Search Results for: Emily A. Whitfield

Oct
01
1993

Scapegoating Immigrants

Trade Center Bombing Used as Excuse to Attack Asylum Laws

In the wake of the World Trade Center bombing, a barrage of attacks on the asylum system in the U.S. has appeared in the media. These stories, which characterized the asylum procedure as a "scam" for entering the U.S., tended to feature the views of government officials and anti-immigrant "experts" without balancing arguments from immigrants or their advocates. The reports allowed critics of immigration to use the bombing to scapegoat asylum seekers and fan the flames of xenophobia. Francis X. Clines of the New York Times was one of the first to set the alarmist tone in a front-page story […]