A Quarterly Assessment Winter 2017
 ANTI-IMMIGRANT AND ANTI-MUSLIM THREATS IN THE UNITED STATES
 
 ANTI-IMMIGRANT AND ANTI-MUSLIM THREATS IN THE UNITED STATES
  A Quarterly Assessment Winter 2017
Table of Contents
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Introduction 3
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Scope of Work 4
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Icon Key 5
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National 5
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 Western Region 7
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Southern Region 10
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Midwest Region 13
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Eastern Region 15
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Moving to Action 16
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Looking Ahead 20
 
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Introduction
The opening weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency have affirmed many of the fears communities of color and other targeted communities harbored during last year’s campaign. Amid his many headline-grabbing tweets, breaks from expected decorum, and attacks on the media, the president has signed over a dozen executive orders designed to implement nativist policy goals. The orders, which have already adversely affected thousands of immigrants and people of color directly, signal that the president’s words on the campaign trail were not empty promises. Meanwhile, a majority of Congress has proven unwilling to oppose the new president’s extreme actions. Congress has approved every one of the myriad unqualified and even overtly racist individuals the president has chosen to serve in his administration--with little to no opposition in most cases. This effective rubber stamping of Trump’s priorities is a dangerous sign and sets the stage for a regression in numerous policy areas, including the advance of legally-sanctioned nativism.  While members of Congress are failing to provide a check on the executive branch, they are also working to strip themselves of accountability. Lawmakers inaugurated the 115th Congress with a sneaky, late night effort to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. The effort was fortunately abandoned following intense public pressure, but it was a telling sign that lawmakers in the majority would, much like the new president, quickly act to further entrench their own power. State lawmakers are also following in the president’s fear mongering footsteps. Legislation to restrict refugee resettlement and impose punitive measures on so-called sanctuary cities has been introduced in statehouses across the country. The Center for New Community noted the anti-immigrant movement would pursue this anti-sanctuary strategy at the state level last fall. With allies at virtually all levels of government, the movement’s destructive nativist agenda is sure to make gains in the coming months.
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Nativism
 is a racist, xenophobic ideology that supports attacking and excluding immigrants and those thought to be foreign to the dominant culture. Nativism is  based on the deep-seated belief, drawn from white supremacy, that the targeted outsiders are racially, culturally, or religiously inferior.
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