The Backlash against "Immigrants” Is Offensive and
absurd -- We're All Immigrants- by James Robinson,
a strong and adverse reaction by a
large number of people, especially to
a social or political development.
"a public backlash against racism“
synonyms: adverse reaction, adverse
response, counterblast, comeback,
In 400 years ago the first of four major immigration waves
hit the shores of what later came to be known as the
United States of America. These early immigrants (aka
Colonists) were almost all from the islands comprising the
United Kingdom, with a smattering from the Continent
By 1700, approximately 250,000 immigrants
inhabited the Colonies
By 1775 another 500,000 people had made
the treacherous crossing.
Irish, Italian and Scottish escaping conflict
and oppression made their way here.
Wales, and Finland).
THE SALAD BOWL
An American historian, Frederick
Jackson Turner, once said that the
United States ought to be described
as a salad bowl rather than a melting
pot. Americans get mixed together
like leaves in a salad bowl, by
THE EARLY IMMIGRANT BACKLASH
The flood of immigrants alarmed many 'native-
born' Americans, who were often only a generation
removed from their own immigrant roots. Some
feared job competition; others disliked the religion,
politics or ethnicity of the newcomers. During the
1850's, the "America Party" (aka the Know-Nothing
Party) demanded laws to reduce immigration and
to make it harder for foreigners to become
First anti-immigrant law
The first anti-immigrant law, passed in California, targeted the
Chinese. In 1882, the US passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which
was not repealed until 1943.
Even then, immigration quotas for Chinese were only raised
above 105 per year by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The late 1800s were difficult for Chinese in the US--the growing
trade union movement based part of its organizing strategy on
advocating deportation of Chinese immigrants. Race riots on the
West coast were the response of angry whites who blamed
Chinese for their woes.
The Contemporary Anti-Immigrant
The 1965 law states that 20 percent of all numerically
restricted visas will be allocated for skilled workers
and 6 percent for refugees, with the remainder split
among various family-oriented preference
categories. Importantly, spouses, dependent
children, and parents of US citizens were exempted
from any numerical limits. It is this provision that
particularly drew the wrath of the right.
The Contemporary Anti-Immigrant
In the 1980s, anti-immigrant sentiment grew during the
debate over immigration reform. Supporters of the
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 argued that
immigrants were stealing jobs and draining the economy,
and that political turmoil in Mexico and Central America
would spill over into the US. Defenders of immigrants
argued that immigrants are, in fact, a positive force in the
American workforce and that the US is historically a nation
The Immigration Act of 1990
Reaffirmed the centrality of family
reunification, which has been the touchstone of
US immigration policy since 1965. However,
the concept of family reunification is now
THE FINAL LAW
Authored by Senator Alan Simpson (R-
Wyoming) and Representative Romano
Mazzoli (D-Kentucky), and promoted by
the Reagan White House, was intended to
shut the door on the further flow of illegal
immigrants, while ostensibly supporting
immigrants by offering "legalized" status to
undocumented immigrants already in the
To save our country and our
jobs, we need to close down
our borders and keep out
The Atlantic Monthly Article:
Quotes directly from The Camp of the Saints, a copy of which
describes the masses threatening the white, and naturally civilized
"All the kinky-haired, swarthy-skinned, long-despised phantoms; all
the teeming ants toiling for the white man's comfort; all the swill
men and sweepers, the troglodytes, the stinking drudges, the swivel-
hipped menials, the women less wretches, the lung-spewing hackers.
. . .
"These "five billion growling human beings" are threatening the
"seven hundred million whites."
Is Illegal Immigration an Economic
Burden to America? (Pros/Yes)
"In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received
around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying
some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal
deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of around $14,387 per
household. This cost had to be borne by U.S. taxpayers... Under
current law, all unlawful immigrant households together have an
aggregate annual deficit of around $54.5 billion.“
Robert Rector, MA, Senior Research Fellow in Domestic Policy at the
Heritage Foundation, and Jason Richwine, PhD, Senior Policy Analyst
for the Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation (at the
time of the quote) in their May 6, 2013
Is Illegal Immigration an Economic Burden to
"Many undocumented immigrants pay taxes, use government
services and collect benefits. Most importantly, undocumented
immigrants contribute to the economy. Labor economists agree
that there are net gains to having a larger labor supply. Some
groups benefit more than others do - and some may even be hurt
by the millions of undocumented immigrants.
In 2012, researchers at the Cato Institute estimated that a mass
deportations policy would reduce economic growth by around
$250 billion per year. Those costs would not be evenly distributed:
Those at the very bottom of the income distribution, particularly
those without a high school diploma, may even earn higher wages
in the absence of undocumented immigrants. But in total,
The Backlash against "Immigrants” Is
Offensive and absurd -- We're All
Immigrants- by James Robinson, 2010
Pulling up the Ladder -The Anti-Immigrant
Backlash by Doug Brugge
The Daily Conversation – History of USA
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