The Troubling Link Between Attacks on Immigrants and Repression of Labor
Date Written: 2018-12-15
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23179
A look at the targeting of immigrants and its connection to attacks on labour movements, and how it leads to disturbing increases in violations of civil liberties.
The Republican pre-election strategy of exploiting "the caravan" was irredeemably ugly.
It's hard to say what was worse: the shameless and farcical framing of a helpless stream of people as a national security threat, or the president's off-hand suggestion that these people might actually be funded by the prime villain of most anti-Semitic conspiracy theories: George Soros.
Few commentators have failed to point out the obvious effects of this gutter-politics playbook: the debasement of public discourse on immigration policy; the wink-and-nudge of encouragement offered to the most sinister fringes of the American far-right; or the aggravation of racial animosity against people of color in the United States.