American Immigration laws are racist.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa! How can you say that you dirty lib???”
Well, because they are and they always have been.
Not just racist, but designed to create a path for a certain type of person (white, European, Christian) that is more easily trod than for others (say, black, or Asian, or non-Christian).
Our very first immigration law, the Naturalization Act of 1790 (we didn’t even have a Bill of Rights yet!) specified that the only people who could become citizens were “…free White persons of good character.” It SPECIFICALLY denied citizenship to “… Indians, indentured servants, slaves, free blacks and later Asians.” (Though at the time it was possible for free black to be citizens of some STATES, they could not be citizens of the nation as a whole).
This is also the law that established the legal concept that any child born of American FATHERS abroad were “natural born citizens.” This law was later amended to include mothers.
Suck it, Birthers.
It would not be until 1870 and the passage of the Naturalization of 1870 (shocking name) that citizenship was extended to “…aliens of African nativity and to persons of African descent.” (Uh, yeah, there’s this whole Constitutional Amendment involved as well).
That law however STILL denied all other non-whites citizenship.
The Page Act of 1875 & the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 targeted… well… Chinese to start with… but also “…women of loose morals.” – which at the time could mean any NON-WHITE single woman.
The Chinese Exclusion Act doesn’t even pretend, it says (in part) that it is, “a response to racism [in America] and to anxiety about threats from cheap labor [from China].” 😐 It won’t be repealed until 1943.
The Immigration Act of 1906 goes beyond racism and into other categories; “anarchists, people with epilepsy, beggars, and importers of prostitutes.” Ya know, Anarchists, o.k., fine, they’re assholes. But, people with epilepsy… Fuck you Congress… fuck you very much.
The Act of 1917 further barred Asians from citizenship and even just coming to America. It also created a “reading test.” If you study the history of reading tests, you know that they’re not really there to test “reading skills.”
The Cable act of 1922 is the act that deals with mothers also being able to give birth to “natural born citizens” if away from the United States by repealing that Expatriation Act of 1907 which, which was the latest version of a law that said that if a woman married a foreigner she took on her husband’s citizenship – so far it’s the one good thing on this list…but…the Expatriation Act of 1907 WTH???
The National Origins Formula establishes the quota system of quota-nations and non-quota nations. The non-Quota-nations – Ireland, Germany, and the United Kingdom – which make up 70% of immigration at the time.
This goes on, and on, and on.
The idea of “illegal immigration” is a problem created by our own inherently racist system. And it’s a problem that isn’t a real problem to begin with. Illegal immigration at its peak in the 1970’s equaled one-half of one percent of the United States population. Today, that number is MUCH, much lower, in fact, in the last years of the Obama administration, it was in the negatives.
In fact, every undocumented immigrant (11-12.5 million depending on who you ask) in the nation makes up about 3.692%.
If you’ve been negatively affected by that, you need to look at yourself. (Still trying to figure out how to TAKE a job…seriously…)
The drama at the border, the crimes being committed against children by the regime in charge now? Crimes being committed by the pretender in the White House? It is political theater designed to get the ignorant, the racist, and the complicit up in arms. That doesn’t make it any less heinous, if anything, it makes it more so as it is designed to distract. I’m not distracted.
As a nation, we need to repeal ALL our immigration laws and start over from a blank slate. a TWO YEAR WAIT TIME for a simple residence visa, is unacceptable. Ten to SEVENTEEN years for a green card? You want to solve the immigration problem? Fix that.