The extent to which Americans are ignorant of our history is ASTOUNDING.
The history of immigration laws is available to anyone – scads of articles, books, American History classes and courses, governmental and online sources are readily available. And yet, I have not read one news article, nor heard one “news reader” so-called expert or one lawyer even mention the history of U.S. immigration law.
We hear cries of “That’s not us” referring to social, racial, religious, or myriad other discriminatory distinctions as to “Who can become an American Citizen.” Many people stomp their feet in indignation at the very suggestion that the U.S.A. HAS EVER been unfair, arbitrary, politically motivated, stupid, vindictive, racist, childish or merely selective in it’s “don’t bother to apply for citizenship” lists.
ARE YOU KIDDING? A high percentage of American citizens TODAY would have failed the entrance exam in years past.
Persons not eligible to become U.S. citizens at various points in history.
1790 Other than WHITE MALES, every person on the planet is excluded. How clear is that message?
1882 Banned: ALL Chinese. And those convicted of “political offenses” and lunatics and idiots (That’s mentally retarded people and the mentally ill.) And those likely to need financial assistance (the poor).
1903 Banned: Polygamists and Political Radicals. (Mormons – that’s a religion, so don’t claim we’ve never targeted a religious group.)
1907 Banned: Those with physical or mental defects. Categories such as these allow for a wide spectrum of subjective interpretation. Those with tuberculosis and unaccompanied children. (Japanese immigration was also restricted)
1917 Illiterates, psychopathic inferiors; those intending immoral acts; alcoholics; stowaways and vagrants.
1924 Preference quota system enacted.
(Much more in the previous post and posts on American Eugenics – search my blog)
“The Final Solution.”
Much of U.S. immigration law was driven by the intent of keeping the U.S. a White Christian country, and by the American eugenics movement, which helped this “cause” by labeling non-white “foreigners” as immoral, defective, degenerate, subhuman, mentally deficient and unbalanced, and also sought to identify the same categories of people who were already in the U.S., and to eliminate “them” through sterilization of “defective” women. (Yes, this happened.)
Periods of increased laxity in immigration requirements were due to the need for desperate people who would provide cheap labor for the manufacturing industries.(Irish, Italian, Eastern Europeans) Low pay, dangerous working conditions, child labor, loss of life, high rates of disease and horrific inhumane living conditions were happily passed off as “opportunity” in service of vast corporate profits. The lack of “doing something” about illegal Central American and South American immigration is simply the same case of worker exploitation.
Immigration by well-educated, wealthy Asians can be seen as the importation of required “upscale workers” in tech industries due to the failure of the U.S. education system to equip American citizens with intellectual skills.
The ongoing effort by psychology and psychiatry to “root out” defective people can be seen in the growing obsession with diagnosis such as Autism, Asperger’s and the expanding list of psychopathologies in children. We might hope that this effort is the last gasp of immoral Eugenic monstrosities passed off as “science,” however,
genetic engineering of fetuses promises to make the elimination of “defective” human beings the perfect tool for implementing Eugenic goals.