Economy should not dictate immigration laws
Is it easier to blame economically tough times on immigrants that are dissimilar? Historically, the answer is yes. Since 1798, immigration laws have been dividing the land of the free.
First, the nativist movement advocated against the immigration of Catholics. When the anti-Catholicism movement didn’t amount to action, the nativist party adopted an anti-Chinese immigration stance. The Chinese immigrants were being blamed for the depression of the United States economy in the 1870s and there was an idea that the Chinese were stealing jobs that weren’t theirs to take. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 deported thousands of Chinese people, and the act was not repealed until 1943.
During the Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of people of Mexican descent were expelled from the country, regardless of their status as a United States citizen. Two decades later, Operation Wetback was launched by the attorney general. This process deported more than 1 million persons of Mexican descent, and again it did not matter if they were citizens or not because they were not given their constitutional rights to a hearing.
During these anti-immigration times, the restrictions on immigrants from western and northern European countries were non-existent. Western Hemisphere aliens were exempt from quotas most of the time, and were welcomed graciously because they were assimilable.
For this election, I would like everybody to vote for a candidate that doesn’t look for a culturally dissimilar group for which to blame the country’s problems. We do not need to repeatedly subjugate a whole group of people to solve a problem that has never been solved by deporting fellow human beings. Kathryn Marini, Indian Head