A new report by the Anti-Defamation League shows the KKK is attracting new members, in part by exploiting current hot-button issues like immigration and gay marriage.
ADL Civil Rights Director Deborah Lauter says the Klan has always used immigration as a scapegoat, but Hispanics are now being targeted more than before.
Although the KKK has always had a base in the American South, shes concerned about its growing popularity in Midwest states like Michigan, Iowa and Nebraska and in Mid-Atlantic states like New Jersey and Maryland.
In recent years, white supremacists did most of their organizing on the internet, but, these days, the Klan is back to wearing the trademark white sheets as well as costumes of other color in very public rallies.
Ironically, Lauter says the Klan claims the organization wants to save America, but much of the white extremist rhetoric is used in the Islamic world to incite hatred against the U.S.
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