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New Report Reveals Immigration Debate Re-energizing Ku Klux Klan

LatinaLista — For every five steps we think we’re taking to cleanse this country of racism, discrimination and prejudice, we always end up sliding back and starting all over again.

The latest example of how we’re dancing around the issue of prejudice and racism in this country is the news that the Ku Klux Klan is enjoying a “rebirth” these days.


(Source: Anti-Defamation League)

The Anti-Defamation League released a new report today citing how the polarizing issues of illegal immigration, gay marriages and urban crime have re-energized a group that was dying out but has taken new life by feeding on the frenzy stirred by Congressional opportunists.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, who tracks the activities of hate groups, there has been … a noticeable spike in activity by Klan chapters across the country. The KKK believes that the U.S. is “drowning” in a tide of non-white immigration, controlled and orchestrated by Jews, and is vigorously trying to bring this message to Americans concerned or fearful about immigration.

The report says that among the states registering an increase in Klan activity or growth are: Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Michigan and Nebraska.

Most of these states have seen their Spanish-speaking immigrant population double or triple over the last few years.

Though the KKK adheres to old-fashioned hate and Dooms Day predictions to rally new members, they are now totally 21st Century savvy – which means they aren’t so easy to pick out in the white hoods and robes and burning crosses anymore.

Nowadays, they blend in with the neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups. Yet, what is really troubling is that they’re bonding with these other hate groups to grow their ranks, and spread their intolerance.

The ironic thing is that the honest critics of illegal immigration, who may not agree with the methods and message of these hate groups, are finding themselves spewing the same irrational doctrine that these groups, who thrive on people’s fear of those who are different, are declaring.

At the rate anti-undocumented immigrant hysteria is growing in this country, there won’t be much difference between hate group members and all those who are trying to drive out the undocumented from this country.

Which gives rise to the question: Which is worse, having a group of people who are here illegally, but only to work or empowering and strengthening a group responsible for the darkest chapters of American History?

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