Prejudice against immigrants is nothing new. One does not need to go back too far into history to find see that the same prejudices and fears that existed about immigrants in the past still exist today.
Recently, writer Sasha Polakow-Suransky published Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy. A journalist by trade, the writer exposes how the raw nerves of hate, prejudice and anti-immigration are infecting first world democracies and how liberal democracy is being threatened by the rising tide of hate and fear.
What strikes me about this book is that many of us who call ourselves liberals are closing our eyes. We believe it is 2017 and labels such as race, class, religion, family origin, etc are meaningless. The truth is that these labels carry as much weight and power as they did in previous generations and threaten to destroy the progress that we all have made to create a free and equal society.
I absolutely recommend it.