Right-Wing Nativists Tap Into Post-9/11 Anxiety

In the year and a half since more than 1 million people took part in "A Day Without an Immigrant," right-wing nativists have taken the legislative offensive against immigrants and the rule of law by proposing more than 200 local anti-illegal immigrant ordinances and resolutions around the country. These resolutions are a piece in a larger post-9/11 movement to convince Americans that foreigners threaten the American way of life. Although racist, manipulative and unconstitutional, they are surprisingly effective.

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