Aziz Rana talks to Daniel Denvir about the long history of the bipartisan war on immigrants and the intersection of white supremacist and nativist movements with anti-immigrant policy. Dan Denvir is the author of All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It.
It was anti-immigrant politics that made Donald Trump president, thanks to the long bipartisan war on immigrants that came before. After COVID-19 all but suspended immigration, Trump has seized the opportunity to impose radical restrictions.
Issues as diverse as austerity economics, free trade, mass incarceration, the drug war, the contours of the post 9/11 security state, and, yes, Donald Trump and the Alt-Right movement are united by the ideology of nativism, which binds together assorted anxieties and concerns into a ruthless political project.
Daniel Denvir is a Fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute and host of The Dig, a podcast from Jacobin magazine. His journalistic work covers criminal justice, the drug war, immigration, and politics and has appeared in the New York Times, Jacobin, Vox, the Nation, the Guardian, and elsewhere.
Aziz Rana is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and the author of The Two Faces of American Freedom.
Co-sponsored by Verso Books and Jacobin magazine.
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