|Mapping the New Nativism|
|Thursday, 11 January 2007|
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Mapping the New Nativism
By the Staff of the Center for New Community
Over the last three decades, the anti-immigrant movement marched from the margins to the political mainstream, becoming a loud and disturbingly popular expression of white nationalism that many are calling the “new nativism.” Today, that movement is surging well beyond the Beltway, popping up in communities in every region of the country.
What is Nativism?
Nativism has been defined as "the policy of protecting the interests of native inhabitants against those of immigrants,” and "the policy or practice of preserving or reviving an indigenous culture." Nativism reared its ugly head in earlier periods of American history, most notably in the 1850’s with the so-called “Know-Nothings,” and the 1920’s with the Ku Klux Klan. This time around, the goal of the anti-immigrant movement is preserve a white nation against an invisible “invasion” of brown-skinned, Spanish speaking immigrants. Today, their goals include a reduction in the number of all immigrants entering the United States, denial of rights to immigrants who make it here, and expulsion of those immigrants here without proper documentation.
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