February 27 - Immigrants and American Democracy

February 27 - Immigrants and American Democracy - Political...

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Political Science 201 American Government February 27, 2007 Immigrants and American Democracy After WWII, there is a power struggle between Congress and the Executive over immigration policy o 1952 – McCarran Walter Act Reaffirmed national origins quotas It allowed anyone to come in, not just white people However, the quotas were so low, not that many people could actually immigrate Classifying Americans: Immigration and U.S. Government Policy o African-American slave immigration was coerced migration Slave-trade clause – Article I, Section 9 of Constitution o Naturalization Act of 1790 – limited citizenship to “free white persons” o Period between the founding of the nation and the late 1800s was a period of unrestricted immigration No regulation or checkpoints The vast majority of immigrants during this time were from Western Europe o Asian exclusion acts Excluded immigrants from China, Japan, India, Philippines, etc. The period of heavy restrictions against immigrants in America was aimed mainly at Asians o 1952 – McCarran-Walter Act Roots in the Cold War
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