted 12.06.2015 | Politics
Keith Gaddie

The story we tell ourselves is that the American identity is rooted not in place, but in the acceptance of a common set of ideals, irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity. The politics of the last decade, however, have strained the notion of e pluribus unum, revealing among whites three definitions of the American nation that are exclusive rather than inclusive.

New Rule: Stop Slagging Off 14 Year-Olds

Mike Mennonno | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Mike Mennonno

Sometimes even a "real liberal" like Maher needs a gentle reminder: Trump & Co. are a much bigger threat to America than Ahmed & Friends will ever be.

The Pope Is Coming to Get Us -- At Least That's What We Used to Think

Edward T. O'Donnell | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Edward T. O'Donnell

Anti-Catholicism has deep roots in American history. But its hey day was the mid-nineteenth century. What sparked this surge in anti-Catholic hostility was the arrival of several million Catholic immigrants from Europe, primarily Ireland, Germany, and later Italy.

What Pope Francis Must Say to Donald Trump

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 08.27.2015 | Entertainment
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

I encourage Pope Francis to address the language of coarse hatred that is increasingly becoming de rigeur in American politics. No doubt he is far too sophisticated to call out Donald Trump by name. But Trumpism is an ominous trend that must be denounced.

'Anchor Babies' and the GOP's Manifest Destiny Politics

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 08.23.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Trump's call for a wall to protect U.S. borders from marauding Mexican criminals not only demonizes Latinos, but evokes toxic themes of Manifest Destiny that were used to justify American expansionism into Mexico. Themes that allowed white folk -- the U.S.' original "anchor babies" -- to be legitimized as citizens.

Bad Blood on the Border

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

A great American tradition: keeping people out.

Research Suggests Nativism Drives Opposition to Health Care Reform

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

When opponents of the ACA consistently framed the law as somehow outside the ideological boundaries of what is traditionally considered "American" public policy, those in the public with existing nativist attitudes would become more likely to oppose the ACA.

'The Immigrants Are Coming, The Immigrants Are Coming!' -- Nativism Driving Immigration Reform Debate?

Axel W. Caballero | Posted 04.27.2013 | Latino Voices
Axel W. Caballero

Who cares about the details? If you call it "reform" then "reform" it will be. After all, the main goal is not really to reform the system and strengthen the rights of 11 million people.

Not a Native American? You're an Immigrant

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Contrary to the popular belief that we are swimming in more immigrants than ever, in 1890 14.8 percent of our population was foreign-born compared to today's 12.5 percent. And the number of illegal immigrants is on the decline.

Know Nothings and Immigrants: Some Things Never Change

James Peron | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
James Peron

The complaints that were made about Irish immigrants are pretty similar to those we hear today about Mexican immigrants. The xenophobes insisted the Irish were lazy, prone to crime, drank too much, and were stealing jobs from good white Americans.

Nativist Laws Wreak Havoc Across Nation

Mark Potok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Potok

In the absence of national action on immigration reform, states and local communities have attempted to fill the gap, passing and defending ill-advised laws that seek to preempt federal power over immigration.

The Deportation Regime

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arlene M. Roberts

Freedom of movement, the ability to cross borders, to create a new life in an adopted homeland is a goal to which many aspire - and even achieve. Imm...

Republicans Betray National Security With Impunity

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

This week, Senate Republicans held the US Military and their families hostage to appease their extremist, reactionary fringe. Yet, on Thursday in DC, ...

Archbishop Dolan: Show Leadership on Mosque

Jim O'Grady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim O'Grady

What Archbishop Dolan is uniquely qualified to do is promote understanding and help tamp down an incendiary issue by telling the story of Irish Catholics in America.

Greenwash: Nativists Cynically Working to Co-Opt Environmental Movement

Mark Potok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mark Potok

Environmentalists need to be aware of so-called "progressives for immigration reform" and their true motives. These individuals and organizations do not see protecting the environment as their primary goal.

The Birthers Ruined Schwarzenegger's White House Chance

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

The Republicans siding with the Birthers and generally ramping up of the anti-immigration sentiment, are shooting themselves in the foot.

"No Immigrants. No Catholics": The Other Morse Code

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

In the midst of the ongoing immigration and "Christian nation" debates, it is always instructive to look at America's past for clues to the present.

Hate Crimes Against Immigrants in a Post-Racial Society

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Arlene M. Roberts

Earlier this week jurors returned a guilty verdict in a trial on Long Island. The teenage defendant was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime in ...

The Tea Party Movement Is Undemocratic, Futile, and Violent at Its Core

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

At one of his town hall meetings, Glenn Beck asked, "How many think that change in this country will come from Washington?" No one raised their hand. Then where will it come from, and how?

Obama's Anti-Stimulus

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

The forced downsizing of American Apparel is more than a tragedy. It is a canary in the coalmine for how the most vulnerable populations in this country will fare under the Obama administration.

Racism at Root of Nativist Movement

Mark Potok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Potok

John Tanton, the architect of the movement and founder of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), has a more than 30-year history of racial extremism.