November 27, 2014

IMMIGRATION LIMITS ARE ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE ABOUT RACIAL HYGIENE:

This Legal Immigrant Agrees: Let Illegals Come Out of the Shadows (Cathy Young, November 27, 2014, RCP)

Amidst predictably partisan reactions to President Obama's recent executive order offering five million illegal immigrants a reprieve from deportation, some critics have denounced it as a special affront to immigrants who played by the rules to come to this country. So, as one of those legal immigrants--my family came to America from the Soviet Union in 1980--let me say that illegal immigrants do not offend me. Like some two-thirds of Americans, I believe that if they have committed no crimes while living in the United States, they should be granted the option to stay here legally and, in the President's word, "come out of the shadows."

Yes, they broke the law by coming here. But as federal judge Alex Kozinski and attorney Misha Tseytlin--both of whom, incidentally, are legal immigrants, from Romania and the Soviet Union--point out in a 2009 essay with the self-explanatory title, "You're (Probably) a Federal Criminal," federal law today is so vast in reach that most of us have probably broken it at some point. And a few have done so to accolades from some of the same folks who are greatly exercised about law-breaking border-crossers. See, for instance, Nevada lawbreaker Cliven Bundy, the rancher who insisted on letting his cattle graze on federal land without paying the legally required fees, and whose defenders (before he started spouting racist tirades) included Fox News talk show host and illegal immigration hardliner Sean Hannity.

In many ways, immigration law is especially arbitrary and capricious--and hardly sacrosanct given its history. For a century after the American founding, we had open borders; a 1798 law allowed the President to order the deportation of resident aliens from a country at war with the United States, but that's about it. The first laws limiting immigration were strongly tainted with overt racism; the Page Act of 1875, which forbade entry to "undesirable" aliens, specifically targeted Asian laborers, and its 1882 sequel was actually called the Chinese Exclusion Act.



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