Nation, State, and Citizenship

Nov 27, 2014, 17:11
The nativist political committee Protect Oregon Driver Licenses was among the reasons Measure 88 went down to defeat in Oregon

Dissecting the Nativist Victory in Oregon

11.13.2014

Despite the valiant efforts of unions, immigrant rights and progressive groups, nativists successfully led an effort to repeal hard-fought legislation to provide driver cards to undocumented immigrants in Oregon.

IREHR examines the behind-the-scenes political committees, uncovers the network of anti-immigrant and Tea Party groups in the state, and follows the money to find out how nativists were victorious in Oregon. We also look at what the nativist victory portends for national immigration reform in 2015 and beyond.

A  Brief History of Nativism: Part Three

A Brief History of Nativism: Part Three

01.24.2014
This is the third installment in a special seven-part series "A Brief History of Nativism: Anti-Immigrant Bigotry in the American Past", providing an overview of these major movements, as well as the accompanying shifts in American immigration policy and their consequences. The first installment, "Colonial Dreams and Independent Reactions" is available here. The Second installment, "Knowing Nothing in Antebellum America" is available here.

A banner of the Know Nothings.

A Brief History of Nativism: Part Two

10.10.2013

This is the second installment in a special seven-part series "A Brief History of Nativism: Anti-Immigrant Bigotry in the American Past", providing an overview of these major movements, as well as the accompanying shifts in American immigration policy and their consequences. The first installment,  "Colonial Dreams and Independent Reactions" is available here.

A Brief History of Nativism 

Part II: Knowing Nothing in Antebellum America

When the first United States Congress met at Federal Hall in New York City (pictured above)  the second piece of legislation passed in the second session codified racial discrimination into immigration policy

A Brief History of Nativism: Part One

10.09.2013

A Brief History of Nativism: Anti-Immigrant Bigotry in the American Past

Often thought of as a nation of immigrants, at times the United States has also been a nation of nativists. Nativism, the fear of and hostility toward immigrants or other perceived "aliens," has been a mainstay of the American political landscape, even if xenophobic agitating has at times receded. At times, the U.S has been a refuge for the "homeless, tempest-tost." At other times, Americans have lashed out against newcomers, and made them the victims of mob violence, discriminatory legislation, and populist demagoguery. Both inclusiveness and nativism date to the founding of the country.

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