Friday, September 16, 2011
Keeping America White Anglo-Saxon and Protestant
Argument for the Immigration Act of 1924 (repealed in 1965) from the 1920s:
A torrent of pauperism and illiteracy pours into this country from Catholic Southern Europe, cheapening the price of American labor, lengthening the bread lines of the large cities, crowding the loathsome tenements, overflowing the mines and mills, and adding enormously to the vice, disease, pauperism, illiteracy and the crime that are driving this Republic hellward. Those human hordes do not become assimilated with our population. They do not. imbibe Americanism. They do not learn our language, and they do not give a thought to our institutions. Their children are separated by the priests into the pope's own parochial schools, where they learn hatred of "heretics," and servility to the foreign potentate whom they are being trained to serve.
--Thomas Watson, author, The Italian Pope's Campaign Against the Constitutional Rights of American Citizens
Argument for the Immigration of 1924 (repealed in 1965) from 2011:
The immigration system in the United States worked very, very well up until the mid-1960s when liberal members of Congress changed the immigration laws. What works is to have people come into the United States with a little bit of money in their pocket, legally, with sponsors so that if anything happens to them they don’t fall back on the taxpayers to take care of them.
--Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-MN)