America Must Be Kept American

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Anna Olson

America must be kept American” is indeed a patriotic call for tighter immigration rules. But which president had this as a rallying call for immigration reform?

 

Southern and eastern Europeans, especially Italians and eastern European Jews were the “undesirables” back in 1924. When Coolidge signed the Immigration Act of 1924 there was a growing concern that the increase in immigration from these areas was much too high. The new law all but eliminated immigration from those parts of the world.

All the buzz back then was that too many of these people would dilute the American blood line. Which is code talk for a desire to keep America northern European white. These racist views on immigration were encouraged by the Eugenics movement which help mold public opinion in a major way. This is the same movement which encouraged institutionalizing and/or sterilizing mentally or physically handicapped people.

The 1924 Immigration Act is yet another example of why restricting immigration based on race or place of birth is ill conceived. I’m sure you recognize how this topic relates to our 2017 immigration debates. Sadly, history repeats itself.

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My goal is to write excellent novels about three women I met in the mid to late 1970's. Each woman was a prisoner of their environment. Each woman survived extreme hardships to prove they were worthy of a better life.

1 Comment

  1. Dennis says

    Harvey,

    Over a lifetime I have learned a couple of profound truths. The real problem with communication is the illusion of it. A good deal of the time we hear what we want to hear and disregard the rest. None of us has a monopoly on truth though deep in our heart and soul we believe our view, or interpretation is the most complete one, the most relevant one.

    You and I have a different reference point about Politics. We each have a bias. I would like us to face our biases.

    It’s ok to disagree; it’s not ok to stonewall, resist, obstruct and deny the results of the recent election. The ubiquitous anti-Trump sentiment is a destructive force in our country today. What would you expect from the right if Hillary Clinton would have one?

    Donald Trump won fair and square. Russia did not influence my vote. In America to the winner go the spoils. This time around the left could not accept the loss. Was unwilling to cooperate with the new administration. For the first time in my memory the mainstream media is an arm of the left. This is an unprecedented concentration of power and propaganda. The result? In your face hostility and opposition. Partisanship so intense that it is almost impenetrable.

    Trump was elected by the voters in part because his followers believes he is serious about reducing the threat from radical Islamic terrorism. It is not an anti immigrant stance or anti religious stance, it is anti terrorism strategy. The left exaggerates Trumps executive order to be anti Muslim or anti immigrant. I do not see it that way.

    America has a unique heritage and destiny. People should immigrate here if they support our values. They should be vetted. We have the right as a country to be selective in who comes into this country. Quality control is not evil. It is American to protect our values, our constitution. The left feels animosity for people like me that want USC to embrace our rich heritage. I do not wish to surrender to an anything goes policy. We are not just a chunk of land. We are America and we stand for certain things.

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