Politics of Hate category archive
The first racist U. S. immigration law was The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
At the San Francisco Chronicle, the granddaughter of a Chinese man who came to the U. S. to study architecture in 1919 shares his story; she suggests that it provides context for much of what’s happening today.
Here’s a bit:
The White House has just vowed to slash the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. for resettlement by almost half. It plans to bar asylum applications from migrants who pass through another country on their way to America. And the nation’s highest court last year upheld a travel ban from certain predominantly Muslim countries by citing the president’s broad authority to bar immigrants deemed “detrimental to the interest of the United States.”
The roots of that authority lie in the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, the first immigration law to outlaw an entire ethnic group. It was made permanent 10 years later by the Geary Act, which made illegal immigration a federal crime punishable by a year in prison, with hard labor. All Chinese residents, even those born here, had to carry a residence permit, or face deportation. Chinese were not allowed to bear witness in court, and only a “credible white witness” could testify on their behalf. After that, the 1921 Quota Act numerically limited immigration for the first time.
The entire piece is worth the three minutes of your time it will take to read it.
Elie Mystal reacts to the Trump Administration’s latest barrage in its never-ending fusillade of racism and bigotry, this one directed at the Trumpists’ attempt to rip protections from Haitian refugees legally present in the United States.
Just read it.
Paul Krugman looks for the motives behind Donald Trump’s war on California. A snippet:
You see, modern California — once a hotbed of conservatism — has become a very liberal, very Democratic state, in part thanks to rapidly rising Hispanic and Asian populations. And since the early years of this decade, when Democrats won first the governorship, then a supermajority in the state Legislature, liberals have been in a position to pursue their agenda, raising taxes on high incomes and increasing social spending.
Conservatives confidently predicted disaster, declaring that the state was committing “economic suicide.” You might think that the failure of that disaster to materialize, especially combined with the way California has outperformed states like Kansas and North Carolina that turned hard right while it was turning left, might induce them to reconsider their worldview. That is, you might think that if you haven’t been paying any attention to the right-wing mindset.