Lukasik, Middle Eastern Christians and the US immigration debate

Lukasik, Candace. 2020. “Middle Eastern Christians and the US Immigration Debate.” Anthropology News website, March 5, 2020. DOI: 10.1111/AN.1367

The Trump administration has focused policy on aiding persecuted Middle Eastern Christians, and the Copts have figured prominently in such initiatives. Although Copts stand as the exemplary Christian victims of Islamic terrorism within such circles, their struggles as people of color and migrants in the age of Donald Trump are not alleviated by their privileged status among Christian leaders and Western policymakers. Along with other communities of color, they face discrimination because of their racial difference from white America, and Copts encounter the same sort of targeted profiling and hate crimes as do their American Muslim counterparts, racialized and securitized after 9/11.