September 8, 2018

YEAH, BUT THE BOG-TROTTERS REALLY WERE WOGS:

An Old Anti-Irish Law Is at the Heart of Trump's Plan to Reshape Legal Immigration: The administration is preparing a rule to crack down on immigrants who receive public benefits. (NOAH LANARD, SEP. 6, 2018, Mother Jones)

Boston's 1845 census grouped the home countries of the city's indigent into three buckets: the United States, Ireland, and everywhere else. Massachusetts Protestants attacked Irish immigrants for draining public resources. The state's solution was to deport people it considered likely to become "public charges." That same strategy is now at the center of the Trump administration's attempt to reshape legal immigration in the United States. [...]

Blocking the poor from entering the country is nearly as old as US immigration law itself. In his 2017 book, Expelling the Poor, Hidetaka Hirota, an assistant professor at Waseda University in Tokyo who previously taught US immigration history at the City College of New York, explains how Massachusetts and New York created the foundation for US immigration restrictions by turning away and deporting Irish migrants fleeing the potato famine in the 1840s. When the United States adopted its first comprehensive immigration law in 1882, both states made sure there was a public charge provision that allowed immigration officials to exclude impoverished Irish migrants. The current version of that provision states that immigrants who are "likely at any time to become a public charge" will not be admitted into the United States or allowed to adjust their immigration statuses. Now, the Trump administration hopes to use this provision to target migrants who are disproportionately people of color.

It's not as if the Irish were assimilable.

Posted by at September 8, 2018 8:05 AM

  

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