Trend Analysis

Emily Juniper
English 1
April 14th, 2011
Rising Trend in Anti-Hispanic Immigration
Nativism is a term for opposing views than those of newcomers, or an opposition to immigrants, and has been a part of the fabric of the United States since its very creation. The sheer volume of Hispanic immigration over the years has been proposed as a threat to the American culture, identity, and values that built the American Dream. Unlike immigrant groups from the past, Hispanic immigrants have chosen to not assimilate into the mainstream dominant culture and have instead embraced their own culture, heritage, and language. Therefore nativist ideals and anti-immigration sentiments have emerged as an attempt to end the division of the United States into two peoples, two cultures, and two languages.
Throughout the history of the United States, the dominant white culture has used nativist and racist ideals to “support exclusion and restriction, to create the ideology of modern racism” (Kilty and Vidal de Haymes 5). This racism was the driving force behind the enslavement of African Americans, the justification behind the destruction of Native Americans, and now fuels the restrictions placed on citizenship (Kilty and Vidal de Haymes 5). According to researchers Martin and Midgley, over sixty million” immigrants” have come to this country since the founding of the United States (qtd. in Kilty and Vidal de Haymes 6), and they identify three primary phases of immigration policy: a “laissez-faire” period, a period of “qualitative restrictions,” and a period of “quantitative restrictions” (qtd. in Kilty and Vidal de Haymes 7). Martin and Midgley go on to explore the evolution of the immigration policies in U.S. history. The first era, or laissez-faire period, encouraged immigrants to come to the new world in order to fulfill the need for laborers. Although there were some issues with the Irish and German Catholic immigrants, such hostility was often overlooked due to other...