Thursday, July 29, 2010

Brown is the New Yellow

A friendly reminder. I think I have posted this before, but part of my rage regarding the Arizona Immigration law is how deeply rooted it is in our history. Uhmerika hasn't changed a bit.

Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882:

The Chinese Exclusion Act was a significant restriction on free immigration in U.S. history. The Act excluded Chinese "skilled and unskilled laborers and Chinese employed in mining" from entering the country for ten years under penalty of imprisonment and deportation.[7][8] The few Chinese non-laborers who wished to immigrate had to obtain certification from the Chinese government that they were qualified to immigrate, which tended to be difficult to prove.[8] Volpp argues that the "Chinese Exclusion Act" is a misnomer, in that it is assumed to be the starting point of Chinese exclusionary laws in the United States. She suggests attending to the intersections of race, gender, and U.S. citizenship in order to both understand the restraints of such a historical tendency and make visible Chinese female immigration experiences, including the Page Act of 1875.[9]

The Act also affected Asians who had already settled in the United States. Any Chinese who left the United States had to obtain certifications for reentry, and the Act made Chinese immigrants permanent aliens by excluding them from U.S. citizenship.[7][8] After the Act's passage, Chinese men in the U.S. had little chance of ever reuniting with their wives, or of starting families in their new home.[7]

And it got worse before it got better...

I hope the administration will continue to use the legal system to thwart such asinine and nativist laws, but this isn't going away and it lends itself to a rather ugly road ahead. However, the question "Where does this coming from?" should be rather simple, in times of change or uncertainty part of Uhmerika always returns to its most base instincts. And in 2010 we have a network (with various facilitators) all too willing to perpetuate ignorance.

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