White House Ties to Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Muslim Leaders

On April 9, U.S. House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on hate crimes and the rise of White nationalism focused primarily on platform accountability and law enforcement solutions, while xenophobic movements promoting anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim bigotry continue to radically shape the country’s national security and immigration system in ways not seen in over two decades.

The influence of organized anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim movements is readily apparent in policy changes over the last two years. Such changes range from the administration’s attacks on family reunification and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), an environment in which violent targeting of mosques and places of worship of those perceived to be Muslim has spiked, the Muslim Ban, to increasingly overzealous enforcement practices and rescinding benefits of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for undocumented youth. Both movements have significant overlap with White nationalist ideologies and actors.