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Category: Immigration Issues :: Anti-Immigrant Sentiment
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Where do 'religious freedom' acts mention gays or lesbians? 31.3.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Poor Mike Pence. The Indiana governor, eyeing a long-shot presidential bid, probably didn't expect the hot mess he got himself into by signing his state's version of the federal Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, or RFRA. And it showed.
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Norway: The Two Faces of Extremism 27.3.2015 Truthout.com
With Breivik has come the ominous knowledge that it takes only one jihadist - or counter-jihadist - to change everything, and that right-wing anti-immigration politics and jihadism are mutually reinforcing. "The relationship between the extremists is a symbiosis," said Shoaib Sultan. At the entrance to the sealed government district, young women look at the flowers left in tribute to those killed and injured in an explosion in Oslo, Norway on Sunday, July 24, 2011. Anders Behring Breivik, the man charged with the attacks that killed at least 93 people in Norway, claims to have acted alone and has admitted "to the facts" of the case, the police said. (Johan Spanner/The New York Times) 1. More Democracy, More Extremism? Last summer, on the evening of Aug. 16, 2014, Norway's largest tabloid, Verdens Gang, posted on its website an extended videotaped interview with Ubaydullah Hussain, the spokesman of a small Islamist fringe group called the Prophet's Umma (umma refers to the community of believers in ...
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Scott Walker softens immigration stance, dinner participants say 27.3.2015 Washington Post: Politics
This story has been updated.Likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker told a private gathering of New Hampshire business leaders earlier this month that he supports providing some illegal immigrants with a pathway to citizenship, according a person familiar with the discussion.Read full article ...
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Immigration: the big lie - video 24.3.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
A quarter of Britons think the government should encourage immigrants and their families to leave. That's people like Mehdi Hasan. He argues that while hostility to outsiders may not be a new phenomenon, the so-called immigration debate is now toxically out of control. Anti-immigration sentiment isn't a result of increased immigration, but fear and prejudice Continue ...
European politicians envy Canada’s points system for migrants. But how well has it worked? | Audrey Macklin 24.3.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Canada’s Conservative government is, ironically, now adopting European and Australian policies that make citizenship harder to get and easier to lose When political parties across the world complain about their own country’s “inefficient” way of coping with immigration, they frequently refer to us in Canada. The “points system” of selecting permanent immigrants according to their human capital – as calculated according to age, education, occupation, language ability and optional job offer – holds out the promise that the immigration system can do what eugenics could not: control entry into the political community of only the best and the brightest. And the fact that a Conservative government manages to cater to its anti-immigrant base while cultivating a substantial immigrant vote arouses curiosity and envy among European politicians of all stripes. The points system has been one of the two main portals into Canada since the 1960s (the other one being kinship). Yet its role is frequently overstated. Over ...
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Confronting the Rhetoric of "Black on Black Crime": A Response to Derailing Strategies 9.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
This article is dedicated to all those who seek to produce justice in the face of state sanctioned violence vis-à-vis police brutality, or what is understood in its sanitized version as "excessive force" targeting marginalized communities. Here, I define and examine a set of derailing strategies currently being used by mainstream media and state representatives to halt all conversation and protest regarding a long and well-documented history of police brutality and to detract us from the possibility of building broad-based coalitions. What are derailing strategies? Derailing strategies are rehearsed responses by the state, media representatives, and/or individuals that seek to derail and/or shift the focus of a conversation or debate in such a way that all conversation of the original issue ceases. The intent of a derailing strategy is to divert attention away from the main concern, to halt conversation, by introducing new sets of concerns that are more often than not tangentially related but that are ...
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Migrants and asylum seekers are not a zero-sum game 7.3.2015 New Scientist: GM Organisms
An unfounded fear of competition is driving anti-immigration sentiment in the West, but successful integration is possible, says a ...
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European commission considers third-country immigrant processing centres 5.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Brussels wants to use EU offices and embassies in ‘countries of origin’ to process applications for asylum and refugee status before migrants reach Europe

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Ukip is nothing new: the British Brothers’ League was exploiting immigration fears in 1901 4.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Nigel Farage would envy the power and influence the BBL wielded. But its crude rhetoric about immigrants flooding the nation is all too familiar Enoch Powell warned of “rivers of blood” . Margaret Thatcher, David Blunkett and Michael Fallon spoke of Britain’s towns being “swamped”. Ukip MEP Diana James claimed that the “floodgates would open”. Britain’s immigration “debate’’, it seems, has long been drowning in metaphors that play on people’s deepest existential fears. As far back as 1902, Cosmo Lang, bishop of Stepney , east London, accused immigrants of “swamping whole areas once populated by English people”. The local Conservative MP, Major William Evans-Gordon, concurred. Together with neighbouring Conservative MP Samuel Forde-Ridley and Captain Shaw of the Middlesex Regiment, Evans-Gordon forged a populist anti-immigrant movement called the British Brothers’ League (BBL), which launched itself at a 1,000-strong rally in the East End in May ...
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Anti-immigrant, anti-Renzi protesters rally supporters in Rome, far from northern power base 28.2.2015 Star Tribune: World
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At a conservative gathering, Jeb Bush hopes to change some minds 26.2.2015 Washington Post
The last time Jeb Bush spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference he delivered blunt talk — an unwelcome lecture, in the view of many — about the problems with the Republican Party.“All too often we’re associated with being ‘anti’ everything,” Bush said in 2013. “Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker, and the list goes on.”Read full article ...
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Russell Brand joins the queue to attack Tony Abbott 6.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

As the prime minister faces a leadership spill, British comedian posts a video taking aim at the Coalition’s immigration policies

Russell Brand has taken aim at Tony Abbott and Australia’s asylum-seeker policies.

The British comedian, who has rebranded himself as a political activist, said mandatory offshore detention and resettling asylum seekers in other countries was not in tune with modern-day, globalised society.

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Sweden's immigrant influx unleashes a backlash 6.2.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Across Europe, far-right anti-immigrant parties are gaining political power. The change has been especially dramatic in Sweden, which for decades has been known for its openness and tolerance.
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Sweden's Immigrant Influx Unleashes A Backlash 6.2.2015 NPR News
Long welcoming of refugees and asylum-seekers, Sweden is now seeing a backlash. An anti-immigration party is gaining strength, mosques have been fire-bombed, and anti-Semitism appears on the rise.
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Friends Like These 5.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Representative Steven King, speaking at an event. King once said on record that "For every one [immigrant student] who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert." He's also compared undocumented immigrants to dogs. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) When I was growing up, my older Mexican-American relatives had an expression: "Tell me who your friends are, and I'll tell you who you are." It was my family's way of making me careful about choosing my friends. Even then, I could see they were right. The smart kids mostly hung out with other smart kids. The athletes stuck with other athletes. The troublemakers befriended other troublemakers. That saying comes to mind when I think about the Iowa Freedom Summit , a big gathering in Des Moines that basically launched the 2016 Republican primary. Many potential GOP presidential candidates journeyed to the Hawkeye State to give ...
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Friends Like These 5.2.2015 Truthout.com
Representative Steven King, speaking at an event. King once said on record that "For every one [immigrant student] who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert." He's also compared undocumented immigrants to dogs. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) When I was growing up, my older Mexican-American relatives had an expression: "Tell me who your friends are, and I'll tell you who you are." It was my family's way of making me careful about choosing my friends. Even then, I could see they were right. The smart kids mostly hung out with other smart kids. The athletes stuck with other athletes. The troublemakers befriended other troublemakers. That saying comes to mind when I think about the Iowa Freedom Summit , a big gathering in Des Moines that basically launched the 2016 Republican primary. Many potential GOP presidential candidates journeyed to the Hawkeye State to give ...
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Migrant voters deciders in 25 seats in UK election: Study 31.1.2015 Hindu: Home
Voters who were born in India but settled in the United Kingdom form the largest grouping in a voter block represented by just under four million foreign-born migrants to the United Kingdom. Pakis...
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First Anti-Islam March by Pegida Movement Fizzles in Denmark 29.1.2015 Truthout.com
On January 19, 2015, supporters of the Pegida movement participated in their first Copenhagen rally, following earlier anti-Islam events in Dresden. In response, four times as many people showed up for an anti-Pegida rally to oppose their efforts. Journalists flocked to cover the first PEGIDA rally in Copenhagen, January 19, 2015, at the National Gallery of Art. (Photo: Linda Pershing) Do you want to see more stories like this published? Click here to help Truthout continue doing this work! On January 19, 2015, supporters of the Pegida movement participated in their first Copenhagen rally, following earlier anti-Islam events in Dresden. In response, four times as many people showed up for an anti-Pegida rally to oppose their efforts. On the evening of January 19, 2015, approximately 150 people gathered to support the Pegida movement's first rally in Copenhagen. Conservative political activist and leader of the grassroots organization Pegidadk ("dk" is for Denmark), Nicolai Sennels drew inspiration from ...
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Surge in migrant voters could swing vote in key UK constituencies 29.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Two seats may for first time be decided by migrants, who make up majority of voters, with parties warned not to ignore this electorate

A record number of people who were born outside the UK will be able to vote in this year’s general election and are likely to hold the balance of power in several key constituencies, according to the first comprehensive analysis of the migrant vote.

Almost 4 million voters – about one in 10 of the entire electorate in England and Wales - are predicted to have been born overseas come May and, for the first time, it is predicted that more than 50% of voters of the eligible electorate will have been born abroad in two seats.

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South African looters target immigrant shops in Johannesburg area, exposing social tensions 25.1.2015 Star Tribune: World
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