ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-immigrant (audio)
: opposed to immigrants or immigration : characterized by or expressing opposition to or hostility toward immigrants
State and local politicians have used widespread public opposition to immigration to justify new anti-immigrant legislation.Robert K. Schaeffer
ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-immigrant (audio)
anti-immigration policies
News of the rising growth rate also prompted anti-immigration groups to claim that immigrants damage the environment. Priscilla Huang

Examples of anti-immigrant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That positive portrayal could be a call to arms to many politicians stoking the flames of anti-immigrant policies, but Garrone was gifted a distinctly Italian lifesaver when the movie arrived in local theaters. Gregory Ellwood, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 Fox News also did not comment on the report, but the scene was illustrative of the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has frequently been promoted on the right-wing network’s air. Jon Passantino, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 The AfD is currently running second in national polls but many have called out the party for its increasingly virulent anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Feb. 2024 The party’s platform has been called anti-immigrant, anti-Islamic and ethno-nationalist. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Feb. 2024 Fearing an influx of anti-immigrant protesters, some Latino rights groups are recommending security precautions to local communities. Hannah Allam, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Some people argue that the Biden administration’s mishandling of the border has given those who are anti-immigrant ammunition to advocate for draconian cuts to immigration, like mass roundups of undocumented people and shutting the border down. Lulu Garcia-Navarro, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 The walls were covered with exceedingly ugly anti-immigrant graffiti — mostly directed against Cubans — but a single anonymous response caught my eye. Sebastian Junger, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 While Haley has not raised the issues of her race, these claims -- as well as the ones against Obama and Harris -- have been criticized by some as an effort to appeal to those who are anti-immigrant and racist. Nicholas Kerr, ABC News, 19 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-immigrant was in 1858

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“Anti-immigrant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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