Anti-Immigrant Groups Demonize Hispanics
As the national debate
over immigration reached a fever pitch, some mainstream advocacy groups
"reached for the playbook of hate groups" -- resorting to hateful and
dehumanizing stereotypes and outright bigotry to demonize immigrants.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which monitors extremist groups and
their rhetoric with regard to the immigration debate, has exposed a new
development where some of the more mainstream anti-immigrant groups
increasingly are adopting the tactics and rhetoric of racist groups and
moving it into the mainstream.
"Under the guise of warning about the impact of illegal immigration in
the rush to thwart the immigration bill from becoming law, some
anti-immigrant groups reached for the playbook of hate groups," said
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "They have taken hateful and
racist rhetoric and brought it into the mainstream."