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Anti-Immigrant

Anti-immigrant hate groups are the most extreme of the hundreds of nativist and vigilante groups that have proliferated since the late 1990s, when anti-immigrant xenophobia began to rise to levels not seen in the U.S. since the 1920s.

Top Takeaways

Anti-immigrant hate groups continued to have unprecedented access to the halls of power in 2019. Despite their extremism, hate groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform and Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) have become go-to resources for immigration policy for the Trump administration. The number of anti-immigrant groups increased from 17 to 20 in 2019. The small jump came from an increase in state-based groups. While the administration was enacting draconian nativist policies at the federal level, local groups were engaging in their own anti-immigrant activism. 

Key Moments

In July, John Tanton, the architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement, died at age 85. In August, a gunman killed 22 people and wounded 24 at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Authorities believe an anti-immigrant manifesto that denounced the “Hispanic invasion” of Texas is associated with the alleged shooter. News outlets like The Washington Post noted that ideas featured in the manifesto were similar to those promoted by established anti-immigrant groups. Mark Krikorian, executive director of CIS, tried to brush off the connection but also told the Post that the manifesto was “remarkably well-written for a 21-year-old loner.”

What’s Ahead

Anti-immigrant groups have been ecstatic over President Trump’s immigration policies. Emboldened by Trump for at least one more year, they are likely to continue pushing nativist policies at the federal, state and local level. Since immigration will likely be a prominent topic in the 2020 election cycle, these groups will surely attempt to inject their agenda into the mainstream political conversation.

Background

Although many groups criticize high levels of immigration and some (categorized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “nativist extremist” groups) typically confront or harass individual immigrants and their supporters, anti-immigrant hate groups generally go further by pushing racist propaganda.

2019 anti-immigrant hate groups

View all groups by state and by ideology.
*Asterisk denotes headquarters.

American Border Patrol
Sierra Vista, AZ
American Immigration Control Foundation/Americans for Immigration Control
Monterey, VA
Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC)
Raleigh, NC
AZ Patriots
Arizona
Californians for Population Stabilization
Ventura, CA
Center for Immigration Studies
Washington, DC
Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform
Lakewood, CO
The Dustin Inman Society
Marietta, GA
Federation for American Immigration Reform
Washington, DC
Floridians for Immigration Enforcement
Pompano Beach, FL
Help Save Maryland
Monkton, MD
Immigration Reform Law Institute
Washington, DC
Legal Immigrants for America
Winter Springs, FL
Mountain Minutemen
Tecate, CA
Oregonians for Immigration Reform
Salem, OR
ProEnglish
Arlington, VA
The Remembrance Project
Houston, TX
Respect Washington
Burien, WA
San Diegans for Secure Borders
San Diego, CA
Texans for Immigration Reduction and Enforcement
Houston, TX