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  • Despite the outcry over President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, banning travel

  • from seven Muslim majority countries, the United States has a rich history of discrimination against specific countries and ethnicities.

  • Originally, as per the First US Congress in 1790, only [quote] "free white persons" of

  • "good moral character" would be allowed as citizens of the United States.

  • But this wasn't an explicit ban on immigrants.

  • That would come later, in 1882, after thousands emigrated from China to US, largely as workers.

  • This mass migration sparked a wave of xenophobia across the country, with fears that American jobs were being taken from Americans.

  • The Chinese Exclusion Act placed a ban on people who were ethnically Chinese, halting nearly all immigration from China for decades.

  • But while this was the first such law, a broader and more restrictive law was the Immigration

  • Act of 1924, which was passed to lower existing quotas for immigrants from certain countries

  • and specifically out right banned Asian ethnicities from immigration.

  • In Japan this was met with a National Humiliation Day in protest to the unjust law.

  • Nearly two decades after this law stopped Asian immigration, Japan attacked the United

  • States at Pearl Harbor, drawing the US into World War Two.

  • Ironically, a U.S. Presidential Commission later found that Japanese militarism and anti-Americanism grew dramatically after the ban.

  • One Japanese military commander even reportedly stated that the attack was retribution for

  • the behavior of the United States, and in part, the restrictions on immigration.

  • Following Pearl Harbor, the US government imprisoned more than 100,000 people of Japanese

  • ethnicity, done via Executive Order by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  • Many families were torn apart, businesses failed, some people even died during the roughly

  • four-year-long internment.

  • And more than half of those interned were American citizens.

  • In 1965 the U.S. tried to right the wrongs of its past with the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

  • The law, signed by President Lyndon Johnson, statesNo person shall receive any preference

  • or priority or be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because

  • of his race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence.”

  • The legality of President Trump's immigration ban is questioned under the 1965 law because

  • it singles out the muslim majority countries of Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.

  • In a statement following his executive order, Trump said, “This is not about religion

  • - this is about terror and keeping our country safe.”

  • But between 1975 and 2015, none of these countries have produced citizens which have killed Americans

  • in terror attacks on U.S. soil.

  • Trump, is defending the ban under an immigration law passed in 1952, which gives the president

  • the authority to ban [quote] “any class of aliens”.

  • But the 1965 law is actually an update of the 1952 law, thereby superseding it, and

  • casting doubt on the legality of Trump's actions.

  • President Trump has stated that his immigration restrictions are no different than limitations

  • put in place by former President Barack Obama.

  • In 2011 Iraqi nationals in the US on visa programs were placed under greater scrutiny

  • after an Iraqi terror cell was discovered in the US.

  • However, unlike Trump's ban, those with valid visas, green cards, and dual citizenship

  • were able to come and go as they had previously.

  • Additionally, while Obama's restrictions were a response to an active threat, Trump's

  • ban is based on his campaign promises.

  • The history of immigration bans in the United States shows that they are short-sighted and potentially dangerous.

  • Politicians such as Senator John McCain have said that the ban may serve to fuel ISIS propaganda,

  • and even some social media posts by alleged members of ISIS have celebrated the ban.

  • According to Iran's Foreign Minister, Trump's plan is “a great gift to extremists”,

  • as it serves to divide the US and the Muslim world.

  • Critics of Trump's plan to ban immigration from seven Muslim majority countries, have

  • expressed fear about potential repercussions.

  • If U.S. history is any indication, the fallout could be devastating to the progress of the country.

  • Within the U.S., President Trump is threatening to cut off federal funding to some of the

  • country's largest cities as long as they continue to resist immigration enforcement.

  • Find out what this means for Sanctuary Cities by watching this video here.

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The Dark History Of Immigration Bans In The U.S.

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