Monday, September 5, 2016

Latino immigrants are unnoticed casualties of US 'war on terror' – study

By Alan Yuhas, The Guardian
August 21, 2016

The war on terror has inordinately affected Latino immigrants for the last 15 years, according to two sociologists who say Donald Trump has simply made explicit fears that long linked linked terrorism with anxieties about migrants and Muslims.

In a research paper presented on Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Seattle, Luís Romero and Amina Zarrugh, sociologists at the University of Texas at Austin, argued that since the attacks of September 11 2001, the US has increasingly merged terrorism and immigration in official policy and the daily work of its government agencies.

“Trump is articulating, in its most explicit terms, a connection that’s been insinuated and elaborated perhaps less colorfully and less explicitly, but that’s been going on for quite some time,” Zarrugh said. “The American public has been primed for these connections for at least a decade.”

She and Romero pored over 15 years’ worth of speeches and government documents to chart the merger and its effect on Latinos. Months after the attack, congressmen started warning of “porous borders”, and years of false claims and alarming ads about terrorist activity at or near the border followed.[...]

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