When anti-immigrant zealots publicize their opposition to policies that they perceive as “pro-immigrant,” they often insist that their motives are not racist. The anti-immigrant movement has carefully maintained that it is only opposed to “illegal” immigration, and welcomes immigrants who “follow the rules” and enter the country legally. Many pundits and presidential candidates similarly embrace this rhetoric. But their assertions are in fact disingenuous.
What’s more, immigrant women bear the brunt of these anti-immigrant attacks. Take the issue of birthright citizenship.