Is immigration Law inherently Xenophobic? Xenophobia is defined by wikipedia as “a fear and contempt of foreigners.” Immigration laws are created to include or exclude “foreigners”. At its root then, immigration laws, no matter for which country it is, is necessitated by inherent xenophobia. The horrible discrimination and inequity of the history of US immigration laws clearly reveals this. A body of law that rises from prejudice and hatred towards fellow citizens of the world thus cannot ipso facto be fair.