Immigration is a complicated subject, so I’ll start with its background, the numbers, and the Immigration and Naturalization acts that affect the legal nature of things.
Our leaders, schools, and the media will tell you none of this, but as I have said before, with knowledge comes power and the wisdom to wield it. Let's go.
Here are a few statistics to show how and where the immigration flowed into the country. We started tracking immigration arrivals in 1875 and then began the first restrictions. These are the number of arrivals every 50 years to give a little perspective:
In 1840, we had 131 cities, and by 1900, it had grown to 1,700 cities after the western expansion. The Immigration Act of 1924 limited the number of immigrants allowed entry into the United States through a national origins quota. This proved that it was a privilege and not a right. This quota system provided immigration visas to 2% of the total number of people of each nationality in the United States as of the 1890 National Census. This was to allow the integration of these immigrants into the fabric of America.
The Immigration and Nationalization Act of 1952, otherwise known as the McCarran-Walters act. (Public law no.82-414) codified under title 8 of the U.S.Code and governed immigration and citizenship to the United States. It has been in effect since June 27, 1952. The act abolished racial restrictions, (Islam is not a race), dating back to the Naturalization Act of 1790. It retained the quota system for nationality and region and established a preference system which gave ethnic groups desirability and placed great importance on labor qualifications.
The act allowed the government to deport immigrants or naturalized citizens engaged in subversive activities and barring those suspected of subversive criteria from naturalization. This is very important to the present day. To meet the criteria for naturalization, a person must be 18 years old and lawfully admitted to live permanently in the U.S. They must be a resident for five years and reside in the state in which they seek naturalization for six months of those five years. They must be of good moral character and attached to the principles of the Constitution. Good moral character is defined here as not being a drunk or adulterer, not having more than one wife, not making a living as a gambler, lying to immigration and naturalization, being in jail for 180 days of those five years, or conviction as a murderer.
The Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 modified this substantially with some provisions revoked in 1990 that excluded certain classes of immigrants based on political beliefs. The hyperbole of the temporary ban on immigration from those six largely Muslim nations that the Trump administration implemented via executive order and the current battle in the judiciary gets its origins here.
Next up: illegal immigration today.